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Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LLD. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
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89
Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LLD. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LLD. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
4to (268 x 208mm.), 2 volumes 4to, first edition, one of 1,750 copies, first state with reading "gve" in line 10, p.135 of volume 1, engraved portrait of Johnson by James Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2 engraved plates of facsimiles by H. Shepherd, without initial blank in volume 2,cancel leaves Mm4, Nn1 (volume 1) and E3, Oo4, Qq3, Zz1 and Eee2 (volume2), contemporary calf gilt, spines in six compartments with morocco labels, slipcase, joints cracked or partially split, some further edge wear, some slight foxing and browning
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Provenance

The writer and essayist Sir Edmund William Gosse, his bookplate in volume 1

Literature

Pottle 79; Grolier English 65; Rothshild 463; Tinker 338

Catalogue Note

Edmund Gosse's copy of the first edition of the first great modern biography, and still the most famous, in any language, of all time. It is "one of Western literature's most germinal achievements: unprecedented in its time in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and recorded conversation..." (Gordon Turnbull, Oxford DNB)

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