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The Life of Samuel Johnson (4 Vols Complete)
London: T Cadell and W Davies, 1811 All in contemporary honeycombed calf, gilt lines to edges, corners and edges a little worn and bumped. All spines have been professionally relaid, raised bands, gilt tooling and title, edges a little worn and bumped. Internally all have red marbled endpapers, some offsetting and minimal foxing to prelims. Vol 1, frontis of Johnson dated 1756, [2], (xxxvii), [1], 481 pp, 2 pull out sheets. Vol 2, [2], 496 pp. Vol 3, [2], 483 pp. Vol 4, [2], 530 pp, all printed in London by C Baldwin of New Bridge St. A lovely set. lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, published his Life of and on 13 May forty-one London booksellers purchased more than 400 sets (of two large quarto volumes), and on 16 May, the twenty-eighth anniversary of his first meeting with Johnson in Davies's back parlour, the biography was published. Sales exceeded all expectations. Of a total of 1750 sets printed, 800 were sold in the first two weeks, 1200 by the end of August, 1400 by December, and 1600 by August 1792. see ODNB for a full Bio. (see Kent 152. Allibone 978)
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