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    Samuel Johnson. The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Samuel Johnson. London: H. Hughes, 1777-1781.

    First edition. 67 (of 68) volumes, lacking the final (68th) volume. Small octavo (3.50 x 6.25 inches).

    Full calf, gilt spine decorations, red and black labels. All volumes show cover and shelf wear, two volumes have the binding slightly split at the spine, a few hinges weak but all sound; some volumes worn at the top and bottom of the spines, half of one label missing; offset to prelims, but most all other text and the twenty-nine engraved plates are fresh and clean. Volumes 1-56 include Biographies and Works of the poets, and volumes 57-58 are the Index to the set; these first 58 volumes published in 1791. Volumes 59-67 contain the Preface, the first four volumes of which were published in 1791, the last six in 1781. A very good set of Johnson's greatest achievement after his Dictionary.


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