London: William Heinemann, 1951-60. 8vo. 6 volumes. De luxe limited editions. Original quarter vellum with navy buckram boards, stamped with Boswell's coat of arms in gilt on the upper covers and leather labels on the spines. Top edges gilt. Deckle-edge antique laid paper. Silk marker ribbons. 'London Journal' (1951) #423 of 1050; Boswell in Holland (1952) #423 of 1050; Boswell on the Grand Tour - Germany and Switzerland (1953) #421 of 1000; Boswell on the Grand Tour - Italy, Corsica and France (1955) #125 of 400; Boswell in Search of a Wife (1957) #242 of 400; Boswell for the Defence (1960) #73 of 350. Illustrated throughout. Volume 2: page in Introduction carelessly closed causing rumpling and creasing. Volume 6: lacks slipcase. Light wear to some slipcases. Near fine. Item #3901
The first six volumes of the Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell were the only ones to be issued in de luxe, limited editions. A complete run in excellent condition.
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