Books: Boswell in Full

JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES —James Boswell—Viking ($5).

When he died in 1795, James Boswell left a reference in his will to his private papers stored in an ebony chest at the family seat of Auchinleck Castle, Scotland. For generations his descendants rebuffed enquiring scholars and collectors, claimed that the ebony chest had been destroyed. In 1927 Boswell's great-great-grandson, Lord Talbot de Malahide, permitted Colonel Ralph Heyward Isham, famed collector of items on Samuel Johnson, to examine the material, eventually sold it to him. An edition of Boswell's private papers,...

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