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The Life of Samuel Johnson,LLD

James Boswell

Published by Henry Baldwin, 1793
Condition: Good Hardcover
From Books: Bound To Collect (Newton Center, MA, U.S.A.)

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This is the second edition of James Boswell’s THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LLD, Printed by Henry Baldwin, For Charles Dilly, in the Poultry, London, 1793, in three volumes. The second edition is said on the title page to be “revised throughout” (the first edition appeared in 1791). This was the last published version of the Life of Johnson in Boswell's lifetime. It is illustrated with Joshua Reynold's engraved portrait of Johnson as frontispiece (vol. I). It also has a folding plate of the Round Robin (vol. II), and a folding plate of facsimiles of Johnson's handwriting (vol. III). It is bound in contemporary brown tree calf with spine labels, and 6 compartments on each spine with gilt stamping. The binding is tight on all of the volumes, though the calf is rubbed and spotted, with part of one label missing (a good candidate for some restoration, cleaning, and new labels). The pages within are clean throughout, though there is some rubbing on the front pastedown of Volume I. The name of an early owner – maybe 18th century – is on two of the pastedowns. This set contains further material not in the first edition including: “Additions, received after the Second Edition was printed” (pp. *i-*xxii); “A Chronological Catalogue of the Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LLD”, the first attempt at a Johnson bibliography (pp. *xxiii- *xxxi), and thirteen letters to Bennet Langton and one to the Earl of Bute (Vol. II, pp. 613 - 633). This copy also contains the scarce inserted leaf of “Additional Corrections” (Vol. I, p. xxxviii), which, according to Rothschild, would account for the missing blank leaf at the end of vol. III (Rothschild believes that the blank was used for the printing of the inserted leaf). This is a very collectable early edition of Boswell’s famous Life of Samuel Johnson, a milestone in English Literature. Bookseller Inventory # 506B

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Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson,LLD

Publisher: Henry Baldwin

Publication Date: 1793

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 2nd Edition

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