A bibliography of Johnsons writings by Courtney, W. P., is in preparation, and will be shortly published.
(In chronological order)
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Together with his Life, and Notes on his Lives of the Poets. By Hawkins, Sir John. II vols. 1787. Vols. XII and XIII (Debates [ed. Chalmers, George], printed for John Stockdale; see sec. B, post). 1787. Vol. XIV (Miscellaneous Pieces, printed for Stockdale.) 1788. Vol. XV (Miscellaneous Pieces, ed. Gleig, George). 1789.
A new edition in twelve volumes. With an Essay on his Life and Genius. By Murphy, Arthur. 1792, 1796, 1801, etc.
[edited by Chalmers, A.] 12 vols. 1806, etc.
Works, 9 vols.; Debates, 2 vols. (Oxford English Classics.) Oxford, 1825.
ed. Lynam, R. 6 vols. 1825.
2 vols. 1850.
16 vols. New York, 1903.
Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces. 3 vols. Ed. Davies, T. Vols. I and II n. d. [1774; ascribed by Boswell to 1773]. Vol. III. 1774.
The first volume consists wholly of pieces by Johnson. In the second by far the greater number are his. A few others are in the third.
The Poetical Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Now first collected in one volume [ed. Kearsley, George]. 1785. New edn., considerably enlarged. 1789.
Complete in one volume. A new edition. London and Gainsbrough. 1785.
with life by Blagdon, F. W. 1808.
ed. Gilfillan, G. Edinburgh, 1855.
ed. Ward, T. Methuen. [1905.]
ed. Smith, D. Nichol. Oxford. (In preparation.)
Also in The Works of the English Poets, vol. LXXII, 1790; Andersons Poets of Great Britain, vol. XI, Edinburgh, 1793; Parks Works of the British Poets, vol. XXXVII, 1805, and Suppl., vol. VI, 1809; Chalmerss Works of the English Poets, vol. XVI, 1810.
The Beauties of Johnson: Consisting of Maxims and Observations, Moral, Critical, and Miscellaneous, accurately extracted from the Works of Dr. Samuel Johnson, and arranged in alphabetical order, etc. 2 vols. 1782. 7th edn., with biographical anecdotes. One vol. 1787. 8th edn. (with biographical augmentations from Boswell). 1792.
Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson. Selected and arranged by Hill, G. B. Oxford, 1888.
B. Separate Works
(In chronological order)
A Voyage to Abyssinia. By Father Jerome Lobo, A Portuguese Jesuit
. With a Continuation of the History of Abyssinia down to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century, and Fifteen Dissertations
. By Mr. Legrand. From the French. 1735.
To which are added, various other Tracts by the same Author, etc. 1789.
Also in A General Collection of Voyages and Travels, by Pinkerton, J., vol. XV, 1814; Cassells National Library, ed. Morley, H., 1887.
[The History of the Council of Trent, translated from the Italian of Father Paul Sarpi; with the authors life, and notes etc. from the French.Proposals issued October, 1738. Some sheets were printed off, but the design was dropt. See Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. I, p. 135.]
London: A Poem, In Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal. R. Dodsley. 1738. 4th edn. 1739. Also in Dodsleys Collection of Poems, 1748, and later issues; Two Satires. By Samuel Johnson, A.M., Oxford, 1759; Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces, vol. II, 1774.
A Compleat Vindication of the Licensers of the Stage, from the Malicious and Scandalous Aspersions of Mr. Brooke, Author of Gustavus Vasa. With A Proposal for making the Office of Licenser more Extensive and Effectual. By an Impartial Hand. 1739.
Marmor Noftolciense: or an Essay on an Ancient Prophetical Inscription, In Monkish Rhyme, Lately Discover'd near Lynn in Norfolk. By Probus Britanicus. 1739. New edn., with notes and a dedication to Samuel Johnson, LL. D. By Tribunus. 1775. Reprint of edn. of 1739, n. d. [1819 or 1820].
An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers. 1744. 4th edn. 1769.
Histoires de Richard Savage et de J. Thompson (i. e. James Thomson]. Traduites de l'Anglois par M. Le Tourneur. Paris, 1771.
The Works of Richard Savage, Esq
. with an Account of
the Author, by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Vol. I. 1775. Another edn. 1777. Rptd. in Works of the English Poets, 1781.
An Account of the Life of John Philip Barretier, who was Master of five Languages at the Age of nine Years. 1744. Rptd. from The Gentlemans Magazine.
Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth: With Remarks on Sir T. H[anmer]s Edition of Shakespear. To which is affix'd, Proposals for a New Edition of Shakespear, with a Specimen. 1745.
[The footnote given ante, p. 188, requires modification. A copy containing the Proposals is in the library of Worcester college, Oxford. The sheet is folded into four, and inserted among advertisements at the conclusion. The bottom half gives two specimen pages, in the small type selected for the edition.]
The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language; Addressed to the Right Honourable Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield; One of his Majestys Principal Secretaries of State. 1747.
Prologue and Epilogue, spoken at the opening of the Theatre in Drury-Lane, 1747.
[The Epilogue was by Garrick.]
The Vanity of Human Wishes. The Tenth Satire of Juvenal, Imitated By Samuel Johnson. 1749. Also in Two Satires, Oxford, 1759; in Dodsleys Collection, and in Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces, vol. II, 1774.
Irene: a Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. Dodsley. 1749. Other edns.: (Dublin) 1749, 1754, 1781.
The Rambler. Numb. I. Price 2d. To be continued on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Tuesday, 20 March, 1749/50.-No. 208. Saturday, 17 [error for 14] March, 1752. [Each number six pages folio.] Collected in 2 (or 4) vols. and issued with the title-page: The Rambler. Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri, Quo me cunque rapit tempestas deferor hospes. Hor. 1751 (some copies 1752, others 1753). Vol. I (-VIII) [superintended by Elphinstone, James]. Edinburgh, 17502. 6 vols. [revised by Johnson]. 1752. 11th edn. 1790. Also in Harrisons British Classicks, vol. I, 1796; The British Essayists, ed. Chalmers, A., vols. XIXXXII, 1802; and other collections.
See Nathan Drakes Essays Illustrative of the Rambler, vol. I, p. 204.
Thornton, Bonnell. A Rambler. Number 99999. In the Drury-Lane Journal, No. III, pp. 6771, 30 January, 1752.
A new Prologue spoken by Mr. Garrick, Thursday, 5 April, 1750. At the Representation of Comus, for the benefit of Mrs. Elizabeth Foster, Miltons granddaughter, and only surviving descendant. 1750.
A Dictionary of the English Language: in which The Words are deduced from their Originals, and Illustrated in their different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To which are prefixed, A History of the Language, and An English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson, A.M. 2 vols. 1755. 4th
edn. (last revised by Johnson), 1773. With numerous corrections and additions
by Todd, H. J. 4 vols. 1818. Re-edited by Latham, R. G. 2 vols. 186670. And many other edns.
A Dictionary of the English Language
abstracted from the Folio Edition. 2 vols. 1756. 5th edn. 1773.
The Prince of Abissinia. A Tale. In Two Volumes. Dodsley. 1759. 6th edn. 1783. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. A Tale. 1787. Ed. Hill, G. B. Oxford, 1887.
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia. By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Being a Facsimile Reproduction of the First Edition published in 1759. In two volumes. With an introduction by Macaulay, James; and a bibliographical list of editions of Rasselas. 1884.
Rasselas was translated into French (by Baretti, and by others), Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Modern Greek and Bengali.
Dinarbas: a Tale: being a continuation of Rasselas. [By Cornelia Knight.] 1790.
The Review of A Free Enquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil. [By Soame Jenyns.] 1759.
The Idler. 2 vols. Newbery. 1761. Published originally in The Universal Chronicle or Weekly Gazette (v. infra) from 15 April, 1758, to 5 April, 1760104 numbers. [In the collected edition Johnson omitted No. 22 and disclaimed in a prefatory note the authorship of Nos. 9, 15, 33, 42, 54, 67, 76, 79, 82, 93, 96, 98.] 3rd edn.; with Additional Essays. 2 vols. 1767. (The additional essays are An Essay on Epitaphs, rptd. from The Gentlemans Magazine; A Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope, from the Universal Visiter; and The Bravery of the English Common Soldiers.) In Harrisons British Classicks, vol. VIII, 1796; The British Essayists, vols. XXXIIIXXXIV, 1802; and other collections.
Three Letters to The Idler. [1761.]
[Reynoldss three papers, Nos. 76, 79 and 82. This little volume of 20 pages is printed in the type of the edition of 1761 and, as is stated in a note in Malones writing, was specially taken off for Johnson for private presentation to Reynolds.]
The Plays of William Shakespeare, 8 vols., with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To which are added Notes by Sam. Johnson. Tonson, etc. 1765. Reissued, 1768. 10 vols., with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To which are added Notes by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. With an Appendix. 1773. 2nd edn., revised and augmented, 1778; with Supplement, ed. Malone, E., 2 vols., 1780; 3rd edn., revised and augmented by the Editor of Dodsleys Collection of Old Plays, 1785; 4th edn. 1793.
[Johnsons edition is the basis of the Variorum editions.]
See, also, bibliography to Vol. V, p. 474, ante.
Mr. Johnsons Preface To his Edition of Shakespears Plays. Tonson, etc. 1765.
[The preface to the edition issued separately, with a special title-page.]
Variorum editions of Shakespeare. (See bibliography to Vol. V, pp. 473475, ante.)
Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare. Ed. Smith, D. Nichol. 1903.
Johnson on Shakespeare. Essays and Notes with an introduction by Walter Raleigh. 1908.
The False Alarm. 1770. 2nd edn. 1770.
Thoughts on the Late Transactions respecting Falklands Islands. 1771. 2nd edn. 1771.
[Two issues of the 1st edn., with different readings on p. 68: see Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. II, p. 135.]
The Patriot. Addressed to the Electors of Great Britain. 1774.
Taxation no Tyranny; An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress. 1775. 4th edn. 1775.
Political Tracts. Containing: The False Alarm. Falklands Islands. The Patriot; and, Taxation no Tyranny. 1776.
[All Johnsons political pamphlets were anonymous.]
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. 1775. Many other edns.: 1785, 1791, etc. French transl. in Nouveau Recueil de Voyages au nord de l'Europe, etc. Geneva, 1785.
The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical. By Samuel Johnson. 68 vols. 177981. Enlarged edn. 75 vols. 1790. Ed. Chalmers, A. 21 vols. 1810
Johnsons Prefaces are in 10 vols. 1779 (IIV)1781 (VX). [Each Preface is paged separately.] Revised and reissued, in different order, as
The Lives of the most eminent English Poets; with Critical Observations on their Works. By Samuel Johnson. 4 vols. 1781. New edn., corrected, 1783; with notes, by Cunningham, Peter, 3 vols., 1854; with notes, by Napier, Mrs. A., and an introduction by Hales, J. W., 3 vols., 1890; with an introduction by Millar, John Hepburn, 3 vols., 1896; with notes and introduction by Waugh, A., 6 vols., 1896; edd. Hill, George Birkbeck, and Scott, H. S., 3 vols., 1905.
The Six Chief Lives, with Macaulays Life of Johnson. Ed., with a preface, by Arnold, Matthew. 1878.
Life of Milton. Ed. Firth, C. H. 1888.
And many other annotated editions of separate lives.
The Principal Additions and Corrections in the third edition of Dr. Johnsons Lives of the Poets; collected to complete the second edition. 1783.
Prayers and Meditations, composed by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. and published from his manuscripts, by Strahan, George. 1785. 5th edn. 1817; new edn., with notes and an introduction by Higgins, Hinchcliffe, and a preface by Birrell, Augustine, n. d. .
Johnsonian Miscellanies. Ed. Hill, G. B. 2 vols. Oxford, 1897. [Vol. 1.]
[Original manuscripts in the library of Pembroke college, Oxford.]
Memoirs of Charles Frederick, King of Prussia
with notes and a continuation by Mr. Harrison
. 1786. First printed in The Literary Magazine; then in Daviess Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces, 1774.
Debates in Parliament. [19 Nov., 1740, to 24 Feb., 1743.] By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. 2 vols. 1787. Rptd. from The Gentlemans Magazine. [Ed. by Chalmers, George: see Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. I, p. 152; commonly said to be edited by Stockdale, who was the publisher, and is sometimes confused with Percival Stockdale: see Boswell, ed. Hill, vol. I, pp. 191, 335, and vol. VI, p. 253.] Also 1811, 1825.
A Sermon [on St. John xi, 25, 26] written by the late Samuel Johnson for the funeral of his wife. Published by Hayes, Samuel. 1788.
Sermons on Different Subjects, left for publication by John Taylor, LL.D. Published by Hayes, Samuel. 2 vols. 17889. [The second volume has on the title: To which is added a Sermon written by Samuel Johnson, LL.D., for the Funeral of his Wife. See Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. III, p. 181.]
The Celebrated Letter from Samuel Johnson, LL.D. to Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield; Now first published, With Notes. By James Boswell, Esq. 1790.
A Conversation between His Most Sacred Majesty George III and Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Illustrated with Observations. By James Boswell, Esq. 1790.
An Account of the Life of Dr. Samuel Johnson, from his birth to his eleventh year, written by himself. To which are added, Original Letters to Dr. Samuel Johnson, by Miss Hill Boothby: From the MSS. preserved by the Doctor; and now in Possession of Richard Wright [the editor]. 1805.
By the Right Hon. William Gerard Hamilton. With an appendix, containing Considerations on the Corn Laws, by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. never before printed. [Ed. Malone, E.] 1808.
A Diary of a Journey into North Wales, in the year 1774; by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Ed., with illustrative notes, by Duppa, R. 1816.
Letters to and from the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. To which are added some Poems never before printed. Published from the Original Manuscripts in her possession, by Piozzi, Hester Lynch. 2 vols. 1788.
Original Letters, from
Dr. Samuel Johnson,
edited by Warner, Rebecca. Bath and London, 1817.
Original Letters of Dr. Samuel Johnson [thirteen in number], communicated by Simeon, Sir John, in Miscellanies of the Philobiblon Society, vol. VI. 18601.
Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Collected and edited by Hill, G. B. 2 vols. Oxford, 1892.
Additional Letters. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, ed. Hill, G. B. 1897. [Vol. II.]
Wrongly attributed to Johnson
[There were other writers of the name S. Johnson publishing at the same timethe author of Hurlothrumbo; the president of Kings College, New York; and the author of An Essay on Education, a Poem, 1771, An Essay on Woman, a, Poem, 1772, Sensibility, a Poem, 1773, and The Temple of Fashion, a Poem, 1781.]
A Compleat Introduction to the Art of Writing Letters, Universally adapted To all Classes and Conditions of Life
. To which is prefixed, A Short but Useful Grammar of the English Language, etc. By S. Johnson. 1758. [Some of the sentences in the Grammar are taken from the prefatory matter to the Dictionary.]
A History and Defence of Magna Charta
. With an introductory discourse, containing a short account of the rise and progress of national freedom. 1769. [By Samuel Johnson, rector of Corringham.]
The Right of the British Legislature to tax the American Colonies vindicated; and the means of asserting that right proposed. 1774. [Attributed to Johnson in British Museum catalogue.]
Hypocrisy Unmasked; or, a short inquiry into the religious complaints of our American Colonies. To which is added, a Word on the Laws against Popery in Great Britain and Ireland. 1776. [Attributed to Johnson in British Museum catalogue.]
The Sixteenth Ode of the Third Book of Horace imitated. With a dedication to the Right Honourable the Lord N[ort]h. 1777. [Dedication signed S
. 1 J
The Patriot, A Tragedy. From a Manuscript of the Late Dr. Samuel Johnson, Corrected by Himself. 1785.
[By Joseph Simpson: see Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. III, p. 28.]
C. Contributions to Periodicals
The Gentlemans Magazine.
Most of the contributions marked as doubtful are ascribed to Johnson by Boswell
Latin verses Ad Urbanum. (March, 1738.)
Latin verses Ad Richardum Savage. (April.)
Greek and Latin verses to Eliza (Elizabeth Carter). (April.)
Latin verses to a Lady who spoke in defence of liberty. (April.)
(?) Introduction to Debates in The Senate of Magna Lilliputia. (June.)
(?) English translation of verses to Eliza signed Urbanus. (August.)
To Lady F[irebra]ce at Bury Assizes. (September.)
The Life of Father Paul Sarpi. (November.)
Greek verses to Birch. (December.)
To the Reader prefixed to the collected numbers for 1738.
Introductory letter to Mr. Urban. (January, 1739.)
The Life of Boerhaave. (Jan., Feb., March, April.)
An Appeal to the Publick. (March.)
To the Reader. (May.)
The Life of Admiral Blake. (June, 1740.)
The Life of Sir Francis Drake (Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec., Jan., 1741.)
Epitaph upon Claudy Philips, Musician. (Sept.)
An Essay on Epitaphs. (Dec.)
Some Account of the Life of Barretier. (Dec., and Feb., 1741.)
Preface to collected numbers for 1740.
(?) A Debate upon the Petition of Parliament to Cromwell to assume the Title of King. (February, March, 1741.)
Translation of the Abbé de Guyons Dissertation on the Amazons. (April.)
Translation of Fontenelles Panegyric on Dr. Morin, with two notes. (July.)
(?) Translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with introductory note. (September.)
Debates on The Senate of Lilliput. (JulyDecember, and Supplement.)
Preface to collected numbers for 1741.
Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess of Marlborough. (March, April, May, June, 1742.)
An Account of the Life of Peter Burman. (April.)
(?) Additional Account of the Life of Barretier. (May.)
(?) Essay on the Description of China by Père du Halde. (June.)
(The continuation in July, is clearly not by Johnson.)
The Life of Dr. Sydenham. (December.)
Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harleiana, with an account of the Harleian Library. (December.)
(?) Abridgment of Foreign History. (December.)
Debates in The Senate of Lilliput. (JanuaryDecember, and Supplement.)
Preface to collected numbers for 1742.
Considerations on Crousaz and Warburton. (March, November, 1743.)
Friendship; an Ode. (July.)
The Young Author. (July.)
Ad Lauram parituram Epigramma. (July.)
Letter on the forthcoming Life of Savage. (August.)
Latin translation of Popes verses on his grotto. (October.)
(?) Advertisement of Bibliotheca Harleiana. (October.)
Proposals for the Harleian Miscellany. (Supplement, end.)
Debates in The Senate of Lilliput. (JanuaryDecember, and Supplement.)
Preface to collected numbers for 1743.
Debates in the Senate of Lilliput. (Jan.March, 1744.)
(?) Preface to collected numbers for 1744.
(?) Latin epitaph on Sir Thomas Hanmer, and translation. (May, 1747.)
(?) To Misson her giving the Author a Gold and Silver Net-Work Purse. (May.)
(?) Stella in mourning. (May.)
(?) The Winters Walk. (May.)
(?) An Ode, beginning Stern winter now, by spring repressd. (May.)
(?) To Lyce, an elderly Lady. (May.)
[The preceding six pieces, each signed ***, have been included among Johnsons poetical works since 1785. Boswell says it is supposed they were by Johnson; Malone suggests Hawkesworth. Some are certainly not by Johnson, and there is no proof of his authorship of any. The Winters Walk is said to be by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in the Scots Magazine for December, 1767. Other pieces from the Magazine about this time are included among his collected poems, but without reason. Twelve pieces, including four of the above, had been definitely ascribed to S J, LL.D. in Pearchs Collection of Poems, vol. III, 1770.]
Prologue spoken at the opening of Drury Lane Theatre. (October, 1747.)
Life of Roscommon. (May, 1748.)
(?) Foreign History. (November.)
Prologue at the representation of Comus. (April, 1750.)
Life of Edward Cave. (February, 1754.)
Review of Tytlers Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots. (October, 1760.)
Account of the detection of the Imposture in Cock-Lane. (February, 1762.)
Prologue to the Good-Natur'd Man. (February, 1768.)
Prologue to the Word to the Wise. (June, 1777.)
On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet. (August, 1783.)
Letter, with memorandum on the authors of the Ancient Universal History, dated 6 December, 1784 (the last scrap he ever dictated for the press). (December, 1784.)
Speech on the subject of an address to the Throne after the expedition to Rochfort in September, 1757, dictated to a friend who delivered it at a certain respectable talking society. (October, 1785.)
Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapps Sermons abridged by Mr. Cave (written 1739). (July, 1787.)
The General Advertiser.
Letter announcing the representation of Comus for the benefit of Miltons granddaughter. (4 April, 1750.)
The Student, or, The Oxford and Cambridge Monthly Miscellany. Vol. II. 1751.
The Life of Dr. Francis Cheynel (Nos. VIIIX,? AprilJune, 1751). [Signed S. JN.]
Nos. 34, 39, 41, 45, 50, 53, 58, 62, 67, 69, 74, 81, 85, 92, 95, 99, 102, 107, 108, 111, 115, 119, 120, 126, 128, 131, 137, 138. (From 3 March, 1753, to 2 March, 1754.)
[Signed T. Johnsons sole authorship of Nos. 34, 41, 53, 62which are letters signed Misagryus or Misargyrusis doubtful: see Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. I, p. 254. According to Hawkins, Johnson did not himself write No. 81 (on Admirable Crichton), but dictated it to Hawkesworth: see Life, 1787, pp. 294, 309.]
The Universal Visiter, and Memorialist. For the Year 1756.
Further thoughts on Agriculture. (March.)
Latin verses beginning: Nequicquam Danaen includit ahenea turris. (March.)
Reflections on the present State of Literature. (April.)
A Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope. (May.)
[All signed **(i. e. S. J.); other contributions signed ** are clearly not his.]
The Literary Magazine: or, Universal Review.
Preliminary Address. (May, 1756.)
An Introduction to the Political State of Great Britain. (May.)
Observations added to An authentic Account of the present State of Lisbon. (May.)
Observations on the Militia Bill. (June.)
Observations on his Britannick Majestys Treaties with her Imperial Majesty of all the Russias and the Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel. (July.)
Observations on the present State of Affairs. (August.)
Memoirs of the King of Prussia. (November, December, January, 1757.) Reviews:
Birchs History of the Royal Society. (May, 1756.)
Murphys Grays Inn Journal. (May.)
Wartons Essay on the Writings and Genius of Pope. (May.)
Hamptons Polybius. (May.)
Blackwells Memoirs of the Court of Augustus. (May.)
Russells Natural History of Aleppo. (June.)
Newtons Letters to Bentley containing arguments in proof of a Deity. (June.)
Borlases Observations on the Islands of Scilly. (June.)
Homes Experiments on Bleaching. (July.)
Brownes Christian Morals. (July.)
Hales on distilling sea-water, the great benefit of ventilators, and curing an ill-taste in milk. (July.)
Lucass Essay on Waters. (August, September.)
Keiths Catalogue of the Bishops of Scotland. (August.)
Brownes History of Jamaica. (August.)
Parkins Account of the Invasion under William Duke of Normandy. (August.)
Philosophical Transactions, vol. XLIX. (August.)
Mrs. Lennoxs translation of Sullys Memoirs. (October.)
Miscellanies by Elizabeth Harrison. (October.)
Evanss Map and Account of the Middle Colonies in America. (October.)
Letter on the case of Admiral Byng. (October.)
Appeal to the people concerning Admiral Byng. (October.)
Hanways Eight Days Journey
to which is added an essay on Tea. (November, May, 1757.)
The Cadet. A military treatise. (November.)
Further Particulars relating to the case of Admiral Byng. (November.)
The Conduct of the ministry impartially examined. (November.)
A Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil. (May, 1757, June, July.)
A Reply to a Paper in the Gazetteer of May 26, 1757 [by Hanway]. (June, 1757.)
The London Chronicle.
Introduction. (1 January, 1757.)
Character of the Rev. Mr. Zachariah Mudge. (2 May, 1769.)
The Universal Chronicle, or Weekly Gazette.
The Idler, from 15 April, 1758, to 5 April, 1760.
Advertisement against reprinting the Idler without leave. (5 January, 1759.)
Three letters on the plans for Black-Friars bridge. (1, 8, 15 December, 1759.)
The Critical Review.
Review of Grahams Telemachus, a Mask. (April, 1763.)
Review of Graingers Sugar-Cane. (October, 1764.)
Review of Goldsmiths Traveller. (December.)
The London Magazine.
Elegy on the Death of Mr. Levet. (September, 1783.)
[Incorrect copies of this effusion of the most friendly regard have been distributed; that which you will now receive, is genuine, p. 229.]
The Morning Chronicle.
Communication showing that a passage in The Rambler, No. 85, did not favour suicide. (May 29, 1782.)
(See Gentlemans Magazine, February, 1786, pp. 935.)
D. Contributions to Books: Assistance to other Writers
A Miscellany of Poems By several Hands. Publish'd by J. Husbands, A.M., Fellow of Pembroke-College, Oxon. Oxford, 1731.
Messia (pp. 111117).
[The Translation of Mr. Popes Messiah was deliver'd to his Tutor as a College Exercise, by Mr. Johnson, a Commoner of Pembroke-College in Oxford, and 'tis hoped will be no Discredit to the excellent Original. Preface.]
The Works of Dr. Thomas Sydenham, newly made English from the original Latin. By John Swan, M.D. 1742.
The prefactory Life of Sydenham, printed also in The Gentlemans Magazine.
A Medicinal Dictionary. By Robert James, M.D. 3 vols. 17435.
Dedication to Dr. Mead.
[I helped in writing the proposals for his Dictionary, and also a little in the Dictionary itself. See Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. III, p. 22.]
Catalogus Bibliothecæ Harleianæ. 17434.
An Account of the Harleian Library, vol. I, already printed in Proposals for Printing Bibliotheca Harleiana.
Preface to vol. III.
Proposals for printing the Harleian Miscellany, prefixed to vol. III.
The Harleian Miscellany. Vol. I. 1744.
Introduction, afterwards entitled An Essay on the Origin and Importance of small Tracts and Fugitive Pieces.
Boulters Monument. A Panegyrical Poem, sacred to the Memory of that great and excellent Prelate and Patriot, Dr. Hugh Boulter, late Lord-Archbishop of Ardmagh. [By Madden, Samuel.] Dublin, 1745.
Castigated by Johnson at the authors request: see Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. I, p. 318.
The Preceptor: containing A General Course of Education. Dodsley. 1748. Vol. I. Preface.
Vol. II. The Vision of Theodore, the Hermit of Teneriffe. The Picture of Human Life: from the Greek of Cebes (see Monthly Review, March, 1790, p. 282).
An Essay on Miltons Use and Imitation of the Moderns, in his Paradise Lost. [By Lauder, William.] 1750.
Preface and Postscript.
A Letter to the Reverend Mr. Douglas, occasioned by his Vindication of Milton. By William Lauder. 1751.
Beginning dictated by Johnson.
The Female Quixote: or, the Adventures of Arabella. By Charlotte Lennox 1752.
Dedication to the Earl of Middlesex.
Shakespear Illustrated. By the Author of the Female Quixote. 1753.
Dedication to the Earl of Orrery.
Familiar Letters and Poems on several occasions. By Mary Masters. 1755.
[Mrs. Masters, the poetess, whose volumes he revised, and, it is said, illuminated here and there with a ray of his own genius. Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. IV, p. 246.]
An Account of an Attempt to ascertain the Longitude at Sea, by an Exact Theory of the Variation of the Magnetical Needle
. By Zachariah Williams 1755.
[Written for Williams by Johnson; with an Italian translation, printed on the right-hand pages, by Baretti. In the Bodleian copy, which was presented by Johnson, there are three notes in Johnsons handwriting, and an unidentified newspaper cutting about Williams, evidently written by Johnson.]
Christian Morals: by Sir Thomas Browne, of Norwich, M.D. With a Life of the Author, by Samuel Johnson; and explanatory notes. 1756.
An Introduction to the Game of Draughts. By William Payne. 1756.
Dedication to the Earl of Rochford; and Preface.
A New Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. By Richard Rolt. 1756.
Designs of Chinese Buildings, Furniture, Dresses, Machines, Utensils, etc. By William Chambers. 1757.
The first two Paragraphs. See Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. I, p. 21; cf. vol. IV, p. 188.
The Evangelical History of our Lord Jesus Christ, harmonized, explained, and illustrated, etc. By a Society of Gentlemen. [1757.]
Dedication to The Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons.
[Johnsons authorship of this Dedication was denied by Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. IV, p. 383. But see Andersons Life of Johnson, 1815, pp. 2578.]
New Tables of Interest. By John Payne. 1758.
Stenography; or, Short-hand Improved
. By John Angell. n.d. [?1758].
(?) Dedication to the Duke of Richmond.
[I remember one, Angel, who came to me to write for him a Preface or Dedication to a book upon short-hand. Boswell, ed. Hill, G. B., vol. II, p. 224. Whether it was the Dedication or the Preface that Johnson supplied, it cannot have been printed as he wrote it, or dictated it.]
The Greek Theatre of Father Brumoy, translated by Mrs. C. Lennox. 3 vols. 1759.
Translation of A Dissertation on the Greek Comedy, and The General Conclusion of the Book.