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Addison Joseph; The Spectator vols. 6 & 7 only

SKU: Addison Joseph AB0310107 $295.00
The Spectator volumes the sixth & seventh only. Printed for Messers. Longman Dodsley Law Robson Johnson Nichols Dilly Robinson Sewell Baldwin Faulder Rivington Otridge and Son Payne B. and J. White Macqueen Hookham and Carpenter W. Lowndes Wynn Kay Newbery T. Edwards Vernor and Hood Anderson Pote Cadell and Davies Murray and Highley Lee & Hurst London late 18th century (believed a later printing of the 1788 first printing). Frontispiece engraving by F. Hayman verso engraved portrait recto. Volume 6 - #395 Tuesday June 3 1712 thru #473 Tuesday September 2 1712. Volume 7 - #474 Tuesday September 3 1712 thru #555 Saturday December 6 1712. Period full brown leather boards with leather spine and gilt title block and vol. #. Leather crazing on spine to both volumes and leather loss to head of vol. 6. Vol. 6 323 pages plus index. Vol. 7 341 pages plus index. Leather on hinges has split. Bumps and rubs to leather and corners consistent with age. Old English text is complete. Pages are cream to light tan supple with mild random foxing and/or spotting. Pages 31 thru 83 and 291 thru 320 of vol. 6 exhibit dark spotting over text which is very legible. The last page of the index in vol. 7 is missing a 2.5 cm. x 1 cm. half-circle shaped piece which does not affect text. Both vols. title page and the following page exhibit the former owners name in ink on top of the pages (assumed period). Owner trades signature in pencil on the front paste down of vol. 7. Both volumes are in very respectable condition for approx. 220 /- years. The Spectator was a daily publication of 1711-12 founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England after they met at Charterhouse School. Eustace Budgell a cousin of Addison trades also contributed. Each paperor numberwas approximately 2500 words long and the original run consisted of 555 numbers. These were collected into seven volumes. The paper was revived without the involvement of Steele in 1714 appearing thrice weekly for six months and these papers when collected formed the eighth volume. Despite a modest daily circulation of approximately 3000 copies The Spectator was widely read: Addison estimated each number was read by 60000 Londoners about a tenth of the capital trades population at the time. Contemporary historians and literary scholars meanwhile do not consider this to be an unreasonable claim: most readers were not themselves subscribers but patrons of one of the subscribing coffeehouses. These readers came from many stations in society but the paper catered principally to the interests of England trades emerging middle class merchants and traders large and small. The Spectator was also popular and widely read in later eighteenth and nineteenth century. It was sold in eight-volume editions. Its prose style and its marriage of morality and advice with entertainment were considered exemplary.