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Boswell, James
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER; A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH EMINENT PERSONS; AND VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. LONDON: HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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Boswell, James
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER; A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH EMINENT PERSONS; AND VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. LONDON: HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Boswell, James
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER; A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH EMINENT PERSONS; AND VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. LONDON: HENRY BALDWIN FOR CHARLES DILLY, 1791
4to (295 x 225mm.), 2 volumes, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (volume 1, p.135, line 10 "gve" for "give"), aquatint portrait frontispiece of Johnson by J. Heath after Joshua Reynolds, original blue-grey paper boards, cream paper spines lettered in ink at a later date, uncut, later red morocco-backed chemises and morocco-tipped slipcase, repaired marginal tear in frontispiece, minor localised marginal worming in volume 1, without initial blank in volume 2, occasional light spotting or soiling, soiling to boards, joints cracking (upper cover of volume 1 nearly detached), extremities worn
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Provenance

Viscount Birkenhead, armorial bookplate; Victor Rothschild, bookplate

Literature

Pottle 79; Rothschild 463; Tinker 338

Catalogue Note

A FINE, UNSOPHISTATED COPY OF THE MOST CELEBRATED BIOGRAPHY IN ANY LANGUAGE. "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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