London: George Routledge and Sons, Limited, 1891. Reynolds, Joshua. Hard Cover. Good / No Jacket. Item #2335142
'The Library Edition.' 1 inch split to cloth along front joint of first volume, endpapers foxed, front hinge of first and third volumes just beginning to weaken, front and rear hinges of second and fifth volumes weakening, some pages unopened.
Complete in five volumes. lxii, 381; 398; 400, ; 390, ; 424,  pp. Navy blue cloth, gilt titles, frontispiece portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, edited by Henry Morley, includes advertisements and prefaces from several editions, including John Wilson Croker's. Samuel Johnson, byname Dr. Johnson, (born September 18, 1709, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England—died December 13, 1784, London), English critic, biographer, essayist, poet, and lexicographer, regarded as one of the greatest figures of 18th-century life and letters. Johnson once characterized literary biographies as “mournful narratives,” and he believed that he lived “a life radically wretched.” Yet his career can be seen as a literary success story of the sickly boy from the Midlands who by talent, tenacity, and intelligence became the foremost literary figure and the most formidable conversationalist of his time. For future generations, Johnson was synonymous with the later 18th century in England. The disparity between his circumstances and achievement gives his life its especial interest. - Britannica