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Lot 213: [Johnson, Samuel] Boswell's Life of Johnson

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

05 November 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
  • [Johnson, Samuel]  Boswell's Life of Johnson
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Description: Boswell, James. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. 4to (10.25" x 8".) xii, [16], 516; [ii], 588 [i.e. 586] pp. + portrait frontis to first volume and second volume with 2 engraved facsimile letters. Bound in modern speckled calf with spines and boards ruled in gilt and title on labels in gilt. Frontis toned, stained, and mounted on stub (recto.) Former owner's bookplates to pastedowns, a few pencil markings, some light foxing and occasional minor stains, a few short marginal tears and a couple of small marginal chips, last 8 pages of second volume with marginal water-stain, overall a Very Good set. ****************************** First edition, second issue of what many consider to be the finest biography in the English language. [Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp. 172-3.; Rothschild 463-465; Sterling 71; Tinker 338]

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