A Tour to the Western Islands, with Essays on a Variety of Subjects

NY: William Durell, 1812. 12mo. (2), [5]-373 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson ("Pub. By W. Durell 1809"). Contemporary flame calf, leather label and gilt rules on spine, all edges yellow; several contemporary marginal ink notes and all press marks struck through in ink. Very good. Item #50714

First edition thus and second American edition of Johnson's Tour (which was first published in Baltimore, 1810, without the "essays" included here). This is actually volume eight of Durell's edition of Johnson's Works (1809-1812), with a new title page replacing the original first two leaves (title page and contents leaf); according to the colophon printed by Jane Aitkin. Not recorded in American Imprints. OCLC records three copies (New York Public, Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall).

Price: $450.00

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