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The Monthly Review; or, Literary Journal, Enlarged

By Various

1787-96

T. Becket : London

8.5" by 5

[3pp], iv-viii, [1pp], 2-584pp, [8pp]; [3pp], iv-viii, [1pp], 2-583pp, [9pp]; [3pp], iv-viii, [1pp], 2-584pp, [8pp]; [7pp], viii-xvi, [1pp], 2-606pp, [18pp]

 

 

 

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A rarely seen uniformly bound run of this critical literary review publication admired by the likes of Benjamin Franklin.

In four volumes. 'Monthly Review' was an English periodical published from 1749 to 1845. It was the first English periodical to offer reviews, and was founded by Ralph Griffiths. Contributors include people such as Oliver Goldsmith, Charles Burney, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Tobias Smollett, and Elizabeth Moody. Its main competitor was 'The Critical Review', which was founded in 1756 by Tobias Smollett. This periodical was the first successful literary magazine in London, being an instant success upon its first publication, and was read by the likes of Benjamin Franklin. It is claimed that the word autobiography first appeared in print in 'The Monthly Review' in 1797. Comprising of; Volume IV, published in 1791. Volume XIII, published in 1794. Volume XIX, published in 1796. Volume LXXVII, published in 1787. With a half-title. Ralph Griffiths was an editor and publisher. He was known for improving the status of female poets and novelists, reviewing their works in his journal, such as Elizabeth Moody's 'Poetic Trifles'. He was an avid collector of books, and published various pamphlets, including the famous 'The Expediency and Necessity of Revising and Improving the Public Liturgy. Humbly Represented'. He was controversial as a publisher, publishing the scandalous novel 'Fanny Hill' by John Cleland.

CONDITION

In the original quarter calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. A little loss to the head and tail of the spines, heavier to the tail of the spine of Volume LXXVII. A little rubbing to the spines and boards. Light surface cracks to the spines. Small crack to the front joint of Volumes IV, XIII, XIX and LXXVII. Minor bumping to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with only a couple of light spots. Puncture marks close to the gutters.

Overall Condition: Good

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