- Ghost-hunting?: The Search for Henry Bohn's First Worcester Dictionary
- Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America
- Dictionary Society of North America
- Volume 38, Issue 1, 2017
- pp. 47-66
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In about 1852 an edition of a dictionary written by Joseph E. Worcester was published in London by Henry G. Bohn, which stated untruthfully on its title page that it had been "Compiled from the Materials of Noah Webster LLD," whose American Dictionary Worcester had earlier abridged. Bohn later claimed to have first published his edition of the Worcester dictionary in 1846, but evidence for that dictionary is so scarce and inconclusive that it was suggested to the author of this paper that it did not exist, that it was a "ghost." Examining contemporary advertisements and book catalogues, as well as current library catalogues, the article shows that Bohn did indeed publish an earlier Worcester dictionary; a copy is located, and an image of its title-page provided.