Contains a supplement of 25 words, including second thoughts on ‘DENIGRATE’, moving the accent from 2nd to 1st syllable, and an afterword (advertisement? Republished New York 1804, Philadelphia 1806, 18, and possibly Dublin 1798 as 3rd Edition.
In 1774 he published ‘A General Idea of a Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, on a Plan Entirely New’, but the dictionary itself did not appear until 1791, by which time he had also published ‘A Dictionary of the English Language, answering at once the purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing.
On a Plan not hitherto attempted.’(1775, the 1st Edition of the Rhyming Dictionary and still in print), ‘The Elements of Elocution’(1781), ‘A Rhetorical Grammar’(1785) and ‘The Melody of Speaking’(1787).
It seems more likely that Dublin 1798 is either the 2nd Irish Edition or a reprint of Dublin 1794. 1802 3rd Edition, with considerable improvements and large additions.
Has ‘DENIGRATE’ accented on the 1st syllable as the preferred choice, with a note beginning: ‘In the last edition of this Dictionary…’ Also ‘Advertisement to the 3rd Edition’, an Appendix of 213 words, and a conclusion similar to that of the 2nd Edition.
John Walker was born at Friern Barnet, in the county of Middlesex, on the 18th March 1732.
Brought up by his mother, he was ‘instructed in trade’, but when she died, John being still young, he went on the stage, at first with provincial companies, but later at Drury Lane, where he worked under Garrick.
The next edition chronologically was the stereotype.
John Murdoch (1747-1824) in his preface dated 1st May 1809, claims to have received the mantle directly from Walker: ‘Mr Walker did me the honour, a considerable time before his decease, of recommending me as a fit person to edit this Stereotype edition.’ Certainly he was known to Walker, who was a subscriber, albeit posthumously, to Murdoch’s ‘Dictionary of Distinctions’, published in London in 1811 by Longman, Law et al.
The dictionary spread to Australia, probably by export through the firm of Thomas Tegg and Sons.
I have no evidence at present to suggest that it was actually printed there, nor any for its existence in any other colonies.
There is nothing at present to suggest any revisions over the course of its existence, and after 1830 it appears to have been superseded almost entirely by new editions.