The Life of Samuel Johnson, LLD Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published, the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain for Near Half a Century During Which He Flourished by James Boswell, with Copious Notes and Biographical Illustrations by Malone, In Four Volumes, London, Printed for J Richardson and Co et al, 1823. Vol I: portrait engraving opposite title page, dedication, advertisements for the first, second and third editions + 416 pgs; Vol II: 472 pgs; Vol III: 477 pgs; Vol IV: 426 pgs including index + 2 pgs ads. This set is uniformly bound in diced leather with spines rebacked with gilt stamped cloth, marbled endpapers and fore-edges, each volume measuring about 5.5" x 8.75". Three of the four volumes bear a name plate for James Wheatley in addition to another owner’s name “Chas St Alphonse” of Camberwell and Loughton. Two old newspaper clippings are glued onto blank pages at front of first volume.
Condition: Spines rebacked as noted, old reinforcement to hinges, scattered foxing which is heaviest in first volume (especially in preliminary advertisements), wear and soil to leather bindings, contents are complete and legible and free from underlining and interior writing (except for owner’s name and gift inscription from a Miss Banks). Old smokey aroma.