THE SPECTATOR, 6 of 8 Vols., [Joseph Addison, Richard Steele], London, Mid-1700's
[Joseph Addison, Richard Steele],THE SPECTATOR, 6 of 8 Vols., London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, [1767?]. Full calf with decorative gilt spines and paper labels, 12mo (4 x 7"), good + / n.a., v.1: [1-9],10-324, [i-xii index], v.2: [1-7], 8-326 p.p., [i-xii index], v.3: [1-7], 8-314 p.p., [i-x index], v.4: [1-9], 10-303 p.p, [i-ix index], v.5: [1-7], 8-301 p.p., [i-ix index], v.6: [1-7], 8-305 p.p., [i-xix], bindings bumped, rubbed, and worn especially in joints, corners and head and tail of spines, general wear to boards, small amount of soiling in the preliminaries, bindings are surprisingly tight.
Each volume has a different frontis, ink inscription on title page of v.5 title page stating, "John Milnes, Middle Temple Hall Stairs, London 1794. Middle Temple is a series of buildings used for the housing and training of lawyers and has been for centuries. Articles within these six volumes range from #1 - #473. The Spectators are esteemed some of the most valuable writings in the English language, an honour to the country, and almost a library in themselves. Quite the distinctive little set of books indeed.