1801 12vol Works Of Samuel Johnson Essay On His Life And Genius By Arthur Murphy For Sale
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
A New Edition in Twelve Volumes
With An Essay on his Life and Genius
BySamuel Johnson; essay by Arthur Murphy, Esq.
1801 - London - Printed by Nichols and Son
8.5" by 5.5", various paginations
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. with An Essay on his Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy to volume one. With an engraved portrait of Johnson to frontispiece to volume one.
A new edition.
In twelve volumes complete.
Included are Johnson's poems, plays, essays, the complete text from the Rambler and The Idler, political tracts and travel writing, biographies, letters and prayers. With a general index to rear of volume twelve.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".
Arthur Murphy (1727 - 1805), also known by the pseudonym Charles Ranger, was an Irish writer. Murphy first met Johnson during the summer of 1754. Murphy was working on the Gray's-Inn Journal and, after discovering that a French article that they wanted to print was actually a translation of Johnson's Rambler No. 190, came to Johnson to apologise for his error. The two soon became friends, and Murphy began to tell the story many times later.
Murphy is best known for three biographies: his 1792 An Essay on the Life and Genius of Samuel Johnson, his 1762 Fielding's Works and his 1801 Life of David Garrick.
An Essay on the Life and Genius of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. was first published in 1792 as a prefix to a twelve volume edition of Johnson's Works.
In contemporary tree calf bindings. Externally, generally smart but with slight wear to extremities and odd marks to boards, minor loss to one spine label. Five joints starting very slightly, Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and clean but with slight scattered foxing, heavier in places, although other places completely clean. With offsetting to title to volume one and handling marks and the odd slight stain to text block edges.
Overall: VERY GOOD
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