PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS, COMPOSED BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D. AND PUBLISHED FROM HIS MANUSCRIPTS, BY GEORGE STRAHAN, A. M.

(London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1785). 213 x 137 mm. (8 3/8 x 5"). xvi, 227, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION.

Pleasing marbled calf by Riviere & Son, flat spine gilt in compartments separated by Greek key roll, central patera with swag above and laurel branches below, floral sprig cornerpieces, tan morocco labels, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Courtney-Smith, p. 158; Chapman & Hazen, p. 163; Tinker 1378. Joints very lightly rubbed, spine with (natural?) color variation and a small stain on label, a few signatures slightly toned and a handful of leaves with a dusting of faint foxing, light marginal dampstain on three leaves, but these issues all quite minor, and on the whole a very appealing set, with clean contents and in an attractive binding.

The private thoughts and resolutions of one of the 18th century's most important intellectuals are offered here in a fine later example of English bookbinding. During the latter part of his life, Johnson (1709-84) was in the habit of writing out meditations at five important times a year: on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter, his birthday, and the anniversary of his wife's death. These "prayers" have a confessional tone and sometimes seem more like diary entries, as Johnson resolves to rise early, drink less strong liquors, keep a journal, and put his books in order. The text was printed from a manuscript, not meant for publication, that was in the possession of one of Johnson's friends, who gave it to the editor George Strahan. The tasteful binding here demonstrates why Riviere & Son was revered for their designs and craftsmanship over a very protracted time.
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PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS, COMPOSED BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D. AND PUBLISHED FROM HIS MANUSCRIPTS, BY GEORGE STRAHAN, A. M. SAMUEL JOHNSON.
PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS, COMPOSED BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D. AND PUBLISHED FROM HIS MANUSCRIPTS, BY GEORGE STRAHAN, A. M.