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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS
London: Printed for Henry Baldwin, 1791.. xii,[16],516;588[i.e.586],[1]pp. Two volumes. Quarto (29 x 23 cm). Portrait in first volume and two engraved plates in second. Full olive brown morocco, raised bands, gilt, t.e.g., others largely untrimmed. Occasional light foxing, and some dusting to a few edges, early small marginal restoration around upper blank forecorners of frontis and first five leaves, a few small nicks and rubs at binding extremities, with two narrow surface scratches to boards, but a very good set. First edition, uncorrected state of I:135:10 ('gve'), with the complement of cancels outlined by Pottle, as usual. In volume two, pages 78, 92, 275 and 352 are in their first, uncorrected states. Uncommon in untrimmed condition: the vertical dimension of this set matches that of the Rothschild set (untrimmed in original boards). One of 1750 copies printed. Frequently remarked upon as one of the triumphs of the art of biography in the English language. With the gilt morocco bookplate in each volume ("Omnia Pro Bono H.M."), identified by some as an uncharacteristic bookplate for Harold Murdock. Laid in is a copy of A. Edward Newton's quarto leaflet reproducing the uncorrected II:302, inscribed (with initials) in 1933 to another collector (a bit ragged at fore-edge and folded). ROTHSCHILD 463. POTTLE 79. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 65. ESTC T64481.
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