The bindings are generally tight and firm. The inner rear hinge is strained in volumes I and V, and has failed in volume VI and needs repair allowed for in price. There is some wear to the extremities, including some bumping, with some discolouration and marks to the boards.
Internally the pages are generally bright, with some occasional slight browning. There is the occasional spot, becoming prominent to the first and last few pages. Overall the condition is very good, excepting Volume 4, which is good only.. Overall VG some modest binding wear.. One of the Pickering imprints that Keynes notes as having "special merit". Overall VG some modest binding wear. James Boswell's famous biography of one of the most influential literary figures in history, Samuel Johnson.
With engraved frontispieces to each volume, including a folding map to volume III. New edition, with numerous additions and noted by John Wilson Croker. John Wilson Croker, , was a politician and writer. In Croker published a new edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson including the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, which was vindictively attacked by Macaulay in the Edinburgh Review, but which remained the best edition until superseded by the work of George Birkbeck Hill -DNBComplete in five volumes.
Externally, smart, thoughwith somerubbing to the extremities and a few marks. Loss to the spine labels. Three joints are starting. Three joints are starting, with three hinges strained. Ink signatures to front pastedowns and front free-endpaper. Pages are generally bright and clean, with just some offsetting from the frontispieces and the occasional instance of foxing. Volumes two and three have the bookplates of Legh Johnson on the front pastedown. The fourth volume shows residue from bookplate removal. An attractive, very good set of the important third edition.
Nicely bound in a contemporary binding. A very good minus set with some scuffing to leather on bindings. The fourth volume is good only with some exterior cracking to the front hinge of the fourth volume at head and heel of spine and a full split at the interior prior to the title page. This was most important of the early editions. Cadell [et al], Original paper boards, printed spine labels. Portrait frontis in first volume. Paper covering the spines of first and fourth volumes imperfect, small chip at crown of second spine, internally crisp and generally quite nice.
The ninth edition, edited by Alexander Chalmers, with additional notes, which Pottle describes as "not extensive but Five Volumes Boswell, James London: Dated on each title page, with different engraved frontis portrait of Johnson in each volume. Approximately pp per volume. Bookplate to fixed endpaper in 3 volumes. Marbled endpapers, edges and boards. Two red title labels to each vol, except that lower label missing on vol.
Some rubbing to spines, and wear to tops and tails: Generally a Vg set for date: Printed by John Chambers,, Title page lacking in Vol. II and old stamp roughly effaced from the first leaf of text in that volume affecting some letters. At best a good set; bookplates roughly scraped off; some endsheets lacking; bindings extremely worn although still sound. III; the Round Robin plate is defective--lacking the half beyond the fold.. Marks Rare Books Published: Gilt ruled spine compartments with gilt tooled motifs.
Some very light rubbing to spines. A Near Fine, elegant set. Ships from the UK. Ex-Library book, with usual library treatments.
Boswell Speaks: Volume 3
Vignettes to each title page. Bound in leather, with gilt tooling and lettering. All edges marble, with matching endpapers. Dark fabric page dividers in each vol. Usual bumps and rubs to extremities, with white blemishes to some of the vols. Pages, clean and intact, though 4 vol is cracked at page 2. There is a name and date handwritten on to each front free-paper in black ink.
Photographs available on request. Your purchase supports literacy charities. Better World Books Ltd Condition: Eight Volumes Boswell, James London: Title page and frontispiece engravings by E. Finden; possibly extra illustrated with the latter. Modest rubbing at edges of some binding; front board of vol. Powell's Bookstores Chicago Condition: John Wilson Croker, M. Boswell, James Philadelphia, PA: Very Good with No dust jacket as issued; Some edge wear and scuffs on.
Previous owner name penciled ffep vol. Rivers Edge Used Books Published: Very Good with No dust jacket as issued; Some edge wear and scuffs on boards a few sml chips at spine ends. Limited Editions Club, Cloth, gilt spine labels. Binding a trace rubbed, spines sunned, distinguished collector's tasteful bookplate on each pastedown, but a very good set in worn and cracked slipcase. One of fifteen hundred numbered sets, printed at the Curwen Press.
Edited, with an introduction, by E. Thrale's annotations from two different copies are printed here as marginal comments.click
Life Of Samuel Johnson by Boswell, James
Printed by Blake, Cutler and Co. Five Volume Set; 5 vols pages; FIve volumes in full sheepskin, covers in a decorative "tree" pattern, flat spines paneled with pairs of gilt rules, red and black leather labels, lettered in gilt with the titles and volume numbers respectively, in the second and fourth panels. Some wear and rubbing, all covers soundly attached, small pieces missing from the spines of volumes II and IV, other volumes with just trifling losses at the head of the spines.
Ink signatures in each volume by J[ohn] H. Edmonds [a leading Utica, NY lawyer], dated March, -- on the front paste-down endpapers. An interesting early American edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, printed in Bellows Falls, Vermont -- the site of the first bridge over the Connecticut River in A paper mill was one of the first commercial enterprises in the town. The firm of printers who produced these volumes was "Blake, Cutler and Co. They carried on an extensive printing and publishing business; also a book bindery and a wholesale and retail book store.
In addition to these, they owned a paper-mill where they manufactured both writing and printing paper. Sadly, their paper-mill was burned on July 11, , and the printing office building on March 14, Their handsome Boswell's Life of Johnson is the second Boston edition of this greatest of all biographies. Greenough and Stebbins, printers. Volumes have title pages reading: Published by Charles Ewer and Timothy Bedlington. Assuming that Blake and Cutler used their own paper for these volumes, the present condition speaks well for the quality of their product.
The text sheets are clean, crisp and almost entirely free from foxing. There are no vertical chain lines, although there are faint, closely-spaced horizontal lines from the screen on which the paper was made, it is essentially "wove" paper, rather than laid. The endpapers and binder's blanks are foxed. Half titles present in each volume. Volume I has an engraved portrait of Dr.
Johnson as frontispiece -- signed: There is also a separate number for the National Library of Scotland set. Antiquarian Book Shop Published: Title pages dated Ten volumes, with "in eight volumes" on the title pages of the first eight volumes, but expanded to ten volumes. Three quarter black leather over brown cloth, dark red spine labels with gilt accented raised spine bands, all edges speckled red, frontis plate and engraved title page in each volume, just more than 6.
Externally worn but sound set, with lightly crackled spines with minor surface chips that have been archivally stabilized, other wear to extremities, spine label of volume X missing, all covers firmly attached, hinges good, bindings firm, pages a bit age-yellowed toward the outer edges but clean, old transparent stain to upper inner corner of frontis and engraved title of volumes I, III and VIII, name of Mary S. Life of Samuel Johnson, Ll. D 10vol Boswell, James George Bell. Collectible - Very Good. Very Good; 10 volumes in a 5 book set.
Half-bound in light tan leather with marbled paper boards. Beautiful spines with raised bands, brown title panels with gilt titling, and other decorative tooling designs. Each book has marbled edges and marbled endpapers, and a few steel engraved illustrations including a lovely frontispiece. Interiors are clean, though faintly toned due to age.
All the volumes show some shelfwear at extremities and some spotting on the leather. The corners are also slightly bumped. Magers and Quinn Booksellers Condition: London - Macmillan and Co. Three handsomely bound volume of Boswell's famous biography of man of letters, Samuel Johnson. The Life of Samuel Johnson is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English.
While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in , when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments.
Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information. The work was popular among early audiences and with modern critics, but some of the modern critics believe that the work cannot be considered a proper biography.
With gilt textblock edges. From the Library of English Classics. Complete in three volumes. In diced calf bindings with gilt detailing. Externally, some slight discolouration and light wear to the extremities. Some small loss to one board. Prize bookplate to front pastedown. Pages are bright, and generally clean, with just the occasional spot.
Pink cloth over drab paper boards; printed yellow paper title label to spine. Usual foxing thro Edition: Spines mildly sunned as almost always the case due to the sensitive linen bindings, with some faint stains to the covers of one volume. Near Fine in a Very Good slipcase. Printed at the Curwen Press, this is an important edition of this classic in that it is the first published edition to contain marginalia by Hester Thrale Piozzi. Two different copies, one belonging to Colonel Ralph Isham and the other to Harvard bequeathed by Amy Lowell, each annotated by Thrale, were used to create this edition.
Copy of copies illustrated with three frontispieces.
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Spines mildly sunned as almost always the case due to the sensitive linen bindings, with some faint stains to the covers of one Edition: Hardcovers in good condition. Fifth edition, revised and augmented, in four volumes. Boards and spines are worn, faded and scored. Abrasions on spines and rear board of volume three. Title plates on spines are partially detached and torn. Halves of volume three and two title plates are detached and laid in the volumes.
Abrasions on worn and bumped leading corners and edges. Spine ends are chipped and nicked. Three centimetre portion of cover on volume four spine head is chipped away. Spine sides and hinges on early and closing pages are split, but bindings remain intact. Page blocks and pages are tanned, stained and foxed. Book plates on front pastedowns. Two volumes have been rebacked with new spines and title labels. The other three volumeshave split hinges, loose title labels with some lossand greater wear to the spine.
All volumes have the boards and internal pages firmly attached. There issome wear to the extremities includingmarks to the boards, bumping to the corners and scuffing to the leather. Internally, the pages are generally clean withthe odd brown spot or handling mark. The spotting is worst on the first and last fewpages of each volume. There is a personalised bookplateon the front pastedown of each volume and a Ex Libris Universitatis Bristolliensis plate on each endpaper.
There is a discreet library stamp on the bottom of the title page of each volume, and ashelf stickerat the bottom of each front pastedown. The condition of these volumes is very good.. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. Edited by Clement Shorter. Some darkening to vellum spines, paper label of vol.
With extra set of labels inserted. Printed for Thomas Tegg; W. Sharpe and Son; G. Cumming - Dublin, Very Good - Book condition. An especially attractive set in decorative spines, with 5 gilt panels having gilt lettering and gilt fleurons. Marbled boards and all edges marbled. Some minor shlefwear to covers and some wear to leather joints. Vol 1 with bow to covers and front cover detached but present. T Cadell and W Davies, All in contemporary honeycombed calf, gilt lines to edges, corners and edges a little worn and bumped.
All spines have been professionally relaid, raised bands, gilt tooling and title, edges a little worn and bumped. Internally all have red marbled endpapers, some offsetting and minimal foxing to prelims. Vol 1, frontis of Johnson dated , , xxxvii , , pp, 2 pull out sheets. Vol 2, , pp.
Vol 3, , pp. Sales exceeded all expectations. Of a total of sets printed, were sold in the first two weeks, by the end of August, by December, and by August The Life of Samuel Johnson.
Published by William Pickering, London, Printed by Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford. Engraved frontispieces after Joshua Reynolds. Half green contemporary pebbled morocco and green cloth, single gilt border on flat spine, t. Very good set Edition: Printed for Gabriel Wells,, An attractive set with some chipping and internal tape repairs to some jackets. Marks Rare Books Published: William Pickering and Oxford: Talboys and Wheeler, Frontispiece portrait of Boswell in volume I and two facsimile letters in volume III, the latter rather foxed, armorial bookplates of Henry Lamplugh Wickham, marbled endpapers, sides and edges.
Contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spines with brown morocco labels, some rubbing to joints and corners otherwise very good. Bow Windows Bookshop Published: Ships from the UK. Ex-library books with minimal libray markings. Large Paper Edition limited to copies , this is no. Includes many plates and illustrations. Bound in blue cloth , gilt lettering on spine. Some mild bumping to extremities, smuding to spine. Hinges are intact and textblocks sturdy. Photos available on request.
Your purchase supports literacy charities. Better World Books Ltd Condition: Volume 1 - Archival tape repair to final page , along foredge. Light foxing to preliminary pages. Volume 2 - Light foxing to preliminary pages. Monroe Street Books Published: Very Good None Edition: Dent and Col, Limited to only copies, In three volumes, large paper edition.
The present copy is number Edited by Arnold Glover, with an introduction by Austin Dobson, illustrated with illustrations by Herbert Railton with color portraits and black and white textual illustrations. One of numbered copies. The Pickering edition of Boswell's famous biography of Samuel Johnson. With an engraved frontispiece of Boswell to the second volume, anda folding facsimile to the third volume collated, missing one facsimile. Part of the Oxford English Classics series. This edition was noted by Keynes as being one of the Pickering impressions that has, 'Special merit'.
Boswell Speaks: Volume 4
The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information on Johnson and his times. Complete in four volumes. Spine labels have been replaced. Externally, sound, though with some rubbing and bumping.
Four joints are cracked. Pages are bright, and generally clean, though with some instances of foxing. New York and Garden City: Temple Bar Edition, Limited. Top edge gilt; other edges deckled. Engraved frontispieces and illustrations in the text with tissue guards. The spines are darkened, and there are large areas of damp staining on most of the spines. Several volumes have occasional tide marks on the pages some larger than others , and there are sporadic cracks in the text blocks. Number 72 in an edition limited to seven hundred and eighty-five copies.
Extra charges apply due to size and weight. The Life of Samuel Johnson [3 Vols. Bound in green cloth with gilt decoration to spine and front board, gilt to top edge. Illustrated with colour frontis. Some light shelf rubbing to cloth. Printed for the Proprietors and sold by R. Half black polished calf and marbled paper boards, gilt-lettered spine with red leather lettering pieces. Small chip from one label, slight rubbing, otherwise very good. Small chip from one la. Comprehending an account of his studies, and numerous works in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence, and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original peices of his composition, never before published.
The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century which he flourished. Copious notes and biographical illustrations by Malone". Black and red labels. Four hardbound volumes in blue cloth covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, two fold-outs and engraved frontispiece. Beginning as a Grub Street journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.
Johnson has been described as arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history. He is also the subject of the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature: James Boswell's 'Life of Samuel Johnson'. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in , when Johnson was in his 54th year, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research.
The most admired and best remembered portions of the book though are Boswell's first-hand accounts of Johnson from the last twenty-one years of the subject's life. The volumes have been rebound with new blank endpapers. The bindings are tight and firm with all covers and pages securely attached. There is some mild wear to the extremities including smallmarks and rubbingto the boards. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright apart from the occasional handling mark and odd spot.
The title page and frontispiece in Volume I are slightly spotted and age-toned. The fold-out illustration in Volume I is slightly creased with a closed tear to one of the folds. Overall the volumes are in very good condition.. Complete set in10 volumes. The Temple Bar Edition.
Vellum spines with brown paper covered boards. Paper spine labels printed in red and black. Top edges gold gilt. Title pages are printed in red and black with a small engraved vignette. Each volume with an engraved frontispiece and protective tissue-guard. Edward Newton, John Drinkwater, R.
Some modest wear, clean and bright internally. No name, bookplate or other markings noted. The life of Samuel Johnson comprehending an account of his studies and conversations with many eminent persons etc Boswell,James London: Printed for J Richardson and Co et al London A Good set in 4 volumes in contemporary calf over marbled boards,gilt lettering to spine. The boards are worn and rubbed to edges and covers,owner's bookplate attached to front pastedown of each volume. The first Volume contains the 2 fold out facsimi les of Johnson's handwriting and a Round Robin addressed to him containing numerous signatures,surprisingly clear of foxing internally.
Richard Thornton Books Published: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts. Pristine, giftable, of historical interest. Contemporary moroccan leather over marbled baords. Good binding and cover. This is an oversized or heavy book, that requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US. The volumes are three-quarter leather bound with hubbed spines, marbled covers, marbled end papers and marbled page edges on all 3 sides of the text block.
Samuel Johnson - , often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican and a generous philanthropist. Politically, he was a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, described by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature.
The set is in great condition both inside and out. Only some very minor rubbing to the marbled covers. Some light scuffing of the leather at the spine edges and corner tips. All volumes are tightly bound with no cracks and no loose pages. The text pages are in terrific condition - clean pages with no writing or tears found; a collection of 4-leaf clovers has been pressed between pages 12 and 13 of volume III, leaving some light tanning; the front end paper of volume I has a "With the compliments of Overall in great condition.