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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 many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition never before published. The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain..
London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. First edition, second issue with "give" reading in vol. I, 2 volumes, 4to, , but a nice copy, with the Round Robin plate, plate showing facsimile signatures of Johnson, and the famous stipple engraved portrait of Johnson by Heath after Joshua Reynolds. All the standard cancels are present, per Pottle. Celebrated for its intimacy and vividness, Boswell's Life of Johnson "is one of the best books in the world. It is assuredly a great, very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of the heroic poets, Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of the dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of the orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers" (Macaulay). Grolier, English 100, no. 65; Rothschild 463; Pottle 79.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [U.S.A.]
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