London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1793. 2nd Edition. Leather. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / No jacket as issued. Item #002074
2nd edition, 1st edition in octavo. Extra-illustrated. A very Near Fine set. Complete in 3 volumes. Thick 8vo.[Vol.1] xxxix, xxxviii, 603; [Vol.2] (2), 605; [Vol.3](2), 711 pp. Extra-illustrated with 151 additional plates (some double page, 1 folding, 2 colored). a.e.g. Original diamond-patterned mottled calf, gilt-stamped spine compartments, raised bands, gilt-stamped red calf spine labels, gilt-stamped turn-ins; rebacked in elaborately gilt embellished spines. Boards lightly rubbed. Title page of vol.1&3 lightly foxed. Occasional small and incidental blemishes. A very Near Fine set, handsomely bound. **** This spectacular set of Boswell's famous biography of Doctor Samuel Johnson was embellished, probably early in the 19th century, with the addition of 151 engraved plates and portraits. These plates include royalty (Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I, Charles II, William III, Queen Anne, George II, Queen Caroline), statesmen (Sir Joseph Banks, Oliver Cromwell, John Earl of Rochester, Horatio First Lord Walpole), artists and craftsmen (William Caxton, Rembrandt van Rijn), musicians and performers (Dr. Charles Burney, Charles Kemble, Richard Brinsley Sheridan), scientists and doctors (John Hunter, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Sydenham), explorers (Captain James Cook, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh) and authors (Francis Lord Bacon, Jeremy Bentham, John Bunyan, Bishop Gilbert Burnet, Robert Burton, George Buchanan, Geoffrey Chaucer, Colley Cibber, Abraham Cowley, William Cowper, Daniel Defoe, Rene Descartes, John Dryden, Erasmus, Bernard de Fontenelle, Edward Gibbon, John Locke, Hannah More, Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), William Shakespeare, Isaac Walton, Edward Young). Plus, there are many more lesser luminaries among these extra-illustrated plates, many of which are quite scarce. **** "When the LIFE OF JOHNSON was published in 1791 it at once commanded the admiration that Boswell had sought for so long, and it has suffered no diminuation since....It is still often said to be the greatest biography yet written, and the longevity of Dr. Johnson's fame perhaps owes much to the work (Boswell's)" -wiki. Additional photograghs of the extra-illustrations available on request.