LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, L.L.D., TOGETHER WITH THE JOURNAL...
by Boswell, James
First Napier edition, (New editions) with Notes and Appendices by Alexander Napier, plus one volume, unnumbered of Johnsoniana ("Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson by Mrs. Piozzi, Richard Cumberland, Bishop Percy...and extracts from the diary of Madame D'Arblay") 'newly collected and edited by Robina Napier' (Pottle 96). Referred to by Pottle as the best edition of the "Life" before Hill's, essentially a revised Croker. Some of Boswell's notes are placed in the appendixes, which also contain valuable discussions of points too lengthy for use as notes. This edition is prefaced by a valuable essay on Johnson's various biographers, and a summary of the work done by different editors on Boswell's text. The "Life" and the "Tour" contain excellent separate indexes. The most important item in Mrs. Napier's "Johnsoniana" is Thomas Campbell's "Diary of a Visit to England in 1775," which was first published at Sydney, Australia, in 1854, but was here printed for the first time in England. Also separately indexed. "Handsomely printed, with many (54) useful and beautiful illustrations." Pages uncut. Covers soiled, some rubbing to extremites, offset to endpapers, waterstains to top edge of frontispiece and title page in volume five.