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ADDISON, Joseph (1672--1719)
[Works. 1761]
The works of the late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq; Volume the first (- fourth). With a complete index.
Birmingham printed by John Baskerville, for J. and R. Tonson, at Shakespeare's Head inthe Strand, London, 1761.
4 vols ; 29.5 cm. (4º)
I: xxv, [3], 525 [i.e. 537], [5] p., engr. frontis. port : wdcut illus.
II: [8], 538, [12] p., [7] wdcut pl.
III: 579, [13] p.
IV: 555, [11] p.

Edited by Thomas Tickell. First published in 1721, with second and third editions appearing in 1730 and 1741. Addison's lasting literary fame rests on his periodical essays first published in The Tatler (q.v.) and The Spectator (q.v.). Volume I includes a portrait frontispiece to volume I engraved by John Miller after Godfrey Kneller, three plates by Charles Grignion after Francis Hayman, and three series of woodcut medals on pages 523 & 525, 529 & 531, and 535 & 537 (which is misnumbered '525'); the versos are blank. Contents: Vol. I: Preface. Poems on several occasions. Rosamond. An essay on Virgil's Georgics. Cato. The drummer, or, The haunted house. Poemata. Dialogues upon the usefulness of ancient medals. -- Vol. II: Remarks on several parts of Italy, &c. The Tatler. The Spectator, no. 1--89. -- Vol. III: The Spectator, no. 90-505. -- Vol. IV: The Spectator, no. 507-600. The Guardian. The lover. The present state of the war, and the necessity of an augmentation, considered. The Whig-examiner. The Free-holder. Of the Christian religion. ESTC n65250; Gaskell 17.

Copy Notes Bookseller's price in ink on rear free-endpaper of vol. I: 4V.. 4:4-. Loosely inserted in vol. II at page 464--5 is a loose sheet (watermark 'FELLOWS / 1807') with MS. notes in ink in an as yet unidentified, possibly Soane office hand, including a passage on the mental faculties from Montesquieu's essay 'On the pleasures of the soul', apparently from vol. IV of the edition of Montesquieu's collected works published by Thomas Evans in 1777, a copy of which was acquired by Soane in 1803 (q.v.).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments with thistle and acorn ornaments, red and brown morocco spine-labels, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 717


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