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COOK, William (d. 1824)
The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. With occasional remarks on his writings, an authentic copy of his will, and a catalogue of his works. To which are added, some papers written by Dr. Johnson, in behalf of a late unfortunate character, never before published.
London: printed for G. Kearsley, 1785.
iv, 32, 33*--44*, 33--144 p., engr. frontis. port. ; 20.8 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By William Cook. The 'unfortunate character' is William Dodd, compiler of the Beauties of Shakespeare first published in 1752 and now best known for Dr. Johnson's unavailing championship of his cause when he was convicted of forgery and sentenced to death in 1777. The plate is a medallion portrait of Johnson by T. Trotter. Pages 33*--44* are signed f4 g2. Pages 141--4 contain 'A Catalogue Of Dr. Johnson's Works'. ESTC t40964.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with a copy of G. Gregory's Life of Thomas Chatterton, 1789 (q.v.).

Binding C18th half calf, marbled printer's waste paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label reading 'Life of Johnson & Chatterton'. Bound by Edward Lawrence for 1s. 6d., 1802. (Spiers Box. Book binding).

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