First Edition of Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

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Lot 28: Author: Boswell, James. Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations With Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published. The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century, during Which He Flourished. Place Published: London. Publisher: Printed by Henry Baldwin. Date Published: 1791. Description: Bound with: The Principal Corrections and Addition to the First Edition Mr. Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. 1793. 2 volumes. xii, (16) , 516; (2) , 588 (i.e. 586) ; (2) , 42 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 2 engraved plates of facsimiles. (4to) 27.5x21 cm. (103/4x81/2"), early full brown calf, spines gilt. First Edition. First edition of perhaps the most famous literary biography, cementing the fame of both Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. This is the issue with the "give" reading on page 135, line 10 of Vol. I. Rothschild 463; Pottle 79. Armorial bookplate of author and historian Burton Morice and later ownership signature of author and noted bibliophile Holbrook Jackson. Condition: Leather a bit dry, rubbed, foot of spine pulled on first volume; foxing; very good. PBA Galleries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Sunday, 1st November 2015 Estimate: $2500-$3500
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