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[Title-page to the Third Edition.]
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES
AND NUMEROUS WORKS,
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER;
A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS;
VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION,
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND
BY JAMES BOSWELL, Esq.
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THE THIRD EDITION, REVISED AND AUGMENTED,
PRINTED BY H. BALDWIN & SON,
FOR CHARLES DILLY, IN THE POULTRY.
THE text adopted for the present publication is that of the third edition, issued under the superintendence of Edmond Malone in 1799.
The notes at the foot of the page are Boswell's own, with the exception of those added by Malone, which are marked [M.].
Boswell's spelling and punctuation have been retained, in accordance with his own ideas as expressed in the preface to An Account of Corsica. 'If this work,' he writes, 'should at any future period be reprinted, I hope that care will be taken of my orthography.' Typographical errors, however, have been corrected, and the spelling of proper names in the Index has been made to conform to received usage.