1952. New York: The Modern Library, 1952.
8vo., xv, 559 pp. Full blue cloth with title stamped in gilt to backstrip, with original pictorial dust-jacket. Dust-jacket shows hints of edge wear, price-clipped, internally bright; very good. Signed in ink on the half-title by Ruth Moline.
§ First edition thus. “Few men in history have ever been known as intimately as Samuel Johnson. Famous in his own time for his wit and wisdom, he has had the rare good fortune to gain a posthumous extension of personality and influence over a period of more than one hundred and sixty years. James Boswell’s boast that Johnson would ‘be seen in this work more completely than any man who has ever yet lived’ has been borne out in the greatest biography in the English language...”. Item #108299