[JOHNSON, Samuel. ~ An Elegy on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet by Dr. Johnson in] The British Magazine and Review or Universal Miscellany, August, 1783 [in the complete Vol. 3]. London: for Harrison and Co, 1783.
8vo (210 × 125 mm), pp. 484, plus engraved frontispiece, title and 10 plates. Contemporary half calf, red morocco spine labels, a very good copy.
A poem of nine four-line verses with a footnote giving a brief description of Robert Levet (?1701-82), a native of Hull, and a self-taught physician who for many years had resided with Johnson. Courtney (p. 156) lists only the versions of the poem published in the Gentleman’s Magazine (August 1793) and in the London Magazine (September 1793). The authorised edition was probably the former, making the British Magazine version the first of several piracies.