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BOSWELL, James.

The Life of Samuel Johnson.

a Journal of his Tour to The Hebrides; to which are added anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, Murphy, Tyers, Reynolds, Steevens, &c. and notes by various hands.

London : 1835 Stock Code: 140500
£500.00
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An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains 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, it sought to dramatize its subject in his authorial greatness and formidable social presence, and at the same time treat him with a profound sympathy and inhabit his inner life. Boswell both elevated the life of the writer to epic stature, and attended to the minute details of life as lived to provide a steady disclosure of character through their long gradual accretion" (ODNB).

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Description

10 volumes, octavo, (165 x 105 mm). Early 20th-century red half calf, titles to brown morocco label to spines, floral stamp to spines in compartments, raised bands ruled in gilt, red cloth sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispieces and vignettes title pages with tissue-guards, double-page plate, and folding facsimile and map.

Condition

Spines tones, light scuffs to sides, foxing to endpapers, edges, and plates; a very good set.

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