The Harleian Miscellany: or a collection of scarce, curious, and entertaining pamphlets and tracts…. Samuel JOHNSON.
The Harleian Miscellany: or a collection of scarce, curious, and entertaining pamphlets and tracts…

The Harleian Miscellany…
The Harleian Miscellany: or a collection of scarce, curious, and entertaining pamphlets and tracts…

London: T. Osborne, 1744-1746.

Eight volumes, quarto, contemporary speckled calf with red and black spine labels, gilt decorated.

Ambitious early project by Samuel Johnson

A very handsome set of literary works in full eighteenth century calf edited by Samuel Johnson.

A very handsome set of literary works in full eighteenth century calf edited by Samuel Johnson.
Comprising manuscripts and pamphlets from the library of Robert Harley, first Earl of Oxford, it was edited by Samuel Johnson as a young man. Johnson was originally employed by the publisher to catalogue Harley's impressive library, which later became a foundation collection of the British Museum library.
This publication arose from the need as recognised by Johnson, to publish Harley's extensive ephemeral collection in a more lasting and accessible form. The volumes contain fascinating seventeenth century social and literary commentary – both pious and impious and is of great value to English historical and political history of this period.

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