1869 · Boston
First American edition, "From advance sheets" (title-page verso) of the London edition. Robinson (1775-1867), a diarist, journalist, and lawyer, was an friend of Lamb, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and other Romantic authors. As to the present work, the on-line DNB observes, "The Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson, kept from 1811 to 1867 and filling thirty-three handwritten volumes, his four volumes of Reminiscences, begun in 1845 and covering the years from 1775 to 1843, copious letters (thirty-two volumes) and travel journals (twenty-nine volumes), a volume of anecdotes and memoranda, and numerous miscellaneous bundles of papers and correspondence constitute a unique register of social and literary life, in this country and on the continent. These original manuscripts are deposited in Dr Williams's Library, Gordon Square, London, of which he was a trustee from 1846. Thomas Sadler published a large and coherent, but carefully winnowed, compilation in 1869."
Herman Melville owned a copy of this edition, acquired in July, 1870, and his annotated copy is now at the Houghton Library. Publisher's green cloth, patch of discoloration on spines. Ex–social club library: call number on endpaper, rubber-stamp on title-page, no other markings. A few leaves in volume I starting to loosen. (Inventory #: 35309)