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    First Edition of Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

    James Boswell. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D... London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in the Poultry, 1791. First edition, second issue, with "give" in line 10, page 135, Volume I. Two quarto volumes, xii, [16], 516; [ii], 588 [i.e. 586] pp. Engraved frontispiece of James Heath from a portrait of Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I, two engraved facsimile plates in Volume II. Bound in contemporary full tree calf, boards ruled in gilt. Rebacked, preserving original spines (spines tooled in gilt in compartments, black and red gilt morocco lettering labels). Some light edgewear to bindings, some wrinkling, light foxing to text. Still, a very good copy of what many consider to be the finest biography in the English language.
    Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp. 172-3. Grolier, 100 English, 65. Rothschild 463-465. Sterling 71. Tinker 338.


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