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1922 - THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON - James Boswell (3 Volumes) Leather Bindings

1922 - THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON - James Boswell (3 Volumes) Leather Bindings

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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON

By James Boswell

Published by Macmillan & Co, London, 1922. Complete in Three Volumes. Half leather bindings with marble sides, gilt spines, pp 533, 470, 522 (includes index in volume 3).

A good set. The leather bindings remain in good order with no cracking to the hinges or damage, perhaps a little light rubbing to the head and tail of the spines. All contents present and the pages are good throughout and free from foxing, stains etc. Endpapers a little brown with age. Overall a good complete set.

Samuel Johnson
(18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican and a generous philanthropist. Politically, he was a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is the subject of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, described by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".

James Boswell
, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish biographer and diarist, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of his friend and contemporary, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language.

Boswell's surname has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print. In "A Scandal in Bohemia", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes affectionately says of Dr. Watson, who narrates the tales, "I am lost without my Boswell."
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