BOSWELL'S LONDON JOURNAL: 1762 - 1763 ©1950 Edited by Frederick A. Pottle First Edition
The publication of BOSWELL'S LONDON JOURNAL: 1762–1763 marked a milestone in the history of English literature. Taken from the original manuscript and edited by Frederick A. Pottle, the journal was written nearly 200 years before being published in 1950. It was the first volume of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, and became an immediate worldwide bestseller.
The 370-page hardcover book is a first edition, unmarked copy, and in very good/near fine condition. The Boswell crest is embossed on the front cover and the endpapers are decorated with a map of London. The gilt lettering on the black spine is worn and the bottom edge shows shelf wear, but overall the book is tight and square.
Boswell was only twenty-two years old when he wrote this journal, in which he set down the record of nine momentous months in his life in London—more momentous, even, than he knew. The journal is remarkable for its frankness and honest recording the facts of the author’s life, as well as for the shrewdness with which he dissects his own motives.
About the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell: A literary and historical project of Yale University established in 1949 with the intent to publish the supposedly long lost and massive collection of letters, manuscripts, private papers, and journals of the 18th century Scottish biographer, diarist, and lawyer, James Boswell. After Boswell's private papers were recovered centuries after being lost, they were brought together by Ralph Isham and later acquired by Yale University. The university established a dedicated office to edit and publish Boswell's journals and correspondence. The journals have been published in 13 volumes, with BOSWELL'S LONDON JOURNAL being the first released. From 1949 to 1979, Frederick A. Pottle, Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University, was the head of the Yale Boswell Editions.
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