BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson. London: By Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. 2 volumes. 4to (278 x 211mm.). Engraved portrait after Reynolds and 2 engraved plates in volume II, with six (of seven) cancels as listed by Rothschild.
Contemporary tree calf, flat spines gilt tooled to an ornate pattern within 7 compartments, red and blue morocco lettering pieces, narrow border incorporating leaves and star-shaped flowers round sides, yellow edges, in a buckram box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Provenance: J.Chas. Crowle (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION, with the second state of volume I, S4r, line 10, with the correct reading 'give'. Rothschild 464; Pottle 148; Grolier: One Hundred Books famous in English Literature, 131.
AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY.