London England 1971 Cloth First Edition Very Good/No Jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall 0710070306 Harback Hardback. Previous owners name and ex-libris name sticker to inside cover.
Sunned spine. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. The purpose of this volume is to document the development of Johnson's reputation by extracts from criticism (with one exception, No.61) during his lifetime and up to 1832. Themain principles of selection were interest, historical importantance, and representativeness. In some cases, as with James Callender's notorious Deformities of Dr. Samuel Johnson, where the original publication was itself fragmented as well as coarse, and selection was almost impossible if the reader's pleasure was to count for anything, quotation has been confined to the introductory essay. No apology is necessary for quoting from Johnson himself: both as stylist and as commentator on his own works he outshines most of his critics. 457 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politic
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