Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated
- Majority of material found within 1775-1839
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1 collection (2.5 linear feet (10 volumes))
The set includes letters by Joseph Addison; Sir Joseph Banks; George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron; Edmund Burke; Thomas Carlyle; Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; James Cook; William Cowper; Oliver Cromwell; Charles Darwin; Charles Dickens; John Dryden; Elizabeth I, Queen of England; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles James Fox; Benjamin Franklin; David Garrick; Edward Gibbon; William Hogarth; David Hume; Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay; Edmond Malone; Elizabeth Robinson Montagu; Hannah More; Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson; Sir Isaac Newton; Samuel Pepys; Thomas Percy; Hester Lynch Piozzi; William Pitt; Alexander Pope; Sir Joshua Reynolds; Samuel Richardson; Sir Walter Scott; Anna Seward; Jonathan Swift; William Makepeace Thackeray; Voltaire; Horace Walpole; George Washington; Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; John Wesley; and many others.
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: (2. 123. 3) indicates that the item is in Vol. 2 of Adam's 10-volume set. Within that volume, it appears facing page 123, and starts on the third inserted sheet facing that page. It follows immediately after (2. 123. 1) because that item is mounted on two sheets.
Hill's printed index, appearing in volume 10, pages 443 to 476, is annotated by Adam in pencil. Entries marked with the symbol ^ have been illustrated with an autograph manuscript; the page where the manuscript appears is underlined. A "P" indictates that the entry is ilustrated by a print. The ^ and P symbols have been combined when both manuscripts and prints are available.
Appearing after Hill's index, volume 10, pages 477-521, is a printed master index of inserted material. This was apparently compiled by Adam, and printed using a similar typeface and paper size as Hill's book. The index has separate sections for portraits; autographs and manuscripts; views; and miscellaneous illustrations.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
- Adam, R.B. Catalogue of the Johnsonian Collection of R.B. Adam (Buffalo, N.Y.: privately printed, 1921).
- Eccles, Mary Hyde. A Miscellany of her Essays and Addresses (New York: Grolier Club, 2002).
- Redford, Bruce, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992). Cited as "Hyde Edition."
A full inventory spreadsheet was compiled by Marcia Levinson while the set was property of Mary Hyde Eccles. This spreadsheet was expanded and developed into the present guide in 2005.
- Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900: Guide.
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