Anecdotes Of The Late Samuel Johnson, Ll.d During The Last Twenty Years Of His Life..


Bound in half calf, gilt, over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt with contrasting title label. Marbled boards. Deckled edges. Extremities worn and faded and joints starting to crack but otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Lord Crewe.



Printed for T. Cadell in the Strand.,






The second edition.

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8vo. 5 x 8 inches. viii + 306 pp. + [1] pp. Postscript with Errata slip pasted in.


A reissue of the first edition, also of 1786, with a cancel title page. The author claimed that she received £300 from her publisher and that the king stayed up all night to read it. Hester Piozzi, née Salusbury, and afterwards, Thrale (1741-1821) was the daughter of a Welsh landowner who married Henry Thrale, a wealthy London brewer in 1763 and soon entered into London literary society, being a patron and friend of the young Fanny Burney. She accompanied Johnson on a visit to Wales in 1774 and remarried Gabriel Piozzi, an Italian music teacher in 1784. She wrote the anecdotes, based on her notes taken during her acquaintance with Johnson, over a period of three years spent in Italy with her new husband. In spite of its popularity, running into four issues in the year of publication, it did not meet with universal approval, Horace Walpole describing it as 'a heap of rubbish.' Nevertheless it is now regarded as a valuable source for the life of Samuel Johnson, supplementing the view provided by Boswell's famous biography.
This copy is from the library assembled by Richard Monckton-Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton (1809-85), an important patron of literature, and by his son, of Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe, and previously the Earl of Crewe (1858-1945), Liberal politician, who held a wide variety of offices in his career, including those of Colonial and India Secretary

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