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The Life of Samuel Johnson; Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Volume 1 Only - of 2)

by Boswell, James

Condition: Good (Book Condition)


New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1855. Book. Good (Book Condition). Full Leather. 8vo. A decent copy of this deluxe edition, having all edges marbled, marbled feps and pastedowns, gilt dentelles, five panels along spine with two title-labels. Split joints (hinges holding). Dentelles rubbed. Some rubbing and one short, horizontal tear to spine. First blank missing. Some mild spotting to fronticepiece and tissue-guard. Some minor soiling to title-page. And title-page clipped at one corner. Overall, text clean and legible. Binding solid. As is. [ Montreal Books rating system: 1. Fine 2. Near Fine 3. Very Good 4. Good 5. Fair ].

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research.




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