THE WORKS OF BOSWELL, WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY ERNEST SHEPARD, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND KELLIEGRAM-STYLE BY RIVIERE IN ELABORATE FULL MOROCCO-GILT WITH INLAID MOROCCO COVER ILLUSTRATION OF SAMUEL JOHNSON
BOSWELL, James. Everybody’s Boswell. Being the Life of Samuel Johnson Abridged from James Boswell’s Complete Text and from the ‘Tour to the Hebrides’. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1930. Octavo, contemporary full green morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, six-color inlaid morocco cover illustration of Samuel Johnson, gilt-stamped illustration of Johnson on rear cover, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $1200.
Illustrated edition of Boswell’s most acclaimed works, with 54 lovely plates by Ernest Shepard, beautifully bound in an elaborate full morocco-gilt Kelliegram-style binding by Riviere & Son featuring a six-color morocco inlaid cover portrait of Samuel Johnson.
“The Life of Johnson was written on a scale practically unknown to biographers before Boswell. It is a full-length portrait with all the blotches and pimples revealed… He is a dramatic and descriptive artist of the first order” (Seccombe). Includes text from Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. Plates are illustrations of some of the most dramatic episodes of Johnson’s life. Ernest Shepard is best-known as the illustrator of Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books.
Only mild toning to spine. An exceptional copy.