1823 The Life of Samuel Johnson
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An Important Work, Fine Binding, Folding Plates
Written by Scottish biographer James Boswell (1740-1795), this biography is often described as being the greatest biography ever written in English.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English poet, essayist, biographer and literary critic. He published 'A Dictionary of the English Language' in 1755, considered the foremost dictionary of the time until the Oxford English Dictionary was published 173 years later. He was a devout Anglican and firmly opposed slavery; his religious writings emphasize the goodness of charity, repentance, marriage and pride.
With two folding facsimile plates to the front of Vol. I, as well as a frontispiece of the author opposing the title page of volume I.
In an exquisite full tree calf binding. Externally, generally smart: the front board for the first volume is loose but present. Spines and extremities are a little rubbed, but they are otherwise lovely. Ownership bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume. Gift inscription to the front blank of volume I. Internally, firmly bound bar the front board of volume I. Pages are bright and clean throughout, bar some offsetting to the title page and facsimiles.
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