Sale Catalogue of Dr. Johnson’s Library

By: Newton, A. Edward, intro.

Price: $100.00

Quantity: 1 available


No. 99 of 250 copies printed. Blue paper over boards with paper spine and cover labels, 14.8 by 22.8 cm, 11 pp. followed by the 28-page catalog reproduction. Sunning along the edges, paper worn-through at the corners and foot of spine, and loss to the top third of the spine, including much of the spine label. Boldly signed by Newton at the conclusion of his introductory essay. Reproduces the exceptionally rare and heavily annotated “A Catalogue of the Valuable Library of Books of the Late Learned Samuel Johnson, Esq; LL.D., Deceased,” from Christies, London, 1785. The library of Johnson (1709-1784), author of the 1755 A Dictionary of the English Language, was important and awe-inspiring, causing one, as Newton says, to fall “into a reverie,” even if the catalog itself is rather sparse on details. “Let us agree,” says Newton, “that the books were not ‘over-catalogued.’” Despite this, it remains an important document if only, as Newton states, “it is interesting to have before us so complete a list of the books he cherished.”

Title: Sale Catalogue of Dr. Johnson’s Library

Author Name: Newton, A. Edward, intro.

Categories: Books on Books,

Edition: Limited ed

Publisher: Philadelphia, A. Edward Newton: 1925

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 1939