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Johnson's Court

 
 
Johnson's Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. Johnson's Court Marker
Inscription. [Inset within a page of Johnson's Dictionary is the marker text:]

From 1748 to 1759,
Dr. Johnson lived and
worked in these courts,
where he compiled his
famous 'A Dictionary of
the English Language
.'

 
Location. 51° 30.856′ N, 0° 6.516′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Johnson Court and Fleet Street, on the right when traveling west on Johnson Court. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 Fleet Street, City of London, England EC4A 2EA, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Institute of Professional Photography (here, next to this marker); Two Famous Clockmakers (within shouting distance of this marker); Anti-Corn-Law League (within shouting distance of this marker); The Daily Express (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Francis Barber (about 90 meters away); All the Year Round, conducted by Charles Dickens (about 90 meters away); The Standard (about 90 meters away); Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Johnsonís Dictionary. (Submitted on December 30, 2017.)
Johnson's Court Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. Johnson's Court Marker - Wide View
Johnson's Court marker is visible here, embedded in the sidewalk at the entrance of the Court entrance from the north side of Fleet Street. Also visible is the British Institute of Professional Photography marker, mounted on the wall. One would use this entrance to get to the courtyard to see the City of London Corporation's historical marker for a house of Johnson's that is no longer extant. And from there one would follow the signs to Johnson's House on Gough Street, only a few steps further.

2. A Dictionary of the English Language (Wikipedia). "Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, sometimes published as Johnson's Dictionary, is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language....Until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 173 years later, Johnson's was viewed as the pre-eminent English dictionary. According to Walter Jackson Bate, the Dictionary 'easily ranks as one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship, and probably the greatest ever performed by one individual who laboured under anything like the disadvantages in a comparable length of time'." (Submitted on December 30, 2017.) 

3. 1755 - Johnson's Dictionary (British Library). "Samuel Johnson's 'Dictionary of the English Language' is one of the most famous dictionaries in history. First published in 1755, the dictionary took just over eight years to compile, required six helpers, and listed 40,000 words. Each word was defined in detail, the definitions illustrated with quotations covering every branch of learning. It was a huge scholarly achievement, a more extensive and complex dictionary than any of its predecessors - and the comparable French Dictionnarre had taken 55 years to compile and required the dedication of 40 scholars." (Submitted on December 30, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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