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) #608 of 1050; Boswell in Holland (1952) #608 of 1050; Boswell on the Grand Tour - Germany and Switzerland (1953) #608 of 1000; Boswell on the Grand Tour - Italy, Corsica and France (1955) #288 of 400; Boswell in Search of a Wife (1957) #98 of 400; Boswell for the Defence (1960) #304 of 350. Illustrated throughout. Volume 1: light foxing to endpapers. Volume 4: bookplate on front paste down. Volumes 4 & 5: fading to spine labels. Volume 6: small knock to the head of the spine. A near fine set. Item #4394
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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