First American Edition of Boswell

The Life of Samuel Johnson LL. D. 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 pieces of his composition, never before published ….

Boston: Published by W. Andrews and L. Blake. Greenough and Stebbins, Printers, 1807.

Price: $600.00

About the item

First American from the fifth London Edition (1807, edited by Edmund Malone). The first edition was published in 1791. Frontispiece, 2 folding facsimiles. 500; 512; 543 pp. 3 vols. 8vo. First American Edition of Boswell. Contemporary sheep, red morocco spine labels. Binding worn, internally clean with occasional foxing. Lilly “Grolier 100 Books Famous in English Literature” 63; Pottle 85; Shaw & Shoemaker 12184. For the 1791 first edition: Courtney-Nichol Smith p. 172; Grolier “English” 63; Pottle 79; Tinker 388.

Item #37149

This is the first edition of this work to contain an index.