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James Boswell [Samuel Johnson]
ORIGINAL 1791 1st ED Rare BOSWELL'S LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON! BIOGRAPHY LEATHER
London: Henry G. Bohn, Covent Garden, 1791. This is an exceptional leather bound near-fine copy of the very famous two volume set of the true first state of the first edition of James Boswell's LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, published by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly in London in 1791, with the Joshua Reynolds 1756 portrait of Samuel Johnson serving as the fronticespiece. As far as whether this copy is the very desirable first state of the first edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, well, first, Volume 2 displays the first-state markings -- p. 585 is numbered 587 and 586 numbered 588. And about the controversial loss of the letter "i" in the word "give" on p. 135, line 10, of Volume One, the "I" is there, which some scholars now give the earlier priority. So I am listing it as the first state of the first edition. And to cap this all off -- the two volumes are absolutely pristine -- with the binding as tight as a drum, the page-edges on both volumes gilt, and the tooling on the spine wonderfully sharp and clear. I have not seen a better copy of this book. The first edition of this book has sold for as much as $20,000. I have inserted a buy-it-now price that is a fraction of this, with any good offer accepted, based on what I paid for this book when I found it. I need to downsize my collection and while I have enjoyed having such greats, it is time to pass them on.
Bookseller: Mamma Loves (cloverro2012) [Pocasset, Massachusetts, US]
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