BOSWELL, James Boswell's life of Johnson, together with Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey into North Wales. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1934-1950.
8vo. 6 vols. Original red cloth, gilt lettering to spines; text illustrations; very good.
First edition of this acclaimed edition by L.F. Powell, enlarged from George Birkbeck Hill's original critical edition of 1887. This edition was Powell's crowning glory as a scholar: "his Boswell is a lasting memorial" (ODNB). It was initially published in four volumes in 1934; the fifth volume was added when research uncovered new material, while the sixth volume is a comprehensive set of indices.