The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq. [The Tatler]. Complete in 5 volumes The Third, Revised Edition with the full Issues 1-271 plus an additional 52 numbers & additional material
London: E. and R. Nutt et al, 1728. A very nice set of this third, revised edition of Richard Steele's seminal work. Here you find the full 271 issues of Volume 1-4 of the book edition (first printed in 1711). Each of the volumes contains and index. The fifth volume contains a further 52 issues, written by the same authors. In addition are found five additional sketches largely concerning a Dr Partridge. Full contemporary leather, with double gilt edge line to each board. A little chipping to the head and tail of some volumes. Inside, the books are in very good condition, with just a little foxing. vi, 1-336, [x]., iv, 1-376, [xii]., viii, 1-352, [xvi]., vi, , 1-352, [xii]., 1-324 pp.
165 by 100mm (6½ by 4 inches).
"The Tatler." Founded in 1709 and printed for two years under the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff. This is the first known such consistently adopted journalistic persona. Steele, along with Joseph Addison and with contributions by Jonathan Swift, then ended the publication at issue 271. Steele "outed" himself in the final issue. As he wrote: "The printer having informed me, that there are as many of these papers printed as will make four volumes, I am now come to the end of my ambition in this matter....." He then revealed his identity.