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PIOZZI, Hester Lynch, ed.(Samuel Johnson)
Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson
London: Printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1788. Octavo, contemporary calf boards. Half-title in vol-II, Gilt decorated spines with red and black leather labels. An attractive set. First edition of Hester Thrale Piozzi’s significant selection of Dr. Johnson’s erudite and entertaining letters—“the first publication and canonization of a large body of his correspondence”—uncut in original boards. Samuel Johnson once hailed Hester Thrale, later Piozzi, as "if not the wisest woman in the world undoubtedly one of the wisest" (Allibone, 1601). She met him in 1765; he became a frequent houseguest, and she "was flattered by the attentions of this literary lion who took her sufficiently seriously as a poet not only to praise and criticize her efforts but also to suggest collaboration. With Johnson she was soon translating Boethius's Consolations of Philosophy She assisted him in the preparation of his Journey to the Western Islands, and Johnson acknowledged that several of the lives in his Lives of the Poets owed as much to her conversation as to her skills as amanuensis. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Reginald C. Williams Rare Books [Glendale, CA, U.S.A.]
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