first editionOriginal calf, spine in six compartments with gilt-lettered green and red morocco labels. Edges stained green
by Johnson, Samuel
Dublin: Printed for Thomas Ewing, 1775 First quarto edition, the first complete edition printed in Ireland, from the Fourth London folio edition (1773), and the only edition revised by the author. In the "Advertisement to This Edition," he states: "Many faults I have corrected, some superfluities I have taken away, and some deficiencies I have supplied. I have methodized some parts that were disordered, and illuminated some that were obscure. Original calf, spine in six compartments with gilt-lettered green and red morocco labels. Edges stained green. Two volumes, thick quarto. . Binding extremities a bit worn and rubbed. Hinges cracked, but sound. Very small piece of the spine worn away at the foot of Vol. II. Light foxing, intermittent toning. Scattered very light staining, the occasional minor tear, including one to lower margin of ¶Z2 in Vol. I with partial loss of a few letters on recto. Ink notation to lower margin of I1 recto in Vol. I and I4 recto in Vol. II. Small hole to terminal leaf in Vol. II. Discrete later ink owner's signature on flyleaf of both volumes. Nineteenth-century engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. A very good set, rare in the original binding. (Inventory #: 16476)
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