Publisher: London: Printed for J. Wilkie, 1767.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Pottle 22; NCBEL II, 1211.
Condition: Binding a little rubbed; some dust-soiling and scattered stains; very good copy. Uncommon.
Book ID: 27752
Description8vo, contemporary quarter calf and exposed gray boards (once covered with marbled paper, now gone). Half-title present.
CommentsOne of many books and pamphlets about the "Douglas Cause," a major cause célèbre in Scotland in the 1760s. Boswell served as a journalist and chronicler of the legal proceedings and wrote several works about the case, including a short tale, Dorando, A Spanish Tale. According to Pottle, he probably was not the only editor of these letters, but his role is evident in the text. Contemporary and early ownership signatures of William Ferdinando Blencowe of Lowick Hall, Cumberland, and Henry Prescott Blencowe on the front blank and half-title. For a good account of the "Douglas Cause" see Wikipedia.