Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., The; 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…

First Irish Edition of Boswell’s “Life of Johnson”

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. Includes the folding plate of facsimiles of Johnson’s handwriting at the end of Volume III. Bound without the folding “Round Robin” facsimile at the beginning of Volume I. Page 257 incorrectly numbered 725 in Volume I; p. 325 numbered 225 in Volume II.

Contemporary tree calf. Joints and corners professionally strengthened. Crimson title and black volume labels to spine. With the neat signature of the original owner, A.M. Crookshank, in the top margin of the title page to volume one. An excellent set.

Boswell’s biography of Johnson is a classic of the genre—a full, candid account of the life of one of the most famous eighteenth-century writers and thinkers by another. “The Life of Johnson was no single book miraculously produced by an inexperienced author. It was the crowning achievement of an artist who for more than twenty-five years had been deliberately disciplining himself for such a task” (Pottle, p. xxi).

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