1887 Boswell's Life of Johnson Including Boswell's Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey into North Wales
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Edited by George Birkbeck Hill. Also containing Boswell's Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey into North Wales. Illustrated throughout with fourteen plates (collated complete), including a folding coloured map. Volume I: The Life (1709-1765), Volume II: The Life (1766-1776), Volume III: The Life (1776-1780), Volume IV: The Life (1780-1784), Volume V: The Tour to the Hebrides and The Journey into North Wales, and Volume VI: Addenda, Index, Dicta Philosophi, etc. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information. The work was popular among early audiences and with modern critics. Complete in six volumes.
In green cloth bindings. Externally sound, though with some light bumping and wear to the extremities. Erased library markings to spine. 1 hinge tender, with endpapers and frontispiece working loose, with all other hinges strained. Internally, binding strained in places. Institutional label to endpapers, and ink stamps throughout. Pages are slightly browned.
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