ADDISON, Joseph; Richard Steele; & others.

The Spectator.

London: J. and R. Tonson, 1744 Stock Code: 136182
£350.00

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Notes

Appealing set of the great Augustan periodical, presented here in an unadulterated contemporary trade binding and "improved" at an early date by the addition of the delightful frontispieces from the 1747 edition, the designs of which are by Francis Hayman, "the most proficient English illustrator of his time" (Gordon N. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, p. 5). The Spectator was originally published between March 1711 and December 1712, its 555 issues comprising "one of the most triumphant literary projects of the age transforming periodical writing in English" (ODNB entry for Addison).

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Description

8 volumes, octavo (165 x 96 mm). Contemporary speckled calf. spines gilt numbered direct and with paired gilt fillets either side of raised bands, gilt two-line border to sides, red speckled edges.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece to each volume by Charles Grignion, J. S. Müller or Charles Mosley after Francis Hayman (these apparently excised from the edition of 1747 and attached to the front free endpapers); wood-engraved portrait of Shakespeare to each title

Condition

A few spines chipped at head, a little wear to corners, joints lightly rubbed, one or two old abrasions to sides otherwise very good.

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