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The Spectator.

London: Printed by C. Whittingham, Published by John Sharpe, 8 volumes small 8vo;
T.I: vi, 404p., [12p. Index]; T.II: vi, 422p., [13p. Index]; T.III: iv, 399p., [11p. Index]; T.IV: viii, 366p., [9p. Index].; T.V: [ii], 377p., [9p. Index]; T.VI: iv, 374p., [17p. Index]; T.VII: vi, 405p., [11p. Index]; T.VIII: vii, [i], 342p., [9p. Index]. Frontispice portrait in each volume (Addison, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Steele, Parnell, Hughes and Gove), illustrated title page for each volume, and engraved title pages for 30 individual numbers bound in. Illustrations by Thurston, Singleton, Stothard, Tresham, Loutherbourg, Thomson, Westall, Kneller, Opie, Artaud, Burney, Richardson, Howard, Fuseli, Tomkins…
Elegant contemporary binding in full mottled calf, gilt contour on boards, flat ornemented spine with dark green title label. One or two damp stains, worm hole through twenty pages T.I. but a very nice set.
Complete set of the six hundred and thirty-five numbers of “The Spectator”, reprinted as originally issued. Founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele it was published 6 times a week from 1st March 1711 until 6th December 1712, and then, without the collaboration of Steele, three times a week from 18th June to 20th December 1714 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The paper was aimed to provide educated talking points, enliven morality with wit, understand that culture and taste transcend political differences. Among those subjects discussed: “Women the more powerful part of our people”, “Sign-posts, the absurdities of many of them”, “Gigglers in church reproved”, “Socrates, his notion of pleasure and pain”, “Boileau censured, and for what”, “Greeks and Romans, the different methods observed by them in the education of their children”, “Queen Ann Boleyn’s last letter to King Henry”…and many “Letters” in each volume, some of which, it is suspected, were written by the editors themselves.