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[Rasselas] The Prince of Abissinia. A Tale by  Samuel Johnson - First edition, one of 1500 printed by William Strahan - 1759 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

[Rasselas] The Prince of Abissinia. A Tale

by Johnson, Samuel

Condition: Olive levant gilt, a.e.g., by Birdsall. George Barr McCutcheon copy with his bookplate. Spines uniformly toned. Fine


London: for R. and J. Dodsley ... and W. Johnston, 1759. First edition, one of 1500 printed by William Strahan. viii, 159; viii, 165 pp. A2r of vol. II in first, uncorrected state; terminal blank M4 present. 1 vols. Small 8vo (5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches). Olive levant gilt, a.e.g., by Birdsall. George Barr McCutcheon copy with his bookplate. Spines uniformly toned. Fine. First edition, one of 1500 printed by William Strahan. viii, 159; viii, 165 pp. A2r of vol. II in first, uncorrected state; terminal blank M4 present. 1 vols. Small 8vo (5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches). "Hawkins and Boswell agree that Rasselas was written to help the dying Sarah Johnson and eventually to pay for her funeral ... Johnson told Reynolds he wrote the work in the evenings of a single week, which implies a commencement at least on Monday 15 January, the date on which he learned of his mother's illness and on which he first sent her money" (Fleeman). Johnson's only novel, a moral fable that proved immediately popular and remains a delight; the English analogue of Voltaire's Candide. Here finely bound and with interesting provenance. Courtney & Smith, p. 87; Chapman & Hazen, p. 142; Fleeman I, 785-8; Rothschild 142; Tinker 1314


  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 234811
  • Title: [Rasselas] The Prince of Abissinia. A Tale
  • Author: Johnson, Samuel
  • Format/binding: Viii, 159; viii, 165 pp. A2r of vol. II in first, uncorrected state; terminal blank M4 present. 1 vols. Small 8vo (5-3/4 x 3-3/4
  • Book condition: Used - Olive levant gilt, a.e.g., by Birdsall. George Barr McCutcheon copy with his bookplate. Spines uniformly toned. Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition, one of 1500 printed by William Strahan
  • Publisher: for R. and J. Dodsley ... and W. Johnston
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1759
  • Keywords: British | Samuel Johnson
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;



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