The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Recently found by viaLibri....

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 century of the Boswell Papers, which were stored in the Malahide Castle of Ireland for generations. What resulted from this discovery was the revelation of Boswell as an extraordinary personality in his own right; a far more complex, eccentric genius than the mere recorder of Johnson's conversations. This copy has p. 135, vol. 1, in the corrected state, reading "give". This is not an issue point for the whole book; some copies read "gve", but the correction was made in the press, and 1,750 copies with either state were available on publication day, 16 May 1791 (800 were sold in the first two weeks).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2015-12-10           Check availability:      Biblio    

LINK TO THIS PAGE: www.vialibri.net/years/items/1029630/1791-johnson-samuel-boswell-james-the-life-of-samuel-johnson

Browse more rare books from the year 1791


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     563 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     


Copyright © 2019 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.