Tatler (London, England : 1709)
Printed and sold by John Morphew, near Stationers-Hall,
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"A faithful index of the dull as well as ingenious passages in the Tatlers. Vol. I": p. i-iv, bound following numb. 114.
"An index to the Tatlers. Vol. II": p. i-vi, bound following numb. 271.
At foot of v. 1 title page: "Note, the bookbinder is desired to place the index after Tatler, no. 114, which ends the first volume in folio."
At foot of v. 2 title page: "Note, the bookbinder is desired to place the index after Tatler, no. 271, which ends the second volume in folio."
Began with Vol. I; ceased with Vol. II.
BEIN 1977 +52: Autograph: J. Reynolds. Autograph: M.L. Gwatkin. Bookplate: Charles L. Rosenbloom. Bookplate: Frank L. Hogan. Unidentified autograph.
Collects, with added prefatory material and subject indexes, original folio issues of: The Tatler.
Dedication to Mr. Maynwaring in v. 1. signed: "Isaac Bickerstaff". Steele signed second and third dedications in v. 2.
Each volume has subject index.
Essays on manners politics, social life, philosophy; the Tatler was wildly popular in its day and the collection was reprinted several times during the 18th century. Continuations by others were less successful, but were frequently reissued with the originals.
Individual issues exist in several states, some with different settings of type, some lacking colophons, some with different catchwords.
Individual issues have caption title: The tatler.
Individual issues have designations: v. 1: Numb. 1 (Tuesday, April 12, 1709)-numb. 114 (from Thursday December 12 to Saturday December 31, 1709); v. 2: numb. 115 (from Saturday December 31  to Tuesday January 3, 1709 [i.e. 1710])-numb. 271 (from Saturday December 31  to Tuesday January 2, 1710 [i.e. 1711]).
Individual issues of no. 1-4 have colophons reading: London: Printed for the author, 1709; individual issues of no. 5-271 have colophons reading: "Sold by John Morphew", without date or place of publication.
Issue dates given according to Lady Day dating.
Reissue. Originally published three times a week from Apr. 12, 1709 to Jan. 2, 1711 with title: The tatler. Contributions by Steele, Addison and others.
The collected issues have appeared in several states; some volumes include the continuation issues. No. 272 (6 Jan. 1711) was published by John Morphew who carried the series to no. 330 (19 May 1711) with the editorial assistance of William Harrison; these numbers were later advertised as reprinted, but no copies are known (cf. Post Boy #2587, 8/11 Dec. 1712). John Baker undertook to publish his own no. 272-273, but did not continue. Mrs. Ann Baldwin issued a series of her own, assisted initially by Harrison before he went to work with Morphew; at least one issue is partially credited to Swift (cf. BL cat.); her effort lasted for seven issues, no. 1-6 (13-30 Jan. 1711), and one final unnumbered issue: 6 Feb. 1711 (cf. McLeod).
2 v. : ill. ; 36 cm. (fol.)
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