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London, Charles Dilly 1793 - LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON James Boswell, 1793; 2nd Edition, First Octavo Edition; London, Charles Dilly; Rebound Leather, Bayntun Bindery; Extra Illustrated; Each About 6-700 Pages; w5.4"xh8.6"; Extremely Rare!!! Great For any fan of the Famous Authors or Collector. Great Shelf Set; Very Rare Extra Illustrated Set; Complete in Three Volumes; Selling for over $3,000 and that's without the 150 extra plates, and worse condition!!! ATTRIBUTES: Three Beautiful, sleek cloth cover designs with Crushed Morocco leather bindings/corners, gold borders, ornate gold Floral bindings, gold page edges, marble end pages, with three great frontispieces (one hand colored), another hand colored plate, two silhouette plates highlighted in gilt, and about 150 extra illustrations laid in throughout, facsimile foldouts, and one of the Greatest Biographies ever Written!!! SUMMARY: The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information on Johnson and his times. The work was popular among early audiences and with modern critics, but some of the modern critics believe that the work cannot be considered a proper biography. BACKGROUND: James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language. Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. CONDITION: Conditions are Very Good/Excellent. Small wear to edges, browned spines/leather, Ethel & George Booth (Artist?) bookplates; little spotting here or there, most pages/hinges/text block are very good/excellent for over 220 years old!!! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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