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[Spectator. 1767]
The spectator. Volume the first (-- eighth).
London:, printed for J. and R. Tonson,, 1767.
8 vols ; 17.4 cm. (12º)
I: 324, [12] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
II: 336, [12] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
III: 314, [10] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
IV: 303, [9] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
V: 301, [11] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
VI: 305, [19] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
VI: 333, [15] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.
VIII: 300, [12] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis.

Anonymous. By Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele and others. Originally issued in 555 numbers, six times a week from 1 March 1711 to 6 December 1712 (reprinted here as vols. I--VII), and revived from 18 June to 20 December 1714 (nos. 556--635, mainly by Addison, reprinted here as vol. VIII); three loose issues from 1711 and 1712 are also in Soane's collection (q.v.). The Spectator succeeded Addison and Steele's earlier periodical The Tatler which ran from April 1709 to January 1711 and was much reprinted in collected editions (1786 ed., q.v.), and transformed British periodical writing, with hundreds of collected editions published over the next two centuries. The title-pages in this edition are engraved, with frontispieces by Charles Grignion, Charles Mosley, and J.S. Miller after designs by Francis Hayman. ESTC t97952.

Copy Notes Volume I inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane / 1774, the final 'e' added after 1783; and in pencil with a reference to Pg 46 - The mind &c. On page 46 the following passage is marked in pencil, possibly in Soane's later hand: 'The mind that lies fallow but a single day, sprouts up in follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous culture' [No. 10, March 12, 1710/11]. Soane acquired this edition aged 21, and quotes from Addison's essay on 'The Pleasures of the Imagination' (vol. VI, nos. 412-421) in his sixth Royal Academy lecture, and in October and November 1815 he transcribed extracts from no. 415 (Soane Case 172). There is also a subject index of favourite passages (Soane Case 163, fols. 77--81). See Watkin, Soane, pp. 22-3, 700 and 703.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and green spine-labels.

Reference Number 765

Additional Names Steele, Sir Richard (1672--1729); Addison, Joseph (1672--1719)

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