1822 Rare Book - THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA, A TALE by Samuel Johnson. Illustrated.
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Author: Samuel Johnson.
Title: THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA, A TALE.
Illustrator: Richard Westall R.A.
Publisher: London, John Sharpe, 1822.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 6.5" X 4".
Pages: viii-184 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good full navy morocco leather binding (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed and worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown, gift note of a previous 1833 owner on the second blank page - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with three engravings plus illustrated title page, based on the designs of the esteemed Richard Westall R.A.
Estimate: (USD 200 - USD 300)
The book: An attractive copy of THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA, a tale written by the renowned Samuel Johnson LL D, published by John Sharpe in London, 1822.
It follows Rasselas, a prince who seeks the true meaning of happiness. Rasselas embarks on a journey with his companions, encountering various lifestyles and philosophies. They find that no single path guarantees ultimate satisfaction. Returning to Abyssinia, Rasselas becomes king but remains haunted by the search for true happiness. The novel explores themes of human existence, the pursuit of happiness, and the limitations of earthly pleasures. It is a classic work that reflects on the universal quest for meaning in a concise and thought-provoking manner.
The author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer.
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