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[Tatler. 1797]
The tatler. Volume the first (- eighth).
London:, printed by Bye and Law; for Messrs. Longman, Dodsley, Law, Johnson, Nichols, Dilly, Robinson, Sewell, Richardson, Baldwin, Faulder, Rivington, Otridge and Son, B. and J. White, Hookham and Carpenter, Wilkie, Scatcherd, Ogilvie and Son, Newbery, J. Edwards, Vernor and Hood, Nunn, Pote, Miller, Cadell and Davies, and H. Lowndes,, 1797.
4 vols ; 24.5 cm. (8º)
I: [2], xvi, 449, [15] p.
II: [2], iv, 516, [12] p.
III: [2], iv, 490, [14] p.
IV: [2], vi, 550, [10] p.

By Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele and others. First published in 271 numbers three times a week, 12 April 1709 to 2 January 1710 [i.e. 1711] using the editorial pseudonym 'Isaac Bickerstaff' 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. The title-page vignettes after Francis Hayman are engraved by C. Grignion and S.F. Ravenet. ESTC t99975.

Binding Late C18th marbled tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. Uniform with the 1797 set of The spectator (q.v.).

Reference Number 5580

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

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