THE TATLER; ADDISON, Joseph, Richard Steele, & others.

The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq.

London: printed and sold by John Morphew, 1710-11 Stock Code: 127598
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The first flowering of the English periodical essay

Original folio issues, a complete set of the original 271 numbers of The Tatler, together with Morphew's continuation, the volume concluding with no. 330 (From Thursday May 17. to Saturday May 19. 1711).

The Tatler was published three times per week from 12 April 1709 to 2 January 1710/11. Though the numbers began to appear in 1709, the printer, John Nutt, did not register the copyright until 2 May 1710. Steele planned, edited, and chiefly executed the work, but it also contains important contributions by Addison, who, contributing from Ireland, wrote more than 40 of the essays. Dr Herbert Davis credits Swift with contributing either letters or "hints" to numbers 21, 31, 67, 68, 248, and 249, and George Atherton Aitken attributes letters in nine other numbers to Swift as well. John Morphew continued the publication when Steele and Addison ceased to be associated with it after no. 271. He was joined by William Harrison as editor from nos. 285 to 330 (3 Feb.-19 May 1711).

The present volume includes the additional printed matter (engraved frontispiece, title page, dedication, and index) to the first volume only. Also bound into the volume are a number of blank leaves with contemporary manuscript additions: at no. 50, a manuscript copy of the dedication to Sir Edward Wortley Montague that was printed in the 2nd vol. of the octavo edition; at no. 189, the dedication and preface to the 3rd vol. of the octavo edition; at the end, the "motto's" of the 5th vol. of the duodecimo edition.

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2 volumes in one, folio (344 x 212 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, red morocco label, double gilt rules either side of raised bands, red sprinkled edges.


Bookplate of Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945); latterly in the family library at West Horsley Place. Skilful restoration to extremities, some waterstaining, browning, and spotting internally, as usual with this publication, owing to the quality of the paper stock used; overall, very good.


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