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1897 Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson : Tour to the Hebrides : Tree Calf Binding

1897 Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson : Tour to the Hebrides : Tree Calf Binding

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By James Boswell

Published by W P Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, London, 1897. Full leather, 8vo, beautiful tree calf college prize binding (Ripon Training College), gilt to all edges, marble endpapers, pp xiv, 562, illustrated title page as well as a printed title page, frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson, text in double-column.


A fine copy. The tree calf binding is in very good condition with no damage. The endpapers are very good and the inner joints are sound with no cracking. Presentation slip pasted to inside front board (Ripon and Wakefield Diocesan Training College). All contents present and pages in good clean condition throughout and free from foxing, stains etc. Overall a fine copy in a handsome binding.

The Life of Samuel Johnson
, (Originally published in 1791) by James Boswell is a biography of English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson. The work was from the beginning a critical and popular success, and represents a landmark in the development of the modern genre of biography. It is notable for its extensive reports of Johnson's conversation. Many have called it the greatest biography written in English, but some modern critics object that the work cannot be considered a proper biography. Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, and Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Nonetheless, the book is valued as both an important source of information on Johnson and his times, as well as an important work of literature.
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