The Idler. By the author of the Rambler. With additional essays. A new edition.

  • Johnson, Samuel
  • London: Printed for the booksellers 1791
  • ESTC T204761.


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2 vols., 12mo, pp. [iv], 219, [1]; [iv], 243, [1]. Original grey boards. Some light soiling. Boards rubbed and marked, rebacked with buff paper, spines lettered in black, hinges relined and front flyleaves renewed. Bookseller’s label of William Whyte, Edinburgh, to vol. 1, a few pencil notes to rear endpapers.


A rare and perhaps pirated printing of the essays mostly by Johnson, initially published between 1758 and 1760. The 'additional essays' (three in number, two of them on epitaphs) go back as far as the 1767 third edition. ESTC locates just two copies with this anonymous imprint, in Aberdeen and Cornell.

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