The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq.: The Tatler. In Four Volumes.

4 volumes. Hardback, 9 x 5.5 inches. In full speckled calf leather bindings, Extensive gilt decoration to spines, decorative gilt paneled boards. Red speckled edges. In very good conditions. Spines are darkened, corners and edges bumped and rubbed. Hinges cracked on vols.1&4, and starting on vols.2&3. Bookplates to front “Henry, Duke of Kent.” Some minor marks to endpapers, some minor handling marks to pages, else a very clean and tight set. 413, 450, 470 & 468pp. Includes the Tatler numbers from Tuesday, April 12, 1709 through to December 30, 1710 (numbers 1 - 270). ALTHOUGH it states on the title-page in volume 1: in 5 volumes, this was only published in 4 volumes (is complete). “Isaac Bickerstaff Esq” was a pseudonym used by JONATHAN SWIFT as part of a hoax to predict the death of then famous Almanac-maker, astrologer and quack John Partridge. “Disgruntled by Partridge’s sarcastic attack about the “infallible Church” written in his 1708 issue of Merlinus Almanac, Swift projected carefully 3 letters and one Eulogy as an elaborate plan to ‘predict’ Partridge’s “infallible death” to be revealed on April 1st, All Fools Day”. RICHARD STEELE bolstered the release of his new paper THE TATLER by naming the fictitious Isaac Bickerstaff Esq. as editor, and although largely written by Steele himself, had occasional contributions from Jonathan Swift.

Title: The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq.: The Tatler. In Four Volumes.


Categories: Literature,

Publisher: London: Printed for E.Nutt, A. Bell, J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, J. Pemberton, J. Hooke, C.Rivington, R. Cruttenden, T. Cox, J.Battley, F. Clay, and E. Symon. 1710:

Seller ID: 79697

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