Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated
- Majority of material found within 1738-1836
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
1.1 linear feet (6 volumes)
The collection contains some original watercolor illustrations. Of particular interest are two illustrations of scenes from Shakespeare, attributed to Richard Westall, items (1. 64. 1) and (1. 64. 2). It also contains a complete copy of the 1785 Catalogue of the Valuable Library of Books of the Late Learned Samuel Johnson, Esq., LL.D., item (2. 154. 1).
The first digit of each item number refers to the volume as bound by Adam, and the second digit refers to the page number in the published text. The third digit, where necessary, refers to the sheet number of the insertion in cases where more than one item is inserted for a page. Example: (6. 530. 6) indicates that the item is in Vol. 6 of Adam's 6-volume set. Within that volume, it appears facing page 530, and starts on the sixth inserted sheet facing that page. It follows immediately after (6. 530. 4) because that item is mounted on two sheets.
Appearing after Croker's table of contents and index, volume 1, pages xix-lii, is a printed master index of inserted material. This was apparently compiled by Adam. The index has separate sections for portraits; views; and illustrations.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
A full inventory spreadsheet was compiled by Marcia Levinson while the set was the property of Mary Hyde Eccles. This spreadsheet was expanded and developed into the present guide in 2005.
- Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857. Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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