1952-57 The Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Limited Edition
In four volumes, two additional volumes were also published in 1951 and 1960.
In the original slipcases and glassine wraps. Slipcases in a very good indeed condition.
A collection of this private papers, journals and travel works, of James Boswell.
Boswell was a noted Scottish biographer and diarist of the eighteenth century, well beloved for his biography on his contemporary and friend Samuel Johnson.
These publications by Yale University helped to transform Boswell's reputation, after they recovered his many private papers.
'Boswell in Holland 1763-1764', published in 1952. Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map, and thirteen plates. Collated, complete. Limited to 1,050 copies, of which this is numbered 978.
'Boswell on the Grand Tour: Germany and Switzerland 1764', published in 1953. Illustrated with one folding map, and seventeen plates. Collated, complete. Limited to 1,000 copies, of which this is numbered 379.
'Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica, and France, 1765-1766', published in 1955. Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map, and nineteen plates. Collated, complete. Limited to 400 copies, of which this is numbered 93.
'Boswell in Search of a Wife 1766-1769', published in 1957, in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map, four maps, and twenty-one plates. Collated, complete. Limited to 400 copies, of which this is numbered 83.
Edited by Frederick A. Pottle.
In the original publisher's quarter vellum binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, smart. Some light spots to the vellum, as is usual. Spine label of 'Italy' is a little faded. Glassine wraps are a little discoloured with some edge wear and loss, heavier to 'Holland' and 'Wife'. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Some pages unopened to the fore edge. Slipcases with some light marks. Slipcases in a very good indeed condition.
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