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The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff

The Tatler

By Isaac Bickerstaff, Jonathan Swift, Richard Steele.

1716 - London - J N.

5.5" by 3.5"; iii- vi, 368pp, [8]; iii-v, 388pp, [12]; iii-viii, 369pp, [16]; [10], 367pp, [12]. 

 
 


 

DETAILS

Four Volumes of Isaac Bickerstaff's accounts in The Tatler.

Scarce early edition and we were unable to find a collation, though pagination is consistent and appears complete.

Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Atoniette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
Isaac Bickerstaff was a pseudonym used by Jonathan Swift, initially for a death-hoax he placed on Almanac maker and astrologer John Partridge. Swift and Steele then decided to use the name for the editor of The Tatler, a journal published over two years consisting of the gossip and news overheard in various London coffeehouses. The true authorship was only revealed once the journal was collected and published in one volume. The Tatler was originally in publication three times a week and was founded by Richard Steele before he had his friends contribute.

CONDITION

In full calf bindings. Board to volume I has been repaired with speckled calf. Externally, generally smart. Rubbing to boards and spine. Marks to rear board of volume II. Loss to head of volume I and IV spines. Small hole to rear board of volume II. Small crack to front joint of vol I. Joints to volume IV starting but firm. Rear joint to volume III starting but firm. Hinges to volume IV are starting but firm. Prior owner's bookplate to pastedowns, E H Greenly. W Greenly's signature to pastedowns of vols II and II and to the recto of front endpaper to volumes I and IV. Rear pastedown to volume II is torn and lifting. Internally, all are firmly bound. Pages are age toned with scattered spots throughout, heavier to first and last few pages. Ink spills to the margin of pages 189-193 of volume III, does not affect the text. Small tear to the top of page 369 of volume III again, does not affect the text. Overall: GOOD


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