Conversations of James Northcote, Esq., R.A. …

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley … 1830.

8vo. in twelves, pp. [4], 328, with a portrait frontispiece; some spotting to the cancels as usual; uncut in the original publisher’s embossed green cloth, spine lettered gilt (‘Northcote’s Conversations [rule] Hazlitt’), spine darkened, short tear at head; bookplate of A. H. Christie.


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First edition of Hazlitt’s final book, an inflammatory collection of gossip published just weeks before his death. ‘All the ill-nature in the book is Northcote’s; and all, or almost all, the talent’s, Hazlitt’s’ (Examiner, May 1833).

Hazlitt had begun to record his conversations with Northcote, the last surviving member of Johnson’s circle and like Hazlitt both an artist and author, in 1826, publishing them in the New Monthly Magazine under the title ‘Boswell Redivivus’. ‘Four instalments appeared; they were much talked about, and Northcote began to grow animated [and] to repudiate his share in the Conversations … [He] burst into a theatrical rage, sent for Mr. Colburn, the publisher of the New Monthly Magazine, abused the editor, desired that the publication of “those awful papers” should abruptly cease, and gave all the outward signs of being excessively indignant and incensed. It was all stage-playing, however, and the biographer of Hazlitt relates that the painter saw the critic as often and as amicably as ever, that notes of the Conversations were still taken down … and that they continued to appear in print’ (from the introductory note to the 1894 edition, quoted in Bentley’s Private List).

With all the usual cancels, in Keynes’s secondary binding variant 2.

Keynes 99.

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