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Letters to and from the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. To which are added, some poems never before printed. Published from the original Mss. in her possession, By Hester Lynch Piozzi. In two volumes
Dublin: Printed for Messrs. R. Moncrieffe et al., 1788. Two volumes bound as one. xvi, 279, [1], 306pp. Contemporary polished marbled calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Spine a trifle rubbed, slight splitting to upper joint, corners bumped. Armorial bookplate of Robert Wilmot to FEP, neat ink annotation to first volume title, slight shaving to bottom margin of leaf S of Vol. II. The first Irish edition, appearing the same year as the first English printing, of the correspondence between Samuel Johnson and Hester Lynch Piozzi. A majority of the letters are from Johnson to Piozzi, and cover the period from August 1765 to July 1784. Johnson in one instance expresses his consternation at her marriage to Mr. Piozzi, and expresses gratitude for 'that kindness which soothed twenty years of a life radically wretched.' Johnson regularly called at the Piozzi household, keeping his own room above the library in Streatham in which he worked. The collection has proved an invaluable source for biographical details of Johnson, balancing the often biased portrait presented by Boswell.The 'poems never before printed' are verses addressed to Dr. Lawrence and translations from Boethius, with which Johnson received assistance from Piozzi. ESTC T75351.. First Dublin edition. 8vo.
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