FIRST EDITION OF BOSWELL’S LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, WITH ORIGINAL 1791 AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM BOSWELL TO HIS SCOTTISH CARETAKER
(JOHNSON, Samuel) BOSWELL, James. Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London, 1791. Two volumes.
First edition, first issue of the greatest of literary biographies, beautifully bound. With an autograph letter signed by James Boswell, addressed to Andrew Gibb, caretaker of his family estate, dated “30 April 1791” and signed by Boswell on the verso, written only two weeks before publication of his masterpiece. $23,000.