Fair with no dust jacket. Volume one only of a two-volume set. The contents of this work were presumably taken from the author's bi-weekly newspaper, to which he contributed, along with Dr. Samuel Johnson. ---This compact leatherbound volume with gilt-decorated spine titling and frontis portrait of the author. ---Though the textblock is firm, the volume has lost its back cover and has browned leaves.; 24mo 5"-6" tall; iv, iv, vi, 360 pages.
Very good. 4 vols. Frontispiece portrait of John Hawkesworth and 3 other plates. 12mo, full contemporary mottled calf, (worn, spine labels chipped, hinge strengthened). London: B. Law, J. Dodsley et al, 1797. Very good. An edition of the 1752-54 semi-weekly periodical with John Hawkesworth, Samuel Johnson, Richard Bathurst, and Joseph Warton as the principal contributers. "The papers with the signatures of T. are by Dr. Johnson." Halkett & Laing I 38. Lowndes 13.
"Mixed edition, 4 vols., uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels, one volume designation label missing; joints cracked, otherwise generally good and sound. An early manuscript note on the flyleaf of the first volume reads: ""The papers with the signature J. Dr. Johnson wrote besides the History of the Admirable Crichton."" Volume 1 is the third edition, volume 2 is the fifth edition, and volumes 3 and 4 are a ""new edition."""
Very Good+ with no dust jacket. Contemporary full calf, spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering on burgundy labels in one compartment, and volume numbers, gilt in one; gilt decoration on edges. All 140 issues of the Adventurer published in a New edition (1770). Number 1 was first published in 1752 and Number 140 was published in 1754. "The Adventurer" (1752-1754) was a London bi-weekly newspaper. Contributors included, among many others, John Hawkesworth and Samuel Johnson. During the course of one year starting in March 1753, Dr. Johnson contributed 29 essays to Hawkesworth's periodical "The Adventurer, " which was written in imitation of another popular periodical, "The Rambler.". Very lightly worn, and not appearantly read, the volumes are in excellent condition, unmarked, tight, square and clean. The hinges are strong and the pages are supple. An attractive set. VERY GOOD+. 12mo 7"-7½" tall.
Good. No Jacket. 4 vols. iii, 250; 238; 249; 244 p. 18 cm. Frontispiece in each volume. New edition. Full tree calf leather, outer hinges cracked, spines chipped. Bookplates. Owner's signature on title page. Foxing. Volume three has a stain on p 43-57. Contains all 140 issues of The Adventurer, which ran from 1752-1754. Of the 140 issues, about 25 are by Samuel Johnson. The last number of Johnson's 'Rambler' appeared on March 14, 1752. Encouraged by its success, Hawkesworth, in company with Johnson, Bathurst, and Warton, started the "Adventurer". The first number was published on Nov. 7, 1752, and the last on March 9, 1754. This series of essays was a great success, and has been frequently reprinted. Hawkesworth signed the last essay with his full name. He wrote some 70 or 72 of the papers. Hawkesworth had considerable literary talent. So successful was he in the imitation of Johnson's style that Catherine Talbot declared that she discerned Dr. Johnson 'though all the papers". At the beginning of his career he was an intimate friend of Johnson, and was a member of the Rambler Club. The success of the 'Adventurer', according to Hawkins, 'elated him too much' and soon after attaining his Lambeth degree his intimacy with Johnson ceased.
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