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JOHNSON, Samuel.

The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets....

With critical observations on their works.

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Published: London Printed for C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons [& 32 others in London], 1781

Stock Code: 123932

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Notes

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 of all his literary labours, the subject appealed to every man of letters in the three kingdoms, and it abounded in anecdote and in criticism" (Courtney and Smith). From the library of the novelist Richard Adams (1920-2016), best known as the author of the Watership Down (1972), with his bookplate to the pastedown of volume I. Adams used the proceeds of his novels to develop an extensive book collection, including first editions of various Samuel Johnson works.

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Description

4 volumes, octavo (212 x 127 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, red oval labels to smooth spines with alternating gilt urns and urns within foliate frames to compartments, blue paper sides, white string page markers.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece after Joshua Reynolds to vol. I.

Condition

Ownership inscription to front free endpaper of vol. I dated 1830, bookplates to pastedowns. Vol. IV without final advertisement leaf, vol. III with terminal blank. Sides rubbed, corners and cover edges worn, occasional light foxing to contents and creasing to page corners, small stain at foot of pp. 337-354 of vol. IV. An excellent set.

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