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THE

LIVES

OF THE MOST EMINENT

ENGLISH POETS:

WITII

CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

ON THEIR

W O R K S.'

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

A NEW EDITION, CORRECTED.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; W. NICOL AND SON; J. NUNN; C. DAVIS ;

T. EGERTON; J. CUTHELL; SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN; LONGMAN, HURST,
REES, ORME, AND BROWN ; CADELL AND DAVIES ; W. AND T. CLARKE; LACK-
INGTON AND CO.; J, BOOKER; W. CARPENTER; E. JEFFERY ; J. AND A. ARCH;
BLACK AND CO.; J. BOOTH ; J. RICHARDSON; J. M. RICHARDSON ; J. MURRAY;
J, HARDING; HATCHARD AND SON ; R. H. EVANS; J. MAWMAN; R. SCHOLEY;
BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY; J. ASPERNE; SHERWOOD, NEELY, AND JONES;
RODWELL AND MARTIN; R. SAUNDERS; E. EDWARDS; SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL;
W. MASON; W. MACKIE; J. DEIGHTON AND SONS, CAMBRIDGE; WILSON AND
SON, YORK; AND FAIRBAIRN AND ANDERSON, AND STIRLING AND SLADE,
EDINBURGH,

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ORIGINAL ADVERTISEMENT

TO

THE FIRST EDITION,

1779–1780.

THE Booksellers having determined to publish a body of English Poetry, I was persuaded to promise them a Preface to the Works of each Author ; an undertaking, as it was then presented to my mind, not very extensive or difficult.

My purpose was only to have allotted to every Poet an Advertisement, like those which we find in the French Miscellanies, containing a few dates and a general character; but I have been led beyond my intention, I hope, by the honest desire of giving useful pleasure.

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