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1837 EDITION OF JOHNSON’S LANDMARK DICTIONARY

JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1837. Two volumes.

Later edition of Johnson’s landmark Dictionary—the work that “had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics” (Noah Webster)—handsomely bound. $2500.

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“IN A MAN’S LETTERS, YOU KNOW, MADAM, HIS SOUL LIES NAKED”

PIOZZI, Hester Lynch, ed. Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson. London, 1788. Two volumes. First edition of Hester Thrale Piozzi’s significant selection of Dr. Johnson’s erudite and entertaining letters—“the first publication and canonization of a large body of his correspondence”—uncut in original boards. $2500.

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"THE MADNESS OF INDEPENDENCE HAS SPREAD": FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF SAMUEL JOHNSON’S CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL TRACTS, 1776

JOHNSON, Samuel. Political Tracts. London, 1776.

First edition of Johnson's four anonymously published political tracts, together in one volume for the first time, False Alarm (1770), Falkland's Islands (1771), The Patriot (1774) and Taxation No Tyranny (1775), his provocative attack on American colonists and the First Continental Congress. $2500.

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BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON, ABUNDANTLY ILLUSTRATED & HANDSOMELY BOUND

BOSWELL, James. Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London, 1907. Two volumes.

1907 two-volume edition of Boswell’s celebrated biography of Samuel Johnson, with over 550 illustrations, including 12 photogravure plates, handsomely bound. $1250.

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“A COMPONENT PART OF ENGLISH LITERATURE”

JOHNSON, Samuel. The Rambler. London, 1809. Four volumes.

Later edition of Johnson’s Rambler, “a vast treasury of moral precept and ethical instruction” (Lowndes, 1218), with engraved vignette title pages and 12 engraved plates, including a portrait of Dr. Johnson in Volume I. An attractively bound, uncut copy. $850.

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