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THE CRAFTSMAN
The craftsman. By Caleb d'Anvers, of Gray's-Inn, Esq;
London: printed for R. Francklin, 1731--1737.
14 vols ; 16.6 cm. (12º)

'Caleb D'Anvers of Gray's-Inn, Esq' is the the joint pseudonym used by Henry St. John Viscount Bolingbroke, William Pulteney, Nicholas Amhurst, and others, for their contributions to this work, which was originally published as a periodical under the title The Country Journal: or, the Craftsman, edited by Amhurst until 1737; Bolingbroke ended his association with the publication around 1735. The leading anti-Walpole newspaper, it was issued twice weekly as a single sheet from 1726 to May 1727, then as a longer weekly paper. The present duodecimo re-publication omits numbers 310, 323, 354, 392, 397, 401, 408--409, 427--429, 432, 434, 458, 460, 479, 481, 504 and all after 511 (April 17, 1736). Most of the verse is also omitted, with some given in appendix to vol. V. The appendices include 'The Craftsman Extraordinary', first published in 1729, and other related pamphlets. Volumes I--VII are dated 1731 and each have a frontispiece engraved by Baron, Vandergucht or Du Bosc; volumes VIII--XIV are dated 1737. The title vignette purports to be the portrait of Caleb d'Anvers. With a leaf of publisher's advertisements at the end of vol. III. ESTC t131335.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 1s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With Boone's pencil price and codes on fly leaf 14 vols. £1=s1=0, and earlier bookseller's inscriptions in ink.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt-panelled spines, red and dark green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1146


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