Wit and Sagacity of Dr Johnson. Passages from Dr Samuel Johnson Selected & Arranged by Norman J. Davidson, B.A.

  • Johnson, Samuel
  • London: Seeley & Co. Limited 1908


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16mo, pp. [ii], xi-162, [2] + frontispiece and engraved title-page. Contemporary green calf by Riviere & Son, boards bordered with a gilt rule enclosing a gilt frame, spine divided by raised bands gilt, red morocco label, other compartments tooled elaborately in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Binding just a little scratched. Ownership inscription of Walter Jodok Kohler and his monogram to flyleaf dated 12/24/31.


A beautifully-bound anthology of quotations from Dr Johnson, recorded by Library Hub in Cambridge and the BL only, the latter as vol. 4 of the 'Elzevir Library' in the same format and pagination. No such series title is evident here; the individual volumes may have been reissued separately, perhaps with a new title-page, which would help explain the curious pagination.
This copy belonged to a governor of Wisconsin: either Walter Jodok Kohler Sr (1875-1940), 26th governor, or his son Walter Jodik Kohler Jr (1904-1976), 33rd governor.

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