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JOHNSON, Samuel.

Rare books by and about Samuel Johnson, including first editions and copies in fine bindings of the English Dictionary, and handsome sets of his collected works.

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  1. A Dictionary of the English Language:
    First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary of the English language compiled by a writer of the first rank" (Robert Burchfield); "the most amazing, enduring... Learn More
    £14,500

    Stock Code: 72604

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  2. 120660
    First collected and first Johnson edition, second issue: "this issue is distinguished by the new half-title and undated title, and by the absence of the single leaf of 'Additional Subscribers'; in all other respects it comprises the sheets from the first issue of 1761" (Fleeman). With the 4-page list of subscribers, to whom... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 120660

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  3. 123932
    First authorized separate edition. Originally published as prefaces to the long series of collected works of English poetry which Johnson had edited, these essays were here collected and published as a work in their own right, preceded by an unauthorised Dublin edition in 1780-81. "It was the simplest in style and expression... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 123932

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  4. 127217
    The eighth edition of this popular eighteenth-century epitome of contemporary learning, first published in 1748. Robert Dodsley compiled the work, though it is perhaps most notable for its preface by Samuel Johnson, who also contributed "The Vision of Theodore", a moralist allegory of human life, which Johnson is reputed... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 127217

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  5. 117635
    First authorized quarto edition and the sixth edition overall, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year and issued following Johnson's death in 1784. Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 117635

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  6. 120346
    First authorized quarto edition and the sixth edition overall, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year and issued following Johnson's death in 1784. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 120346

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  7. 24300detail
    A beautifully bound set of Samuel Johnson's works. Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 24300

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  8. 122841detail
    A handsomely bound set of Samuel Johnson's works, part of Pickering's Oxford English Classics series. The edition was superintended by Francis Pearson Walesby (1798-1858), professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford. The work was initially intended as a nine volume series; a supplementary two volumes of Johnson's... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 122841

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  9. The Works.

    The Works.

    London [and] Oxford: 1825

    The large paper issue. A handsomely bound set of Samuel Johnson's works, part of Pickering's Oxford English Classics series. The edition was superintended by Francis Pearson Walesby (1798-1858), professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford. The work was initially intended as a nine volume series, a supplementary... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 114694

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  10. 1
    First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To M.C, from AB, Christmas 1917" on the initial blank, and latterly in the collection of American-born Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111281

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