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. The second Edition, revised and augmented …

London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly … 1793.

3 vols., 8vo., with the frontispiece portrait of Johnson, the two folding facsimile leaves, and the inserted leaf of additional corrections *c3 which Pottle states is ‘often missing’; occasional foxing, including the frontispiece, else a good copy in contemporary diced calf, rebacked.


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Second edition, the last published in Boswell’s lifetime, revised throughout by the author with the help of Edmond Malone and with further new material that includes ‘Additions ... received after the Second Edition was printed’ (pp. [*i]-*xxii), ‘A Chronological Catalogue’ of Johnson’s prose works (the first attempt at a bibliography, pp. *xxiii-*xxxi), and thirteen letters to Bennet Langton and one to the Earl of Bute (these turned up too late to be inserted in their proper places, and are added to the end of volume II).

Pottle 81; Rothschild 468.

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