LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. With Occasional Remarks on His Writings, an Authentic Copy of His Will, and a Catalogue of His Works. To Which are Added, Some Papers Written by Dr. Johnson, in Behalf of a Late Unfortunate Character, Never Before Published
[(Johnson) Cook, William]
Price: 2,200.00 USD
(London: G. Kearsley, 1785), VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS EARLY BIOGRAPHY OF JOHNSON, known to be used by James Boswell when writing his own great biography. Copies turn up very rarely and this copy in printer's original condition is most likely unique. VERY RARE First Edition of William Cooke's very early biography of Dr. Johnson. 8vo, original unbound printer's sheets and with the printer's original blue paper front wrapper, now laid portfolio style into a clamshell box of green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. iv, 144 pp., with the front blank. Unbound printer's sheets, very scarce thus and a remarkable survival in this rarest of states. The paper still fresh and unpressed with only a little wear along the untrimmed edges, the last two leaves (the catalogue leaves), with marginal loss at the lower outside corner. The lack of the portrait in this copy likely because it would have been sent separately from the engraver's shop to be installed by the binder, who never laid hands upon this copy.