Private Papers of James Boswell from Malahide Castle in the…

One of the triumphs of 20th century American fine printing

~ Private Papers of James Boswell from Malahide Castle in the Collection of Lt-Colonel Ralph Heyward Isham.

New York Printed by William Edwin Rudge 1929-33

Twenty volumes. One of 570 copies, this set numbered 35, 68 and 69. Designed by Bruce Rogers. Illustrated with numerous facsimiles of Boswell’s manuscripts printed in aquatone. Prepared for the press by Geoffrey Scott and Frederick A. Pottle. ‘Index to the Private Papers of James Boswell’, one of 1250 copies printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1937. ‘Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides’, no. 788 of 790 copies printed for The Viking Press, New York, 1936. Quarto and Folios. Original quarter red cloth with red paper covered boards, printed title labels to spines, several volumes largely unopened. Housed in worn and split slipcases. Fading to spines, tape repair to spine of volume 3, spine detached from volume 4, a few volumes with passages faintly underlined and with occasional notations in pencil, volume 10 with an early catalogue description of the set affixed to the rear endpaper. ‘Index’ and ‘Hebrides’ both with some slight foxing to endpapers, ‘Hebrides’ lacking the slipcase. Generally worn externally but internally bright and clean.

Rogers’s most significant contribution to neo-eighteenth century typography, consisting of 18 volumes of Boswell’s papers, together with an Index and ‘Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides’. Rogers had the work typeset in Baskerville with numerous typographic embellishments – adeptly evoking the era of Boswell’s life and work. The facsimiles were published in both quarto and folio formats due to Colonel Isham’s insistence that the manuscripts be reproduced in their actual size.
With the book labels of Roger H. West to several volumes. THIS SET WILL INCUR EXTRA SHIPPING COSTS TO BE CONFIRMED ON PURCHASE.

Haas, 153.
Benton, ‘Beauty and the Book:Fine Editions and Cultural Distinction in America’ p. 95.
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