New York: The Heritage Press , 1964. First edition thus. Hardcover. 3 vol. 8vo. , viii-lviii, , 2-466; , 2-486, ; , 2-473,  pp. Grey cloth, each spine with a red inset lettered in gold. With marginal comments and markings from two copies annotated by Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi. Prepared for publication with an introduction by Edward G. Fletcher. Illustrated by a color frontispiece of Sir Joshua Reynolds' famous painting of Johnson, volume two with a color frontispiece of George Willinson's portrait of a young Samuel Johnson, volume three with a color frontispiece portrait of Hester Thrale Piozzi. Includes the issue of The Sandglass. Bussacco 106-108. A lovely set of the first comprehensive biographical work written and published in English. Near Fine. Item #00009369
A touch of toning to the spines on the slipcases, overall a beautiful example.