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THE TATLER
[Tatler. 1786]
The lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. A new edition with notes in six volumes. ...
London: printed for C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, J. Rivington and Sons, W. Owen, R. Horsfield, B. White and son, T. Longman, B. Law, C. Rivington, J. Dodsley, H. Baldwinm G.G.J. and J. Robinson, C. Dilly, T. Cadell, J. Nichols, R. Baldwin, W. Goldsmith, J. Johnson, W. Flexney, W. Nicoll, G. Burnett, C.D. Piguenitt, G. and T. Wilxie, W. Fox, M. Say, and E. Newbery, 1786.
6 vols ; 18.1 cm. (8º)
I: [16], vii--l, 440 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.
II: [4], 456 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.
III: [4], 412 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.
IV: [4], 432 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.
V: [4], 448 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.
VI: [4], 504 p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.

Edited by John Nichols, who signs the advertisement 'J.N. Red-Lion-passage, March 25, 1786'; with notes and 'Additional Tatlers' by the editor. First published as 'The Tatler' in 271 folio numbers three times a week, 12 April 1709 to 2 January 1710 [i.e. 1711]. 'Isaac Bickerstaff' was the editorial pseudonym of Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele and others, borrowed from a spoof pamphlet by Jonathan Swift in 1708. About 188 numbers were by Steele, who was also the projector; 42 by Addison and 36 by them jointly. The Tatler was aimed to appeal to the coffee house readers and was a great commercial success; its winding up in 1711 was probably due to its association with the Whig movement, and Steele's next periodical, the Spectator, which began publication on 1 March 1711, was resolutely non-partisan. Like its successor (1767 ed., q.v.), the Tatler went through numerous collected editions. Additional half title-pages read: The Tatler, with illustrations and notes, historical, biographical, and critical. In six volumes. 1786. ESTC t98535.

Copy Notes In vol. I gathering d4 (pp. xli--xlviii) is misbound between Dd2 and Dd3 (pp. 404--5).

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, red and green morocco spine-labels, spine-titles read 'Tatler'.

Reference Number 766


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