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JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-84)
A JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND
printed for W Strahan; and T Cadell in the Strand, London, 1775. First Edition, first printing. Demy 8vo (22cm) (2), 384, (2) pp; with 12 line errata at the back; small floral colophon to the titlepage, which is slightly spotted; scattered spotting and areas of toning throughout, though not in any way obfuscating; newly rebound in calf gilt with a grecian urn design amid swirls and swags to the spine and the title label in red morocco; single gilt border around the edges of the boards. A most attractive copy and a fine example of the modern binder's craft. First Edition, first printing. A most attractive copy and a fine example of the modern binder's craft. Dr Johnson's classic travel narrative traces his 83 day journey through northern Scotland and the western islands, in particular the Hebrides, in the late summer and autumn of 1773. Dr Johnson's classic travel narrative, of which only 2000 copies were originally printed, traces his 83 day journey through northern Scotland and the western islands, in particular the Hebrides, in the late summer and autumn of 1773. It contains fascinating observations on the social customs and political conditions of the day while also observing agricultural and farming practices, the local wildlife and scenery, all accompanied by a poignant, personal commentary on the inhabitants of the region. The 63-year-old Johnson was accompanied by his 32-year-old friend James Boswell, whose record of the trip was published in 1785 as 'A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides'. The two narratives are often published as a single volume, which is beneficial … [Click Below for Full Description]
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