The Journal of James Boswell 1781-1783 / Death of Lord Auchinleck 30 August 1782 / Jaunt to London, Spring, 1783
[Printed in the U.S.A.], [Privately printed], 1932. Hardcover. pp. viii, 316.Larger 4to,,,This is volume 15 of an eighteen volume set, entitled: 'Private Papers of JAMES BOSWELL from Malahide Castle / In the Collection of Lt-Colonel Ralph Heyward Isham / Prepared for the press by Geoffrey Scott and Frederick A. Pottle and now first printed.' This is the first publication of Boswell's private papers, which had, since his death in 1785, lain locked in a cabinet sequestered in the estate of Lord Talbot de Malahide, until the copyright to them was acquired by Lieut. Col. Isham, 'as a result of which this long-shut gateway into the eighteenth century was finally unlocked'. Edited and arranged by Scott and Pottle, whose 'duty has here been confined (except in Vol. VI) to establish the text and chronology of the documents; to classify them with a view to the special character of this edition; and to provide some brief explanatory prefaces.' The printer was William Edwin Rudge. After printing, the type was distributed. Bound in red paper over boards with a paper spine label and encased in a similarly-bound slipcase (as issued). There is a trace of very light scuffing to the boards, and the spine is a bit sunned. The corners are very slightly rubbed. There is a former owner's presentation bookplate on the front pastedown, but otherwise the contents are pristine and the pages uncut. Overall, the book is in near fine condition. The slipcase is a bit rubbed, scuffed and somewhat worn at edges, and is now in about good condition. (We have other individual volumes available.). The book designed by Bruce Rogers and printed in a limited edition of 570 copies, of which this is copy number 360.
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