Search results for: 'JOHNSON, Samuel, ed.'
JOHNSON, Samuel - BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Oxford : 1887First Hill edition. By 1887 Hill was an established commentator of both Johnson and Boswell's works, having published Dr Johnson, his Friends and his Critics (1878) and an edition of Boswell's correspondence (1879). The Clarendon Press accepted Hill's proposal for a new edition of Boswell's Life in 1881, and the six volume text - the product of almost... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139100
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.
Oxford : 1731First and sole edition, celebrated for including Samuel Johnson's first appearance in print and the mention of him in the preface as "a Commoner of Pembroke-College in Oxford". Johnson spent only thirteen months at Pembroke (October 1728 to December 1729), forced to leave through financial constraints. His stay may have been short but the nineteen-year... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 125411
JOHNSON, Samuel; BIRRELL, Augustine. Aphorisms on Authors and their Ways;
[London] : 1917First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the initial blank, "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 endpaper.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 111281
JOHNSON, Samuel - MACNICOL, Donald. Remarks on Dr. Samuel Johnson's Journey to the Hebrides;
London : 1779First edition. Donald MacNicol (17351802) was a Church of Scotland minister deeply interested in Scots Gaelic culture and the oral traditions of the highlands. His large collection of Ossianic and modern poetry was consulted by James Macpherson, translator and author of The Poems of Ossian (1773). When Dr Johnson trained his formidable arsenal on Macpherson's... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 132692
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language:
London : 1755First edition. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he experienced the death of his mother and underwent agonies of procrastination before finally completing the task in his 46th year. Boswell called... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 90616
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language:
London : 1755First edition, the superb Garden copy, uncut in original boards. Although in Fleeman's estimation half of the 2,000 copies printed survive, he adds: "few copies survive in booksellers' boards, and all such have restored spines, for when standing upright, the contents are too heavy for the binding cords". The unrestored state of this copy therefore makes... Learn More£275,000.00
Stock Code: 141333
JOHNSON, Samuel (trans.); LOBO, Jerónimo. A Voyage to Abyssinia by Father Jerome Lobo, a Portuguese Jesuit.
London [but Birmingham] : 1735First edition, first issue (title printed in red and black), of Samuel Johnson's first published work, his unaccredited translation of Joachim Le Grand's 1728 French edition of Jerónimo Lobo's previously unpublished account of his missionary travels in Ethiopia.
In 1733 Johnson was staying in Birmingham with his lifelong friend Edmund Hector,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144657
[SLAVERY] CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
London : 1763First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 132583
BARETTI, Joseph. A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages.
London : 1760First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous sayings and senseless proverbs... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131203
SMITH, Adam - ADLERSPARRE, Georg, & others (eds.) Läsning i blandade ämnen. Första [– Femte och Sista] Årgången.
Stockholm : 1797–1801First edition of all 50 parts of the Swedish literary periodical Läsning i blandade ämnen, containing over 200 pages of passages from various sections of the Wealth of Nations, making it the first opportunity for Swedish speakers to study Adam Smith.
Georg Sartorius's abridgement of the Wealth of Nations, the Handbuch der Staatswirthschaft... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135144
BRUCE, James. Travels To Discover the Source of the Nile,
Edinburgh : 1790First edition of "one of the great travel accounts of the eighteenth century" (ODNB), this set untrimmed and uncommon thus. "Although the Nile was Bruce's main objective, as a polyglot, diplomat, artist, and amateur scientist, he imagined advancing all areas of learning, and in many ways he succeeded. He recorded detailed descriptions of the people,... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 107966
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
London : 1685A notably tall and handsome copy of the Fourth Folio, the last of the 17th-century editions of Shakespeare's works, and the most grandly produced.
The 1623 first folio was edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), and seven plays were added by Philip Chetwin (d. 1680) for the third folio of 1663, of which only one, Pericles,... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 133696
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "For Sir William Forbes Bart. from the Author" on the title page verso, complete with both the half-title and addenda pages (pp. 527-34), the former of which is bound in after the errata as issued. Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo (1739-1806) was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, and a good friend of... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 118071
REYNOLDS, Joshua - ARMSTRONG, Sir Walter. Sir Joshua Reynolds.
London : 1900First edition of this magnificent production giving a comprehensively illustrated overview of the career of Joshua Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, who was acquainted with, and painted, nearly all the leading men and women of his day, from Samuel Johnson to the Duchess of Devonshire. From a limited edition of 1,110 copies; this, with... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 81231
LENNOX, Charlotte. Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune,
London : 1777The eighth edition, first published in 1755 in 3 volumes and subsequently expanded to 5, of this much republished account of one of Henry the Great's main advisers.
Charlotte Lennox (c.17301804), was a Scottish novelist and writer, best known today for her second novel The Female Quixote, or, The Adventures of Arabella (1752), an imitation and... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 134471
BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450