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THE WORLD
The world. In four volumes. By Adam Fitz-Adam. A new edition. Vol. I. (--IV.)
Edinburg [sic]: at the Apollo Press, by the Martins, Anno 1776.
4 vols ; 15.3 cm. (8º)
I: 285, [1] p.
II: 276 p.
III: 267, [1] p.
IV: 291, [7] p.

Adam Fitz-Adam was a pseudonym of the playwright and writer Edward Moore, who contributed 61 essays and was general editor of this periodical originally published weekly in 209 numbers between 4 January 1753 and 30 December 1756, and much reprinted. Additional significant contributors include: the Earl of Chesterfield (who is identified by **** in the table of authors and whose notorious letters in praise of Dr Johnson's dictionary appeared as numbers 100--101), Richard Owen Cambridge, Horace Walpole, Soame Jenyns, Edward Lovibond, John Boyle the Earl of Orrery and Cork, his son the Hon. Hamilton Boyle, and Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. The essays covering a wide range of topics were intended 'to ridicule, with novelty and good-humour, the fashions, follies, vices, and absurdities, of that part of the human species which calls itself the World, and to trace it through all its business, pleasures and amusements' (vol. I, pp. 10-11). With a final number entitled 'A World Extraordinary', signed Vandyke [i.e. Horace Walpole]. Forty-one of the 209 papers have no assigned author in the table of the names of the authors the end of vol. IV. ESTC t119887.

Copy Notes Names of the individual authors of the parts have been inscribed in ink at the end of each entry (as per the table in vol. IV; and parts without an author in the table have not been ascribed by the reader). Each volume inscribed in ink on front pastedown T. Witchell. Volume IV: Inscription in ink by Soane on front free-endpaper: An agreeable companion in a postchaise p. 263 (refers to an essay on the education of a son).

Binding C18th calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1078


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