LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON Comprehending an Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, etc..

Price: 1,450.00 USD

(London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811), AN IMPORTANT EDITION OF THIS GREAT WORK AND AN UNCOMMONLY HANDSOME SET. For this edition the entire work had been read over by the author's son, James Boswell by which many errors occasioned over the earlier editions had been discovered and carefully amended. Also several new notes and letters had been added and a useful appendage. Notes to the second through fifth editions are also included. Celebrated for its intimacy and vividness, Boswell's Life of Johnson "is one of the best books in the world. It is assuredly a great, very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic Poets,--Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of Dramatists,--Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of Orators, than Boswell is the first of Biographers..." (Macauley, in the Edinburgh Review, 1831). Boswell learned a great deal about the art of biography from his subject, and brought to his task boundless curiosity, persistence, and zest. 4 volumes, complete. The Sixth Edition, Revised and Augmented. Engraved portrait frontispiece and the two required plates including the fold-out reproduction of Dr. Johnson's handwriting and the famous Round Robin in the first volume. 8vo, in fine contemporary bindings of full straight-grained calf, the boards deeply textured and with a roll-tooled border in blind, the spines with gilt stippled raised bands separating gilt paneled compartments with multi-rules and delicate corner pieces, the heads and tails additionally gilt tooled and two compartments gilt lettered, board edges gilt stippled at the corners. xxxviii, 481; 496; 483; 530 pp. A fine set, sturdy, fresh, clean and attractive in every way. Beautifully preserved and very nicely bound.


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