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BOSWELL, James.

The Life of Samuel Johnson.

Comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition, never before published: the whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great-Britain, for near half a century, during which he flourished. In three volumes. The second edition, revised and augmented.

London: by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1793 Stock Code: 136108
£1,250.00
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"The most famous biography in any language"

First octavo edition, the second overall, of "the most famous biography in any language, one of Western literature's most germinal achievements: unprecedented in its time in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and recorded conversation" (ODNB). Boswell set about compiling his many thousands of notes after Johnson's death in 1784, and this was the only revision he lived to make: much new material, including a number of original letters, had come to him in the wake of the huge success of the first edition (1791) and he added many lengthy new notes, and prefatory matter.

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Description

3 volumes, octavo (202 x 125 mm). 20th-century mottled calf to style, twin red and orange labels to spines, spine gilt to compartments, gilt border and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece after Reynolds, 2 folding engraved facsimile plates; additional inserted portrait frontispiece in vol. III.

Condition

Very minor wear at extremities, hinges cracked, some foxing in text. A good copy.

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