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“THE GREATEST MASTERPIECE OF ENGLISH 18TH-CENTURY CRITICISM”

JOHNSON, Samuel. The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. London, 1781. Four volumes.

First London edition of Johnson’s celebrated Lives of the Poets—this set richly extra-illustrated with 170 engraved portraits and views, several folding—very handsomely bound. $4800.

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“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT IN THE FIELD OF LEXICOGRAPHY”

JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language. Dublin, 1775. Two volumes.

Fourth edition—first Irish edition, and first quarto edition—of Johnson's monumental Dictionary, the work that "had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (Noah Webster), handsomely bound. $3500.

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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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“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 GREATEST MASTERPIECE OF ENGLISH 18TH-CENTURY CRITICISM”

JOHNSON, Samuel. Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. London, 1781. Four volumes.

First London edition of Johnson’s celebrated Lives of the Poets, with engraved frontispiece portrait after Sir Joshua Reynolds, handsomely bound in contemporary calf. $1600.

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