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Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson
Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson
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Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson

James Boswell, 1785

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Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson
James Boswell, 1785
BOSWELL, James (1740-1795). The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1785.

First edition in the original boards. Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides “has the chatty informality of a ‘rough’ guide: its focus is on Johnson, as it describes his charged encounters with the native population, whether humble cottagers or important personages like Lord Monboddo and Boswell's formidable father Lord Auchinleck” (ODNB). Leaf I5 is in the first state, with Q7 and U6 in the second, as in the Rothschild copy. The five cancels mentioned by Rothschild all present. Rothschild 456.

Octavo (224 x 134mm). Half-title and errata leaf (some few spots, occasional toning). Original drab boards (rebacked, edges worn, rubbed). Provenance: "Tho[mas] Rodrick" (contemporary inscription on flyleaf) – Shinozuka (Japanese ex-libris stamp).

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