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Going once! Going twice! Sold!

The sale of Johnson’s library packed the auction house of James Christie in February 1785, three months after his death. This copy of the catalog belonged to Johnson’s friend, the noted translator of Italian literature, John Hoole. We know from the annotations in the Isham copy of the catalog (now at Yale) that Hoole bought several lots at the sale, including Johnson’s copy of Giuseppe Baretti’s Italian-English dictionary.

Johnson sale catalog

Published in:John Overholt |on October 22nd, 2006 |Comments Off on Going once! Going twice! Sold!