THE SPECTATOR, 8 Vols. (complete), 1747 Full Leather
[Joseph Addison, Richard Steele],
THE SPECTATOR, 8 Vols. (complete), London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1747. Full calf with well faded decorative gilt spines and blind-stamped titles, 8vo (7.750x4.875”), good / n.a., approx. 4,000 pp. , bindings bumped, rubbed, faded and worn especially in joints, corners and head and tail of spines, small amount of sporadic soiling in the preliminaries, bindings are surprisingly tight excepting that of v.1 whose boards have been entirely separated and subsequently reattached using archival tissue paper in the hinges and joints. A repair on this type binding would require a restorative binder. All other volumes seem to be holding their integrity quite nicely. The entire set seems to be surprisingly foxing free. The price is reflective of vol.1’s malaise. There may well be some pagination issues in a few of the other volumes also. Time does not permit a thorough collation, though they do seem to be complete.
Each volume has a different frontis, contemporary bookplates on some front paste-downs indicating one John Fardell as the set’s long ago owner.
The Spectators are esteemed some of the most valuable writings in the English language, an honor to the country, and almost a library in themselves. Quite the distinctive little set of books indeed – a wonderful appropriation of Captured Tyme!