- Boswell, James
- The Principal Corrections and Additions to the First Edition of Mr. Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1793
A letter from the solicitor of Lady Talbot to Ralph Isham sent with the pamphlet on 7 June 1951 is included in the lot.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
This title was Boswells' last publication, appearing at the same time as the second edition of Life.
The Boswell archive was presumed lost until the early twentieth century, when it became known that many of his papers remained in the collection of his great-great-grandson, the 6th Baron Talbot de Malahide, and had been moved at some point from Auchinleck, Boswell's home in Scotland, to Malahide Castle, near Dublin. Over two decades, the American collection Ralph Isham reassembled Boswell's papers, including those at Malahide Castle. He announced in 1948 that his collection was now complete; this pamphlet was later gifted to him by Lady Talbot in 1951.