1804. Banbury: P. Rusher [publisher], Cheney printer, 1804.
8vo in fours, [iv], 135 pp. Original boards, rebacked with later vellum. A fine copy, untrimmed and in original boards that are waste paper from the printer's shop overprinted with black. The printer's family copy signed T. Cheney and (later) J. Cheney in ink on the title-page.
§ A very rare version of this popular title. The Rusher edition of 1804 is unrecorded in Worldcat and not recorded in any American libraries (but see Fleeman below), but the British Museum catalogue does record this 1804 edition as well as a London 1805 edition unrecorded elsewhere. Although typographic historians dismiss this typeface as being of little interest or use, (T.B.) Reed nonetheless stated: "Rusher's edition of Rasselas... will always claim a place among typographical curiosities." Fleeman, Bibliography Of Johnson, 59.4/42b: "there are many minor typographical variants between copies" -- an interesting comment as he notes at least 6 copies. Item #125126