A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland.
London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1775. 8vo, (2), 384, (1, errata) pp. D8 and U4 are cancels. Original calf, joints cracked but holding, backstrip rubbed with loss at head and foot, title and text lightly spotted. Signature of R. Plumtre dated 1787 and modern bookplate of William Marchbank. Nevertheless, a very pleasant entirely unsophisticated copy. First Edition, first issue, with the 12-line errata. One of Johnsons best known books, his account of the trip to Scotland includes much on the Ossian forgeries. The signature at the front may be that of Russell Plumtre, a senior fellow of Queens and the universitys regius professor of physick (DNB). Courtney & Smith p. 122; Chapman & Hazen p. 151; Rothschild 1256.
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