Chambers etc, 1792, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Poor, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Early
JAMES BOSWELL. The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D., in 3 volumes, Dublin: John Chambers (V1), John Ershaw (V2), and Robert Rhames (V3), 1792. Octavo, second edition (pirated -- the first was published in London in 1791), pp. xxxiv, 536; 605; 573, contemporary tree calf with morocco labels to spines, folding Round Robin, folding samples of Johnson's handwriting, bookplate of Mansfield Charles Fuldner, the American artist and collector. This set used three printers apparently in the interest of speed, and it beat the legitimate second London edition to the market by almost a year. See Pottle 80, Lowndes 242, ESTC T64484. Condition of this set: All boards reattached professionally, darkened by leather treatment, extremities rubbed and chipped, top edges darkened. Free front endpaper of V1 perished. Occasional foxing but clean, a very sound set. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 3-volume set (complete). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Front and back boards both detached. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Ireland; 18th century; Antiquarian & Rare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 55048.