The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. With his Life, by James Boswell, Esq. In Twelve Volumes.

  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Alnwick: Printed by and for J. Graham 1816

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Description

12 vols., 12mo, pp. [ii], xix, [i], 402 + frontispiece and 2 folding plates, gathering ‘a’ bound out of order; v, [i], 354; v, [i], 360; v, [i], 368; v, [i], 399, [1]; iv, [ii], 394; [iv], 407, [1]; iv, 372; iv, 382; [ii], ii, 310, [88, index]; [ii], 716; [ii], 723, [1]. Contemporary biscuit calf, boards bordered with blind rolls within double gilt rules, spines divided by gilt rolls, 2nd and 4th compartments lettered in gilt direct, other compartments tooled centrally in gilt, marbled edges. A little scattered toning, foxing and spotting, one folding plate with a tear to fold. Rubbed, some loss to gilding of spines, some joints cracking but all boards attached, extremities somewhat worn.

Notes

A rare provincial set of Johnson's works: Library Hub locates just two copies, in Newcastle and Queen's University Belfast, with Worldcat adding Cornell and Pennsylvania, alongside a smattering of holdings of individual volumes. Despite its scarcity, there are at least three variant title-pages recorded for the set, with some featuring the printer Joseph Graham's full name, and the two American holdings with an additional name in the imprint, that of a Berwick bookseller.

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