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ATHENIAN GAZETTE ...
The Athenian Gazette: or casuistical mercury resolving all the most nice and curious questions. Proposed by the ingenious of either sex: ... [vol. III; vol. X; vol. XVIII.]
London: printed for John Gunton, 1691. [1693; 1695].
32.4 cm. (1/2°)

Mainly the work of the bookseller John Dunton, The Athenian Gazette, or Athenian Mercury as it was titled after the first number, was issued on Tuesdays and Saturdays from March 1690 [i.e. 1691] as a single folio half-sheet (two pages) and was an immediate success. Dunton's idea was that questions submitted by the public (the "Ingenious") should be answered by a team of experts known as the "Athenian Society", comprised chiefly of himself, Richard Sault and Samuel Wesley the elder. The numbers were collected in cumulations of 30 numbers each with a title-page as above and prelims. An editor's note at the end of vol. XIX announced that after the forthcoming 30 numbers of vol. XX "an intire volume shall be publisht quarterly", but publication ceased in June 1697 with the 10th number of vol. XX. Supplements were published to the first five volumes, consisting largely of notices of book reviews drawn from foreign journals; those to the first (q.v.) and fourth (q.v.) volumes are in the Soane Museum. ESTC p1742.

Copy Notes Copy 1: 'The Third Volume', 18 August to 17 October 1691. Imperfect; wanting numbers 1--18. Bound (4) in a volume of tracts dated between 1679 and 1702, with the armorial bookplate of Thomas Pelham Hood, of Spring-Mount in the County of Antrim, Esq, and the front free-endpaper inscribed in ink R. Reynolds.
Copy 2: 'The Tenth Volume', 28 March to 8 July 1691. Imperfect; numbers 2--29 only, wanting the title-page and prelims. Bound (6) in a volume of tracts dated between 1679 and 1702.
Copy 3: 'The Eighteenth Volume', 13 July to 29 October 1695. Bound (8) in a volume of tracts dated between 1679 and 1702.

Binding Early C18th sheep, blind-ruled and blind-tooled borders, gilt double-ruled spine, later green spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Collection / Of / Tracts'. Later numbered '61' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5654


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