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Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
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10,00015,000
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90
Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Boswell, James.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON. HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791

4to, first edition, one of 1,750 copies, 2 volumes, engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson by James Heath after Reynolds in volume 1,  two engraved plates by H. Shepherd in volume 2 (of Round Robin addressed to Johnson and of his hand-writing), earlier state with reading "gve" in line 10 of p.135 of volume 1, seven cancel leaves as usual, with initial blank in volume 2, original blue-grey boards, preserved in modern black cloth folding box, rebacked with white parchment, some spotting to text and boards, a few minor blemishes and marginal tears, extremities of binding slightly worn, some discoloration to boards


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Provenance

William Harris Arnod, bookplates (dated 1921); Beverly Chew, bookplates

Literature

Pottle 79; Grolier English 54; Rothschild 463; Tinker 338

Catalogue Note

First edition in boards of the most celebrated biography, in any language, of all time:  "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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