Boswellian Studies: A Bibliography

Boswellian Studies: A Bibliography

Boswellian Studies: A Bibliography

Boswellian Studies: A Bibliography

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Following the compiling of the first edition of this work published in Cairo Studies in English, ed.Magdi Wahba (1963-6), pp. 1-75, of which 100 offprints were sent to me for distribution, I pursued my searches and published, in 1972, a second edition, corrected and enhanced (see Item 1496). A grant from the American Philosophical Society for Summer, 1971, allowed me the time and the funds to read in the Sterling Memorial and the Beinecke Rare Books libraries at Yale University. Fortunately, the Shoestring Press, publishers of the second edition, is located in Hamden, Connecticut, a few minutes drive from New Haven. Thus, I was enabled to place the new materials I had located at Yale into the second edition and to be in direct contact with the publishers.

In 1972-3, a Senior Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies again brought time and funds sufficient for me to travel to England to read the newspapers and magazines of the eighteenth century. The Burney Collection of newspapers was then available for reading in the original printings; now, due to the aging of those materials, one must obtain them only on microfilm, available to libraries and individuals alike. However, scanning the columns and turning the pages of materials printed more than 200 years ago was an unforgettable experience, for (I must admit), in turning through those pages and looking for my target, Boswell, I would come across fascinating, totally unrelated items, some of which I recorded in separate sections of my notebooks: British views of the American Revolution and of the French Revolution, accounts of the early balloon flights by Montpelier and Lunardi; details of the Warren Hastings trial and of the incidences of illness suffered by King George III. The goings-on of the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) were of interest as well.

Since that time, I have attempted to keep up with modern publications of Boswell's own work and the attendant criticisms and observations. Having the Burney Collection available to me at Western Carolina University has been a definite advantage in increasing and correcting the items contained in this edition. Even if only available on microfilm, which I cannot read for extended periods of time, they have been invaluable to my work.

Also, I have travelled to the Huntington Library collections (summer, 1978); the Howard-Tilton Library at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (winter, 1980); the National Library of Scotland (spring, 1985) . . .

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