Bloomfield, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1974. Item #00900
Boswell and Johnson's Highland Fling
The Classic Eighteenth Century "On the Road"
BOSWELL, James. [JOHNSON, Samuel]. The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson. LlD. With Marginal Comments and Markings from a Copy Annotated by Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi. Illustated with Reproductions of Contemporary Prints by Thomas Rowlandson. (Bloomfield, Connecticut): Printed for the Members of The Limited Editions Club at the Sign of the Stone Book, 1974.
Limited to 2000 numbered copies, this being copy no. 181. Octavo (9 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches; 247 x 160 mm). xxi, [1, blank], , [1, blank], 327, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. Ten double page color illustrations reproduced from the original engravings made by Thomas Rowlandson for his two-volume portfolio entitled The Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, published in 1786.
Half crimson morocco over marbled boards. Four raised bands. Gilt lettering compartments. Top edge gilt. Maps as endpapers. Publisher’s slipcase. Very fine.
This edition of The Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides follows the text of the third edition, published in 1786, and reproduces notes made by Hester Thrale Piozzi in the margins of her copy of the second edition.
Eight of the illustrations are reproduced from extremely rare prints that had been colored for Rowlandson’s original portfolios. As no colored versions of the other two plates could be located, monochrome impressions of them have been colored for this edition to match the rest of the set.