Samuel Johnson Literary Giant of the Eighteenth Century: An Exhibition At the Huntington Library, May 23-September 21, 2009.
Rasselas Press, 2011,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 77 pp. Rasselas Press, Item #32691
Illustrated in color and black and white. Includes and bibliography and index. "The exhibition included Sir Joshua Reynold's famous 'Blinking Sam' portrait of Johnson, first editions of Johnson's work of which only a few copies exist and which have rarely if every been publicly displayed, a rare surviving portion of Johnson's diaries, the manuscript of Thraliana, the extraordinary journal of Hester Lynch Thrale, original letters from Johnson, a rare letter to Johnson from his friend Sir Joshua Reynolds (Johnson destroyed most of his personal papers just before he died), a copy of the first edition of A Dictionary of the English Language uncut in its original binding as it came from the press, and many eighteenth-century mezzotint portraits of the members of Johnson's circle." Very fine.