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Thomas Campbell; Samuel Raymond
Diary of a Visit to England in 1775, by an Irishman
Sydney: Waugh and Cox, 1854. First edition. Cloth. Very Good. 7.5" by 4.5". None. The extremely scarce first edition of these travel diaries by Thomas Campbell, documenting his 1775 trip to England. Not seen at auction since 2010. The first edition of this work. Thomas Campbell was an Irish Protestant clergyman, who travelled to England multiple times during the 1770s to 1790s. This work documents his trip to England in 1775, containing his dairies of his trip. It was previously believed by Boswell that Campbell's journey to England was to see Dr Johnson. However, it is noted to the preface that 'The allusions to Dr Johnson in the Diary, on the occasion of the writer's first meeting with him, would lead to the conclusion, that he was not guilty of the foolishness attributed to him by Boswell, that of making a journey to London, principally to see Dr Johnson; although there is little doubt, that he came over with a desire to see something of the Members of that Society, of which Johnson was the most conspicuous'. Campbell associated with the likes of Boswell and Johnson during his visit, even if it was not his sole intention. He dined with many of Johnson's associates, which is discussed in these pages. Campbell details many dinner discussions had with the literary gentlemen. Campbell also gives a brief discussion of the locations visited during his stay, and the weather. This volume is the first edition, as his dairies from the 1775 trip weren't published until 1845. His diaries were brought to Australia by his nephew, where they became hidden in a book-press … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA [Bath, United Kingdom]

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