Skip to main content


    After His Dictionary, Johnson's Greatest Achievement

    Samuel Johnson. The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Samuel Johnson. London: H. Hughes, 1779-1781.

    First edition. 67 (of 68) volumes, lacking the final (68th) volume. Small octavo (6.25 x 3.5 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 1779. Volumes 59-67 contain the Preface, the first four volumes of which were published in 1779, the last six in 1781. A very good set of Johnson's greatest achievement after his Dictionary.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 534

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $325,776