2 volumes. First edition, with 'give' on p. 135. With round robin plate, signatures page, portrait frontispiece. 4to, contemporary-style full rich calf, richly gilt decorated spines, red and green contrasting morocco labels gilt, key-rolls gilt at the top and bottom of the spines, gilt bands to the spines. xii, (16), 516; 588. A very nice copy indeed, the bindings in fine order, fresh and clean and with just some normal age to the text-blocks. IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION IN QUITE PLEASING AND VERY WELL PRESERVED CONDITION. Celebrated for its intimacy and vividness, Boswell's Life of Johnson "is one of the best books in the world. It is assuredly a great, very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic Poets,--Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of Dramatists,--Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of Orators, than Boswell is the first of Biographers." (Macauley, in the Edinburgh Review, 1831). Boswell learned a great deal about the art of biography from his subject, and brought to his task boundless curiosity, persistence, and zest. Boswell had been collecting material for this work since his first interview with Johnson in 1763, and was confident that his kind of biography, "which gives not only a History of Johnson's visible progress through the world, and of his publications, but a view of his mind in his letters and conversations, is the most perfect that can be conceived, and will be more of a Life than any work that has ever yet appeared." Only 1750 copies of the first edition were printed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, L.L.D., ...
Publisher: London by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly 1791
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