Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The. James BOSWELL, Samuel Johnson.
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The

Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The

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; [2], 605, [1, blank]; [2], 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."

Pottle 80.

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