The Spectator.London: printed for Geo. B. Whittaker 1827 Stock Code: 116024
The Spectator was one of the first British periodicals, originally published daily in 1711 and 1712. Appealing to the growing numbers of middle class traders and shop keepers in London, Addison estimated it to have been read by a tenth of the city's population, primarily in coffee shops. The content was innovative and made the gentlemanly culture of letters accessible to a wide audience for the first time. The Spectator was reprinted in book form many times and remained popular through the 19th century.
8 volumes, octavo (166 x 102 mm). Finely bound by Lauriat and Co., Boston in blue half morocco, titles and centre tool to spines, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt.
Engraved frontispieces and vignettes.
A few leaves lightly spotted, an excellent set.
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