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"After my death I wish no other herald,
SHAKSPEARE, Henry VIII.
See Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs. Thrale, dated Ostick in Skie, September 30, 1773: "Boswell writes a regular Journal of our travels, which I think contains as much of what i say and do, as of al other occurrences together; for such a faithful chronicler is Grifith."”— BOSWELL
A WORK So well known as "BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON,” needs no eulogy to those who have read it. Hitherto, however, the book has hardly been brought within reach of the great mass of the lovers of literature; and it may interest those who make acquaintance for the first time with this masterpiece of Biography, to know that the most eminent of critics who have written upon the subject since the book appeared are unanimous in their opinion, that as a life-like portraiture, not only of the personal appearance and singular habits of a distinguished man, but of his strong prejudices, his vigorous eloquence, his homely common sense, and his ready wit, so strikingly shown in the series of conversations which the industry of Boswell has preserved to us-this book stands unrivalled in the literature of our own or any other nation. It is to be hoped that the present edition will recommend itself, both by its cheapness and by the more sterling qualities of careful annotation and copious and judicious illustration which it will be found to possess, to many thousands who have not hitherto had an opportunity of becoming familiar with the work.
A few supplementary notes have been appended to this edition with the view of elucidating any apparent obscurities, without overburdening the text. The numerous engravings with which the work is illustrated, comprise portraits of most of Johnson's
distinguished contemporaries, and of all his intimate associates,
These few explanations cannot be more appropriately closed
niel, Esq., for the kindness and courtesy which they have severally shown in allowing us the freest access to their invaluable collections of Prints, Paintings, and other relics illustrative of the life and times of Samuel Johnson.
to Cave on Literary Projects-Ode on Friendship-Embarrassed Circumstances-
Johnson's Rack Servant-Letter from Smellett to Wilkes-Blackfriars Bride-