1887 Boswell's Life of Johnson
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Folding Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
A complete six volume set of James Boswell's biography of English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson.
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'.
The first edition thus of this set, being the first edition edited by Hill.
Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait to three volumes, and eight 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 the publisher's original quarter morocco bindings. Losses of leather to spine heads and tails. Significant losses of leather to head and tail of volume V back strip, and to head of volume I back strip. Further cracking to volumes II and III spines. Rear joint of volume VI and front joint of volume II starting, with boards holding firm. Rear joint of volume II starting, with board weakly held. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright.
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