London: William Pickering, and Oxford: Talboys and Wheeler, 1826. 4 vols., 8vo, (xxi), 394; 416; 395; 428pp Original red buckram, black labels, engraved portrait of Boswell and Round Robin plate and a facsimile of Johnson's handwriting; a very good copy of the large-paper edition in the original binding. Bookplate of H.L. Hobart. Pickering 8pp. ads at front of vol. 1. Limited to 50 copies on large-paper CBEL II, 1214; Keynes, p. 54; Pottle 90: "This edition in four volumes large octavo is the most beautiful that has yet appeared. The editor was Francis Pearson Walesby (1798-1858) Fellow of Lincoln College and afterwards (1829-34) Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford who in the previous year had edited the edition of Johnson's works in the Oxford English Classics, with which this edition of the Life is uniform . This is the first edition of the Life to include a portrait of Boswell as a frontispiece." (Inventory #: 122670)
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