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  • 121.
    Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary Masterpiece

    June 1746 deeply dissatisfied
    with the dictionaries of the period
    London booksellers contracted

    Dr Samuel Johnson to write
    'A Dictionary of the English Language'
    15 April 1755 finally published.

    Johnson took nine years to create
    an authoritative dictionary of the English language
    could finish in three years he claimed?

    Preposterous Académie Française employed;
    in comparison over forty learned scholars
    spending needing forty years to complete;

    its dictionary in the French language.
    Forty Frenchmen times forty years
    is not nine but 1600 years to complete.

    Miracle miracle Johnson 1591 years defeats.
    For what princely sum did Johnson contract
    with William Strahan and printer associates;

    a preeminent Dictionary in English to complete?
    18 June 1746 in historic morning was signed
    a project prestigious contact worth 1,500 guineas?

    This sum of 1,500 guineas is
    in pounds £1,575 equivalent
    in 2012 to about £230,000.

    A consortium of London's most
    successful printers including Robert
    Dodsley, Thomas Longman, would

    finance a dictionary none could afford;
    on such scale to undertake alone, thus was
    contracted to be; a meticulous feat of legend.

    Twas said 'the world contemplated
    with wonder so stupendous a work achieved
    by one man, while other countries

    had thought such undertakings
    fit only for whole academies'.'
    OED took writers 70 years to complete.

    Johnson's Dictionary unlike all proto-dictionaries;
    earlier printed painstaking care exhibited
    an exact completeness in illustrations definitions.

    Upon bold title page was proud acknowledged;
    Oxford had awarded Johnson a Master of Arts
    degree in anticipation of so great an achievement.

    This titanic marvel an unprecedented;
    dictionary contained pages 18 inches
    46 cm tall nearly 20 inches 50 cm wide.

    Paper chosen was of the finest;
    quality available running to a cost
    of near £1,600 more than sum paid;

    to Johnson to write what he pronounced
    to be 'Vasta mole superbus' 'Proud
    in its great bulk' a marvelous achievement.

    No book this size except a few special editions;
    of the Bible had even been set to type thus
    no single bookseller could this book hope to print.

    With pride Dr Samuel Johnson proclaims his;
    'A Dictionary of the English Language' as words
    deduced from their originals illustrated;

    in their different significations by examples;
    from the best writers to which he had prefixed
    an English Grammar a history of the language.

    Revolutionary genius Johnson's important;
    innovation was to illustrate the meanings
    of words with famous English literary quotations;

    approximately 114,000 by the best writers;
    Shakespeare, Milton and Dryden were authors
    by Johnson most frequently included cited.

    The colossal work each copy cost £4/10/- equivalent;
    to £675 in 2005, a small fortune, so exorbitant an amount,
    that five editions and thirty years later only copies 6,000;

    had been sold averaging 200 books a year for thirty years.
    Publication universal appreciation a standing ovation heralds
    honours innovative content and Johnson's efforts to create it.

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock read more »

  • 122.
    Headlines 1966

    June 6,1966


  • 123.
    I cannot forget the month of June

    I cannot forget
    The month of June
    My memories
    Take to my child hood read more »

  • 124.
    The Udders Now Collapse Too

    The Shoddy Times June 18 2012 read more »

  • 125.
    Walk of Venus

    Walk of Venus

    On the 6th of June 2012
    We saw the Venus walk read more »

  • 126.
    Alamo Revisited

    34 minutes ago
    June Smithster
    Alamo revisited read more »

  • 127.
    Christmas In June

    The hottest June on record
    couldn’t bear it
    so played Christmas songs
    sung by the immortal read more »

  • 128.
    Timely Open Book

    An attractive pair of eyes
    of almond aspect, startling size, read more »

  • 129.
    Incite Insight


    Can candlelight melt icy start,
    incandescence stem descent, read more »

  • 130.
    2010/11/16 Hollow Reality

    Early morning starting my nightmare document
    my colleagues arrive, we sneer about life and the
    types who are admired today - sports stars and
    film stars and jerks of all kinds, we are laughing read more »

  • 131.
    from Anderson's Piano: Cruachan: derailed train

    A rare red rose bloomed for a week in June.
    Perhaps it saved the lives of those
    who came unharmed from the rock-tripped train
    high above deep water in Argyll read more »

  • 132.
    An Other Day

    It is an other day with out you
    and the month of June is asking me
    It is an other night
    An other night I am waiting you read more »

New June Poems

  1. The Lanes Of Apple Bloom, Edgar Albert Guest
  2. Snows, Emmanuel George Cefai
  3. June...June...June...June... (R), Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  4. Welcome June, Randy McClave
  5. 'Flaming June', A. P. Herbert
  6. Being June, Gargi DuttaKundu
  7. The Hint of June, Rose Lu ( Bing Hua )
  8. From May to June, Ruth Walters
  9. My Lovely June, Valerie Dohren
  10. Dear love and the rain, sallam yassin
  11. This time in june, Bolami lawal
  12. Too Soon (Dedicated To Mrs Tham My El Li.., Skylar Stamon Silver Salvatore
  13. June, Vinz Poetry
  14. Idle in June, H.J. Shreeve
  15. 26 of June, sallam yassin
  16. If Not For June, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  17. June, Richard Lackman
  18. A Tire Swing Outside Of Old St Jo, Blue Dragonfly
  19. Dry Lands In June, Mark Nyamekye Boadi
  20. In June, Robert Matkovic
  21. June, Dollie Radford
  22. June - It's Raining..., Deepthi Vincent
  23. THE MONTH OF JUNE, Aldo Kraas
  24. June 10th, Relizabeth Ferris
  25. ((( Nineteen-Sixty-Three))), Theodora (Theo) Onken
  26. ' Jasmine & Jonquils In June... ', MoonBee Canady
  27. The Days Are Clear, Christina Georgina Rossetti
  28. PLEASE MR. SANDBAR, Harlan Lovestone
  29. corn, Jimi Doyle
  30. *940 PEARL BIRTHSTONE OF JUNE, John Knight
  31. Love like that, Misty moon
  32. A Verse For This Thread, Enriquito Lucero Jr.
  33. June, Paulina Isabel Juarez
  34. D's SC'S, Daniela Iacoppi
  35. Sonnet: My June Bug, Ramon Escamilla
  36. The day in june, Tekkoo Heinrich
  37. Two Short Poems, David Harris
  39. Missed a Beat!, Rajesh Kumar
  40. ! SONG OF JUNE !, Rema Prasanaa
  41. Foxglove Force, Fay Slimm
  43. The month of June, Sylvia Chidi
  44. june bug, yvonne selase nyahe
  45. June Reber, Ruth Street
  46. Of Jeff (on a Rainy Day), Kathryn Sweet
  47. One Day In June, Philip Lore
  48. #320 Haiku Spring's Song, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  49. Butter In The Sky, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  50. #326 Haiku Poetic Moment, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  51. #47 Haiku Collaboration, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  52. One By One, Alejandro Torres
  53. You and I, Alejandro Torres
  54. the clear skies of june haiku, sami girl
  55. Poor Little Bug, Adam Thoms
  56. June (from, MySpace), Peter S. Quinn
  57. #Haiku #327 Garden Treasures, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  58. #323 Haiku Haven of Night, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  59. #322 Haiku Moon's Glow, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  60. #321 Haiku Sun's Goodbye, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  61. #317 Haiku Garden Paths, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  62. #320 Haiku Spring's Song, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  63. #318 Haiku 'S' Curved Waterfall, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  64. #315 Haiku Gold Horizon, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  65. #311 Haiku Double Take, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  66. June, B.. Alexander
  67. Open Me Up, Naveed Akram
  68. June, Francis Duggan
  69. June Perfection, Colin Phillimore
  70. Hayfever, Colin Phillimore
  71. june in january, gershon hepner
  72. I Ate The Hate, Ben Gieske
  73. A Tuesday in June, Dee Daffodil
  74. 0216 Nobility, humility, Michael Shepherd
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