The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., A New Edition in Twelve Volumes, with an Essay on His Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy, Esq. (Twelve Volumes). Samuel Johnson.
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., A New Edition in Twelve Volumes, with an Essay on His Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy, Esq. (Twelve Volumes)

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., A New Edition in Twelve Volumes, with an Essay on His Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy, Esq. (Twelve Volumes)

Very Good. Item #6665

London: G. Woodfall [Vols I-VI] and Luke Hasard & Sons [Vols VII-XII], 1816. 1816 reprint of 1806 "New Edition." 12mo; Vol I viii + 328pp; Vol II iv + 423pp; Vol III iv + 426pp; Vol IV vii + 403pp; Vol V vii + 406pp; Vol VI vi + 336pp; Vol VII viii + 336pp; Vol VIII iv + 366pp; Vol IX iv + 408pp; Vol X iv + 353pp; Vol XI iv + 336pp; Vol XII iv + 432pp + unpaginated index [108pp]. Frontispiece Johnson portrait by Joshua Reynolds, engraved by W. Evans. [Courtney and Smith, pp. 164 and 165, for 1806 configuration and 1816 reprint note]

Drab pasteboard and label binding, as originally published, awaiting final purchaser's decision as to binding style. Textblock untrimmed and pages predominantly unopened—again, awaiting final purchaser's binding choices.

All joints and hinges solid; textblocks robustly sewn, with all gatherings solidly in place. Minimal foxing. Some dust has infiltrated the untrimmed textblock edges. A few polite pencil notations in the "LIfe of Savage" (Vol. X).

A remarkably complete, clean, and useable set, poised to accept a magnificent 21st century binding, but robust enough to go without, after having waited patiently for over two centuries.

Price: $250.00