London: A Poem and The Vanity of Human Wishes. with an introductory essay by T. S. Eliot (Haslewood Books.)
First Edition; printed at the Chiswick Press & published in the 'Haslewood Books' series in a limited edition of 450 numbered copies of which this is number 407 (the first 150 copies were signed by Eliot); black titles on paper label to front board. In 1738 Johnson composed the verse satire 'London', his first imitation of Juvenal's poetry. Johnson's 'London' is concerned primarily with political issues, especially those surrounding the Walpole administration. Johnson's second imitation of Juvenal, 'The Vanity of Human Wishes', emphasizes philosophy over politics.
Small Folio (over 12" -19" tall); original (blue) boards faded to brown on front & edges of rear but otherwise in good condition; End-papers browned, text block clean; Original spine missing, neatly taped with cloth binding tape; Previous owner's name ink-stamped on front endpaper: "C. W. M. Swithinbank". (Charles Winthrop Molesworth Swithinbank, the British glaciologist & polar specialist.
Author Samuel Johnson/T. S. Eliot (introduction by)
Binding Hardback Boards
Publisher Frederick Etchells & Hugh MacDonald