Trade edition: Journal

Boswell in Holland 1763-64

Long title: 

Boswell in Holland 1763-64, including his correspondence with Belle de Zuylen (Zélide)

Year of 1st publication: 

1952

Book description: 

Boswell in Holland 1763-1764This volume picks up where Boswell's London Journal left off, or actuallly a few days before, on August 1, 1763, shortly before Boswell's departure for Holland. It ends with his leaving Utrecht on June 18, 1764, to embark on his tour of the German courts in the company of George Keith, Earl Marischal, and Emet-Ulla de Froment.

Although the direct successor to the London Journal, Boswell in Holland is markedly different, as most of his journal from that period was lost already in his own time, as can be read in some of his later journal entries and letters (1766-67). For that reason, most of the Yale edition of Boswell in Holland consists of Boswell's daily memos written by himself to himself, recounting bits of the day before and planning the day to come. In addition to these, some of Boswell's French and Dutch themes are included. Boswell wrote them to improve his language skills, but as most of them recounts actual events and thoughts, some of them are quite nice substitutions for actual journal entries. To complete the volume, a large part of his correspondence from this period is printed, as well as some of his later correspondence with a few of the people whom he met while staying in Utrecht.

Editions: 

As was the case with Boswell's London Journal, Boswell in Holland was originally published by William Heinemann Ltd. in two editions: An ordinary version and a deluxe version published only in 1,050 numbered copies. However, where the deluxe London Journal includes a large journal fragment not printed anywhere else, the only addition to the deluxe version of Boswell in Holland (apart from the binding and generally better quality) is a number of pictures not printed in the standard edition. Thus, it looks better on the bookshelf, but doesn't really add anything to the story.

Availability: 

The standard edition was published in large numbers, probably due to the success of the London Journal. It was even translated into more languages than any other of his journals, save of course its predecessor. It can be had cheaply via the AbeBooks.com used books search engine. The deluxe version is naturally more scarce, but is still often available with prices ranging from £40 to £160.

Literature: 

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763

Long title: 

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763

Author: 

Year of 1st publication: 

1950

Book description: 

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763Boswell's London Journal was the first part of Boswell's journals that was made available to a larger audience, except for edited excerpts that Boswell himself published as parts of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

It covers the time from November 15, 1762 to August 4, 1763, beginning with Boswell's departure from Edinburgh, and ending with his last day in London before leaving for the continent, not to return until 1766.

We follow Boswell's attempt to secure a commission in the guards, his affair with Covent Garden actress Louisa Lewis, his (declining) relationship with actor and elocutionist Thomas and playwright Frances Sheridan, his reunion with old chum William Johnson Temple and the beginning of his friendship with Samuel Johnson. We also hear of the gay life in London with his fellow scots Andrew Erskine, George Dempster and the 10th Earl of Eglinton, as well as his occasional depressions and a visit from Signor Gonorrhea.

The book is amusing and educating, and a great glimpse of life in society circles in 18th century London.

Editions: 

Boswell's London Journal was originally published by William Heinemann Ltd. in 1950. In addition to the standard hardback edition, a deluxe edition was printed in a stronger cover, better print and coming with a bookcase. A special deluxe version printed in just 1,050 numered copies was also published, to which was prefixed Boswell's Journal of my Jaunt, Harvest 1762. This journal begins on September 14, 1762 and ends with November 14, 1762, covering his tour of southern Scotland to visit friends and family. This first journal is not available anywhere else.

The 1950 edition has been re-issued several times, but did not undergo any significant revisions until the 2010 Penguin Classics edition edited by Dr. Gordon Turnbull. The notes to the 2010 edition are thoroughly updated based on the 60 years of research that has been done since 1950. It also includes Boswell's almost daily "memos", which was basically his "notes to self" on what to do and how to compose himself during the day to come. As such, the 2010 edition is to be considered the present authoritative version of the London Journal. 

Translations

The London Journal was translated into several different languages very early on, including in Danish as "Boswell's London Dagbog" (1951), in French as "Les papiers de Boswell: Amours à Londres 1762 - 1763" (1952) and in German as "Londoner Tagebuch 1762-1763" (1953).

Availability: 

The London Journal itself has been reprinted (and republished) several times, and is very easy to find. A paperback edition with forewords by Peter Ackroyd was published by Yale in 2004. The numbered deluxe edition (with the Journal of my Jaunt) has, of course, not been republished, but is still fairly easy to come by. Several copies are usually available from online used books search engines, with prices ranging from £40 to £160. Search for Journal of my Jaunt to exclude all the ordinary copies of the London Journal. Also, be aware that only the *numbered* deluxe edition contains the Journal of the Jaunt, whereas the un-numbered deluxe edition is really just a finer version of the standard edition.

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