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The Life of Samuel Johnson

By James Boswell

1804

Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies : London

8.5" by 5.5"

xxxiv [1] 464pp; 493pp; 480pp; 522pp.

 

 

 

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An uncommon fourth edition copy of James Boswell's 'The Life of Samuel Johnson', complete in four volumes.

Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson is often claimed to be the greatest biography written in English, and the text played an important role in the development of the modern genre of biography. Whilst Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject began rather later in 1763, when Johnson was fifty four years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The most admired and best remembered portions of the book though are Boswell's first-hand accounts of Johnson from the last twenty-one years of the subject's life. However, the text has not escaped criticism. Boswell took many critical liberties with Johnson's life, making various changes to quotations, and even censoring comments made by the writer. Nonetheless, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography an important source of information on Johnson and his times. Collated, complete with a portrait frontispiece of Johnson, and two folding facsimiles. This edition includes additional unpublished letters and notes to previous volumes. Uniformly bound in speckled calf.

CONDITION

In a uniform speckled calf binding. Externally, a trifle rubbed to extremities, boards and spine, resulting in slight loss to leather. Faint handling marks to boards. Front hinge strained but firm, volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright with spotting to the odd page. Heavier spotting to first and last few pages, with foxing to endpapers, all volumes. Occasional handling marks throughout. Light offsetting from text to facing pages, all volumes. Marking to gutter to recto of frontispiece plate, image visible to verso so unaffected. Offsetting from portrait frontispiece to title page, volume I. Light spotting to both folding plates, volume I and III. Small closed tear to fore edge from title page to page 22, volume III. Creasing to fore edge from front free-endpaper to page 28. Ink mark to page 25, offset to facing page 24, volume IV. Small closed tear to foredge, page 39/40, volume IV, not affecting text. Offsetting from folding plate to page 84, volume III.

Overall Condition: Good

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