Dublin: Printed by John Chambers, for R. Cross…, 1792. Item #00610
First Irish Edition
BOSWELL, James. 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. In Three Volumes. Dublin: Printed by John Chambers [Volume II printed by John Ershaw and Volume III printed by Robert Rhames], for R. Cross…, 1792.
First Irish edition (closely following the 1791 London first edition and preceding the 1792 London second edition). Three octavo volumes (8 1/8 x 5 inches; 207 x 126 mm.). xxxiv, 536; , 605, [1, blank]; , 573, [1, blank] pp. Bound without the folding “Round Robin” facsimile at the beginning of Volume I and the folding plate of facsimiles of Johnson’s handwriting at the end of Volume III. Page 257 incorrectly numbered 725 in Volume I; p. 160 numbered upside-down, and p. 325 numbered 225 in Volume II; and p. 557 incorrectly numbered 57 in Volume III.
Contemporary tree calf. Expertly rebacked (by Aquarius?) with smooth spines richly gilt with red and black morocco gilt lettering labels. A very attractive set.
Without Boswell's Johnson we would not have the following pithy quotes:
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
"No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned."
"That fellow seems to have but one idea, and that is a wrong one."
"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others."
On second marriages: "The triumph of hope over experience."
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