4to. London: T. Davies, 1766. 4to, , 184pp. Title with woodcut fleuron; old waterstain to top forecorners of a few leaves at front. Early or original half calf and marbled boards, red morocco label lettered in gilt; slightly rubbed, a very good copy. First edition. Anna Williams, the blind poet and companion of Samuel Johnson, had a ground-floor apartment in his house, from which she supervised the household management and expenses. 'In 1766 her Miscellanies in Prose and Verse was published as a handsome quarto by Thomas Davies. Johnson contributed a preface and several prose and verse pieces. The work had been first advertised in 1750, and there were waspish claims from Anna's friends that Johnson had not exerted himself in its production, but the publication was moderately successful, and earned the author about £100' (Oxford DNB). Justin Croft noted of his copy” “Very uncommon, as one might expect from Mrs. Thrale's statement: 'I never saw it on any Table but my own.'” Fleeman, pp. 1139-42, Courteney & Nicholl Smith, p. 111. (Inventory #: 107752)
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