London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811. Sixth Edition. Octavos, 4 volumes; VG; all volumes bound in contemporary full mottled brown calf, gilt tooling to spines, red and brown labels with gilt titling and numbering; gilt roll to board edges; mild rubbing and wear to all volumes, including bumping and peeling to corners; some foxing to endpapers, interiors clean; , xxxvii, , 481; , 496; , 483; , 530; with engraved portrait frontispiece and the two required plates: the fold-out reproduction of Dr. Johnson’s handwriting in volume 1 and the famous Round Robin in volume 4; offsetting to title page of volume 1 from frontispiece; shelved above Historiography.
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James Boswell, was a Scottish biographer and diarist, best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language.;
For this edition the entire work had been read over by the author's son, James Boswell by which many errors occasioned over the earlier editions had been discovered and carefully amended. Also several new notes and letters had been added and a useful appendage. Advertisements from the previous editions are present in volume 1;
The first edition of Boswell's work appeared on May 16, 1791, in two quarto volumes, with 1,750 copies printed. Once this was exhausted, a second edition in three octavo volumes was published in July 1793. This second edition was augmented by "many valuable additions," which were appended to the 1791 text. The third edition, appearing in 1799 after Boswell's death, was the responsibility of Edmond Malone, who had been instrumental in the preparation of the previous editions. Malone inserted the additions in their appropriate places in the text, adding some (suitably bracketed and credited) notes by himself and other contributors, including Boswell's son James. This third edition has been regarded as definitive by many editors. Malone brought out further editions in 1804, 1807, and 1811;