1887 Boswell's Life of Johnson
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Fine Binding, First Edition, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed Binding
In beautiful signed half calf bindings from Frost & Co. of Bath, this is an excellent and complete six volume set of James Boswell's biography of English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson. The first edition thus, being the first edition edited by George Birkbeck Hill, and including both Boswell's 'Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides', and Johnson's 'Diary of a Journey into North Wales'.
Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait to four volumes, two further engraved plates, and six folding plates. Collated, complete.
A landmark work in the development of the modern biography in English, many have claimed it as the greatest biography ever written. Nevertheless, this biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, with Boswell making various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censoring his comments.
In signed half calf bindings, with gilt detailing to back strips and cloth covered boards. Light fading to back strips, otherwise, externally lovely. Binder's stamps to verso of front free endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean.
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