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Rare Facsimiles of Johnson's famous dictionary

I have been collecting some nice facsimiles of Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary of the English Language. Several very nice versions have been printed in recent decades by various publishing houses. ...
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Why did Johnson scoff those "who toil at the lower employments of life" in the preface to his dictionary?

In A Temple of Texts, William Gass writes: In the preface to his Dictionary, Dr. Johnson whines (another persistent feature of the genre)—“It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of ...