The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq.

  • (Tatler) [Steele, Richard], [Joseph Addison]
  • London: Printed for H. Lintot, J and P. Knapton [and 13 others] 1754
  • ESTC T123916.


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4 vols., 12mo, pp. [iv], 299, [9]; iv, 334, [10]; [ii], iv, 316, [16]; vi, [iv], 313, [11]. Contemporary calf, spines divided by raised bands surrounded by gilt rules, red morocco labels, spines numbered direct in gilt. A little spotting, top strip of vol. 1 flyleaf excised . Somewhat scratched with wear to some extremities, spines crackled. Remnant of inscription to vol. 1 flyleaf below excised strip dated 1780.


A compilation of material originally issued as 271 numbers of The Tatler between April 12th, 1709 and January 2nd, 1711, representing founders Steele and Addison's tenure there before establishing The Spectator later in 1711. Both men wrote as fictitious editor Isaac Bickerstaff, relaying (and, in some cases, inventing) news, gossip and talk of the town.

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