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THE GUARDIAN: Volume the First.

London: J. and R. Tonson, The Strand, 1767. Later printing of the first volume (of two), covering Thursday March 12th to Monday June 15th. The Guardian, a short-lived newspaper published in London from March 12 to October 1, 1713, was founded by Steele and featured contributions from Addison, Thomas Tickell, Alexander Pope and Ambrose Philips. Steele and Addison had previously collaborated on The Tatler and The Spectator and are regarded as significant figures in the development of the eighteenth-century periodical. Together they produced three publications and separately published or edited several others. The periodicals they produced together were great successes. Addison and Steele (and other editors of the time) viewed themselves as moral instructors and arbiters of taste and created editorial personaes, such as Nestor Ironside herein, as stand-ins for themselves to castigate vice and promote virtue. (Wikipidea). Early, full speckled-calf binding with raised spine bands, green and red leather gilt-lettered spine labels and spine and all edges elaborately tooled in gilt. Near fine.
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