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JOHNSON, Samuel.

Rare books by and about Samuel Johnson, including first editions and copies in fine bindings of the English Dictionary, and handsome sets of his collected works.

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  1. A Dictionary of the English Language:
    First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries, in an extremely handsome contemporary binding. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he experienced the death... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 93130

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  2. A Dictionary of the English Language:
    First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary [of the English language] compiled by a writer of the first rank" (Robert Burchfield); "the most amazing, enduring... Learn More
    £14,500

    Stock Code: 72604

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  3. The Life of Samuel Johnson,
    First edition of the most famous biography in any language. The immense task of compiling the thousands of notes Boswell had recorded on "the great man's talk, habits and opinions" was begun after Johnson's death in 1784. Made up of trifling incidents as well as the significant events in Johnson's life, the work remains... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 80063

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  4. Aphorisms on Authors and their Ways;
    First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To M.C, from AB, Christmas 1917" on the initial blank, and latterly in the collection of American-born Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111281

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