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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Comprehending An Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence; and Various Original Pieces of his Composition, Never Before Published.

Volumes I - IV

By James Boswell, Esq.

With copius notes and biographical illustrations, by Malone.

1824 - London - James Christie

9.25" by 6", 439; 448; 426; 472pp

 

DETAILS

An uncommon edition of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Boswell, with notes from Edmond Malone.

A little worn but unusually still bound in the original publisher's paper binding.

Can command up to 700 well bound.

Uncommon.

With copius notes and biographical illustrations, by Malone.

Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 1784, was an English author. Beginning as a Grub Street journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and political conservative. Samuel Johnson is probably most famous for his dictionary.

James Boswell, 1740 1795, was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland; he is best known for his biography of Samuel Johnson. His name has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer.

Edmond Malone, 1741 1812, was an Irish Shakespearean scholar and editor of the works of William Shakespeare. He was also instrumental in helping with Boswells The Life of Samuel Johnson. Malone was one of those in the luminous Johnsonian circle of literary, social, and political personalities. (DNB)

CONDITION

The bindings are generally firm. The front board through to page 16 of volume 1 is detached as one piece. The front board of voume 4 is detached. The rear board of volume 1 is starting, and the rear board of volume 3 is detached. There is wear to the extremities, including bumping and rubbing. There are small sections missing from the spine of volume 1. Internally the pages are generally bright with the occasional spot. There are institutional labels on the front pastedown, and institutional ink stamps on the front pastedown, the verso of the title page, and the last page of the text in each volume. Volumes 2 and 3 has an institutional ink stamp on the rear free-endpaper. Overall the condition is good only, due to detached boards.

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