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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published. The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain, for Near Half a Century, During Which He Flourished.

By James Boswell

1792

Printed by John Ershaw : Dublin

8.5" by 5.5"

xxxiv, 536pp; 605pp; 573pp

 

 

 

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An uncommon first Dublin edition of James Boswell's notable biography of Samuel Johnson.

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. In a contemporary full calf binding with attractive red and green morocco spine labels lettered and numbered in gilt. Complete in three volumes. Featuring a folding 'Round Robin addressed to Samuel Johnson' to volume II, but lacking the folding facsimile plate of Johnson's handwriting.

CONDITION

In a full polished calf binding. Externally bumped to extremities with minor marking to boards. Slight loss to head, and rubbing to tail of spine, volume III. Repair to upper section of spine, volume III. Leather to front joint volume I partially split. Leather to rear joint volume III partially split. Front free-endpaper volume II torn, loss to fore edge. Internally generally firmly bound, slightly strained in places. Pages slightly age toned but clean, with the odd spot and handling mark. Mark to head of fore edge page 197-208 volume I, not affecting text. Mark to lower fore edge page 3 and 20, volume III. Page 561/2 partially detached to gutter, volume III. Offsetting to rear free-endpaper, volume III.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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