To The Hebrides

Samuel Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands and James Boswell's Journal of a Tour

by James Boswell , Ronald Black , Samuel Johnson

To The Hebrides

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Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring through the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland as far west as the islands of Skye, Raasay, Coll, Mull, Inchkenneth and Iona. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions, and later published separate accounts of their journey. These works contain some of the finest pieces of travel writing ever produced: they are also magnificent historical documents as well as portraits of two extraordinary men of letters.

Together they paint a vivid picture of a society which was still almost unknown to the Europe of the Enlightenment. Entertaining, profound, and marvellously readable, they are a valuable chronicle of a lost age and a fascinating people. For the first time, Ronald Black’s edition brings together Johnson’s and Boswell’s accounts of each of the six stages of the two men’s journey – Lowlands, Skye, Coll, Mull and back to the mainland.

Illustrated with prints by Thomas Rowlandson, it includes a critical introduction, translations of the Latin texts and brief notes.


ISBN: 9781780270319

Publication date: 01/03/2022

Format: Paperback

Extent: 640

Publisher: Birlinn

Stock status: Reprinting, Spring 2022

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Western Isles/Hebrides