London: for R. and J. Dodsley … and W. Johnston, 1759.
First edition, one of 1,500 copies printed by William Strahan. viii, 159; viii, 165 pp. A2r of vol. II in second, corrected state; terminal blank M4 present. 1 vols. Small 8vo (5-7/8 x 3-13/16). Contemporary speckled calf, brown morocco spine label. Slightest rubbing at extremities. Fine, fresh copy. Full brown morocco slipcase. Courtney & Smith, p. 87; Chapman & Hazen, p. 142; Fleeman I, 785-8; Rothschild 142; Tinker 1314. Item #226089
“Hawkins and Boswell agree that Rasselas was written to help the dying Sarah Johnson and eventually to pay for her funeral ... Johnson told Reynolds he wrote the work in the evenings of a single week, which implies a commencement at least on Monday 15 January, the date on which he learned of his mother's illness and on which he first sent her money” (Fleeman).
Very attractive copy in a contemporary binding.
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