London. 1753. Printed for J&R Tonson and S. Draper. Complete in 8 volumes. All volumes in Very Good condition. All bound in full brown leather hard cover, embossed on the spine in gold for the title. All covers are attached, the bindings are firm and all pages are attached. Covering the years 1710 to 1714.

  • Acquired from a Metro Washington DC estate.
  • Artist Name:
  • J&R Tonson and S. Draper
  • Medium:
  • Leather Bound Book Set
  • Circa:
  • 1753
  • Notes:
  • A complete set of the popular short-lived periodical by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, complete with a frontispiece to each volume. Complete in eight volumes. Illustrated with a frontispiece to each volume. 'The Spectator" was a daily publication than ran from 1711 to 1714, created by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. It was widely read despite its modest circulation, including being read by James Madison when he was a teenager. Richard Steele was an Irish politician and playwright. He was a member of the Kit-Kat Club, an English Whig club with strong literary and political associations. His first successful play was 'The Funeral', which was performed at Drury Lane. Joseph Addison was an essayist, politician and playwright. He also held form the Kit-Kat Club, which renewed his friendship with Richard Steele, whom he at met at Charterhouse School. His most famous work was 'Cato, a Tragedy', a successful play about Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis. Addison and Steele founded several publications during their friendship, including the literary and social journal "Tatler", which published from 1709 to 1711. Steele also founded the short lived "The Guardian". None of these publications are related to the modern-day ones which share their same name.
  • Condition:
  • Very Good Condition

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