London: Printed for G. Robinson and T. Cadell, 1773.
Half Leather. First Edition. First Edition of Macbean’s Dictionary of Ancient Geography, whose preface was written by Samuel Johnson, Macbean’s teacher and patron. “Johnson, who praised [Macbean’s] learning and faculty for languages, but described his ‘ignorance of life’ as complete, subsequently advised him to write a geographical dictionary, and wrote a preface for his ‘Dictionary of Ancient Geography’ when it appeared in 1773. The book was well conceived, but Johnson confessed to Madame d’Arblay it destroyed his hopes of Macbean doing anything properly ‘when he found he had given as much labour to Capua as to Rome.’” (DNB XII, 422). Text in two columns. Textblock reasonably bright, with no marks. Partially rebacked, with top and bottom edges of the spine replaced by a conservator using Japanese tissue; spots of rubbing and surface loss to the paper covered boards, and top, rear leather corner lacking. Half leather, over marbled paper; stamped lettering on the spine, now faded to blind. (ESTC T31818).
Very Good binding.