THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS....

Dublin: Printed by John Chambers [& John Exshaw, & Robert Rhames for second and third volumes respectively] for R. Cross, et al, 1792. Three volumes. xxxiv,536;[2],605;573pp. plus two folding plates. Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt extra, gilt green morocco lettering pieces. Occasional minor soiling, narrow crack at toe of lower joint of 2nd volume, narrow short worm track (largely marginal but touching a few letters) in 2Q of 2nd volume, but a very good, crisp set, in a handsome contemporary binding. Item #WRCLIT45377

First Dublin edition, set up from the first London edition and incorporating corrections to some of the errata, but introducing other errors. Though undertaken for the same group of booksellers, the task of printing was doled out to three separate printers, with consequent variations in the imprint. An unusually nice set of this edition, noted by Pottle as "cheaply and rather poorly printed, evidently to undersell the genuine edition, which must, however, have been nearly, if not quite, exhausted when it appeared. It is now listed by the booksellers as 'very rare', which is perhaps justified, as there is no copy in the British Museum, the Bodleian, or the National Library of Scotland" - Pottle. As this edition predated the second London edition by almost a year, its appearance had, no doubt, a considerably greater effect on the sales of that edition than it had on the first. Pottle's collation places the "Round Robin" plate as a frontis to the first volume; in this set, it appears in company with the manuscript facsimile at the end of the third, perchance as issued. POTTLE 80. ESTC T64484.

Price: $1,750.00

Pretty Set of the Dublin Edition