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The Rambler; a Periodical Paper; The Idler; The Adventurer

By Samuel Johnson

 

Jones & Company : [3], iv-viii, [1], 2-351, [4], iv-xii, [1], 2-111, [3], iv-viii, [1], 2-279pp

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[3], iv-viii, [1], 2-351, [4], iv-xii, [1], 2-111, [3], iv-viii, [1], 2-279pp

 

 

 

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1824-5

Three volumes bound as one. Containing 'The Rambler', 'The Idler', and 'The Adventurer'. 'The Rambler' was a periodical of short papers, published on Tuesdays and Saturdays for two years from 1750 to 1752. It totaled two-hundred and eight articles. The articles were primarily written for the newfound rising middle class, who wanted to rise in society and move in the same circles and aristocrats. 'The Idler' is a collection of one-hundred and three essays. They were originally published in the 'Universal Chronicle' weekly publication between 1758 and 1760. The essays were incredibly popular when they were being published, and people began reprinting them without permission. The essays include 'Proposal for a Female Army', 'Charities and Hospitals', 'Capture of Louisbourg', 'On Sleep', 'Self-Denial Necessary', 'Ladies' Journey to London', 'Grand Style of Painting', 'Physical Evil Moral Good', and more. Samuel Johnson wrote all but twelve of the essays, with the other twelve written by Thomas Warton, Bennet Langton, and Joshua Reynolds. 'The Adventurer' was a newspaper that Samuel Johnson contributed to, alongside John Hawkesworth. The newspaper was published bi-weekly. 'The Rambler' illustrated with a frontispiece, vignette title page, and three plates. 'The Adventurer' illustrated with a frontispiece, and vignette title page. Samuel Johnson has been revered by some as being the only true great critic of English literature of his time. Possibly his best known work was his influential 'A Dictionary of the English Language', which had a far-reaching effect on the Modern English language. That dictionary remained the standard for one-hundred and fifty years, when the 'Oxford English Dictionary' was published.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the boards and extremities. Minor bumping to the extremities. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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