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AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF MR RICHARD SAVAGE, SON OF THE EARL RIVERS
London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1744.. [2],184,179-180pp. Octavo. 20th century three quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt labels. Bookplate on pastedown, spine slightly sunned and rubbed, bound without the half-title and advert leaf (the latter as almost inevitable), old light ink smudge to title, tiny mend to original stabhole in inner margin of gutter, verso of last leaf dusty, otherwise a very good copy. First edition, second state, with the one line erratum in the lower margin of the last page of text (erroneously paginated '180' but in actuality '186'). Savage, who has been described as "an impostor, a libeller and something of a ruffian" (Camb. History of English Lit), died in Bristol prison in August 1743. Johnson announced his tribute to his friend of youth shortly after, and claimed that he wrote the first 48pp. of text at a single all-night sitting. It received a positive reception at the time, but posterity has shown Johnson's affectionate recollections occasionally collided with the facts. COURTNEY & SMITH, p.15. FLEEMAN 44.2LS/1b. ESTC T164058. ROTHSCHILD 1223.
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