2 volumes. First edition. 8vo, handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf, expertly and sympathetically refurbished at the backs, spines with red morocco lettering labels gilt lettered and with gilt ruled bands. xv, 397; xi, 424 pp. A handsome and clean set. Internally crisp, unpressed and well preserved. RARE, FIRST EDITION OF THE LETTERS TO AND FROM SAMUEL JOHNSON. Letters to and from the illustrious author of the great DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE published in 1755 and of a great many other works including primary writings on Shakespeare and etc. Begun in 1747 and printed over five years, Johnson's DICTIONARY set the standard for all subsequent lexicographical work. Its excellence was immediately recognized in all quarters and the first edition of two thousand copies sold quickly. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: LETTERS TO AND FROM THE LATE SAMUEL JOHNSON,...
Publisher: London for A. Strahan and T. Cadell 1788
Book Description Printed for Messrs. R. Moncrieffe et al., Dublin, 1788. First Dublin edition. Two volumes bound as one. xvi, 279, , 306pp. Contemporary polished marbled calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Spine a trifle rubbed, slight splitting to upper joint, corners bumped. Armorial bookplate of Robert Wilmot to FEP, neat ink annotation to first volume title, slight shaving to bottom margin of leaf S of Vol. II. The first Irish edition, appearing the same year as the first English printing, of the correspondence between Samuel Johnson and Hester Lynch Piozzi. A majority of the letters are from Johnson to Piozzi, and cover the period from August 1765 to July 1784. Johnson in one instance expresses his consternation at her marriage to Mr. Piozzi, and expresses gratitude for 'that kindness which soothed twenty years of a life radically wretched.' Johnson regularly called at the Piozzi household, keeping his own room above the library in Streatham in which he worked. The collection has proved an invaluable source for biographical details of Johnson, balancing the often biased portrait presented by Boswell.The 'poems never before printed' are verses addressed to Dr. Lawrence and translations from Boethius, with which Johnson received assistance from Piozzi. ESTC T75351. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # AQ11847