Boswell's Life of Johnson
1904 Third Edition. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1799.
Publisher - Henry Frowde, London, Glasgow, New York
Cover is hard bound with Dark Blue Cloth. Self Coloured Embossed Decorative Design front and back. Gilt lettering. Hinges are intact but backstrip is separated from main book. Front is marked with rubbings, Bumped Corners, Edge-wear.
Dust Jacket is not present.
End Papers are separated at spine. Both Inside Front and Back Inside Covers have tanning. Inside Back Cover has hand-written notes.
Preliminaries - Hand-written notation on Samuel Johnson, Frontispiece with Tissue Cover, Original title page, Advertisement (Note) on text, List of Contents, Dedication to Sir Joshua Reynolds, Advertisements (Notes) to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions. Chronological Catalogue of Prose Works of Samuel Johnson at front. Back has hand-written notes.
Main Text Body pp.680. Fair. Underlining of text and notes throughout. Page Edges are tanned.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is still tight with hinges still intact, but there is gutter damage. Gilt lettering and Decorative Design. Edge-wear Top and bottom and discolouration.
Page Structure is reasonably sound although there is looseness in pages.
James Boswell was an 18th century Scottish lawyer, diarist and author. He is best known for his biography of Samuel Johnson who was a well-known literary figure in England. Johnson was an author, lexicographer, biographer and critic and has been quoted more than any other English author with the exception of Shakespeare. Much of his fame is attributed to the biography done by Boswell. It centres on the latter part of Johnson's life, where instead of being seen as a gruff society figure be is shown as the struggling and poverty-stricken writer that he was for much of his life
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