Book on Table
being Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language.
Just thinking of the amount of work that went into compiling this is humbling ...
Johnson claimed that he could finish the project in three years. In comparison, the Académie Française had forty scholars spending forty years to complete its dictionary, which prompted Johnson to claim, "This is the proportion. Let me see; forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman".