The First English Dictionary 1604, by Robert Cawdrey
Robert Cawdrey published his Table Alphabeticall, the very first dictionary in the English language, in 1604, over 150 years before Samuel Johnson produced his. Aimed squarely at the non fiction bestseller lists of its day and to help 'unskilfull persons' unlock difficult words, Cawdrey's book is an intriguing treasure trove of meaning and endlessly quotable definitions that sheds interesting light on early modern life. Prepared from the sole surviving first copy, now in the Bodleian Library, this edition also contains an introduction that explores the historical, social and literary context and the unusual career of Robert Cawdrey.
Published by: Bodleian Library