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Deformities of Dr. Samuel Johnson

Callender, James Thomson

Published by London 1782., 1782
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Deformities of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Selected from his works. London: printed for the author; and sold by J. Stockdale; and W. Creech (Edinburgh), 1782. 89 pp. 8vo, bound last in a volume of five Scottish tracts, as described below, early 19th-century half calf, spine gilt, brown morocco label ("Tracts / Critical," spine a bit worn).Second edition, revised and enlarged, with a new four-page preface; first published in Edinburgh earlier the same year (63 pp.). A severe attack on Johnson, especially for the absurdities in his dictionary, and the supericialities of his Lives of the Poets. The authorship of this book has caused confusion; for a time it was ascribed to John Callander of Craigforth, a Scottish antiquary and friend of Boswell, but the mistake is revealed in a letter from the author to Stockdale, printed in the catalogue of the R. B. Adam collection (III, 48). The true author was a nephew of the poet James Thomson, whence his middle name; he later came to America and became associated with Jefferson. Courtney, p. 136; CBEL II, 1153.Bound in at the front of this volume are four unrelated, but not wholly inappropriate pamphlets, as follows: (a) [Grahame, James.] Hypocrisy unveiled, and calumny detected: in a review of Blackwood's Magazine. Edinburgh: printed for Francis Pillans, 1818. 55(1) pp. First edition. An attack on Blackwood's Magazine, founded the year before as the first Tory literary periodical, in a town in which "all the loaves and fishes had been on one side, and all the pen and ink on the other." -- DNB. With extensive remarks on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hazlitt, and Leigh Hunt, who were the chief targets of hostile criticism by the magazine's two principal reviewers, John Wilson ("the Lepoard"), and John Gibson Lockhart ("the Scorpion"). The author of this pamphlet later published a treatise on population, and a popular history of the United States. Very scarce; the NUC lists a single copy of the first edition (NN), to which OCLC adds five others (CtY, DLC, IU; C, Eu). (b) [Anon.] Remarks o Mr. Fox's History of James II. In a letter to a friend. By an officer of rank. London: printed for Samuel Tipper; W. Flint, printed, 1809. 18 pp. First edition. A very unfavorable appraisal of the only substantial historical work by the great Whig politician, published in 1808, a year after Fox's death, from an unfinished manuscript (edited, with a long introduction, by Lord Holland). The author of this pamphlet describes himself as having read Fox's text in "a remote part of Scotland." Rare; not listed in the NUC, OCLC, or the BM Catalogue. (c) Wraxall, Sir Nathaniel William. An answer to the calumnious misrepresentations of the "Quarterly Review," the "British Critic," and the "Edinburgh Review," contained in their observations of Sir N. William Wraxall's Historical Memoirs of His Own Time. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies; by J. M'Creery, 1815. (2), 62 pp. First edition. Wraxall's memoir had been treated with contempt, somewhat unfairly, by such critics as Croker (and later Macaulay). "His portraits of the minor actors on the political stage between 1772 and 1784 are of real historical value." -- DNB. Half-title present. And one other tract; a few stains, but an appealing volume. Bookseller Inventory # B4653

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Title: Deformities of Dr. Samuel Johnson

Publisher: London 1782.

Publication Date: 1782

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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