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(JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James.
The Life of Samuel Johnson,
London: by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly,, 1791. Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order… The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain for Near a Century During Which He Flourished. In Two Volumes. 2 volumes, quarto (275 × 215 mm). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked preserving the original flat spines, with red and green morocco labels, wavy-line rolls in gilt, board edges gilt, gilt initials centrally stamped on front boards. Portrait frontispiece engraved by James Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2 engraved facsimile plates by H. Shepherd. Engraved armorial bookplate "Lister" and small circular stamps of Thore Virgin's Bibliotheca Qvarnforsiana to front pastedowns, Spines neatly rebacked, preserving the original flat gilt spines, corners neatly restored. Some lower edges uncut, occasional pencil side ruling and marginalia; a very good copy. First edition of the most famous biography in any language. The immense task of compiling the thousands of notes Boswell had recorded on "the great man's talk, habits and opinions" was begun after Johnson's death in 1784. Made up of trifling incidents as well as the significant events in Johnson's life, the work remains a masterpiece of portraiture. "Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic poets, Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers" (Macaulay). Boswell's reputation was further enhanced by the discovery in the early part of the 20th centu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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