2 vols. London: Charles Dilly, 1791. 2 vols., 4to, [i-iii], iv-xii, (16, table of contents), -516; (2), -588 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece to vol. 1 and two engraved plates in vol 2. Old speckled calf a bit worn, covers rehinged, a sound copy. Signed on both title-pages “Mary Kerr 1792”. First edition, first issue, with the required points, one of 1750 copies. Though often considered the prototypical biography, the Life of Johnson is more a pastiche of material that Boswell had been accumulating since his first meeting with Johnson in 1763. “His portrait is vivid and intimate, in his own words a ‘Flemish picture’ made up of trifling incidents as well as significant events, and Boswell’s skill in stage managing encounters… adds greatly to the liveliness of the whole” (The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 514). Courtney & Nichol Smith, pp. 172-173; Grolier, 100 English, 65; Pottle 79; Rothschild 463. (Inventory #: 106438)
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