30 April 2008
BOSWELL, James (1740-1795). The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791.
2 volumes, 4° (276 x 207mm). Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson by J. Heath after Reynolds and 2 plates. (Vol. I: frontispiece spotted at margins, light spotting on title, subsequent light marginal spotting, Xx2v with small stain, Bbb2 with hole affecting a few letters. Vol. II: some spotting, Xx1r and quire 4D slightly soiled at margins, Ccc2 holed with slight loss to two lines recto and verso.) Contemporary tree calf ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, yellow edges (upper joints of vol. I split, one vol. label chipped, the other lacking). Proveance: Francis Ferrrand Foljambe (stamp on titles).
FIRST EDITION of Boswell's masterpiece. 1750 copies printed and sold at two guineas. In vol. I of this copy: S4r is in the first state with 'give' in l. 10 misprinted 'gve'; Mm4 and NN1 cancels. Vol. II: E3, Oo4, Qq3 and Zz1 cancels. Grolier English 65; Pottle 79; Rothschild 463. (2)
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