1709 Original Copy of the English Publication The Tatler, No. 91
The Tatler is a periodical that was launched in London by Sir Richard Steele in April 1709, appearing three times weekly until January 1711. “At first its avowed intention was to present accounts of gallantry, pleasure, and entertainment, of poetry, and of foreign and domestic news. These all were reported and “issued” from various London coffee and chocolate houses. In time The Tatler began to investigate manners and society, establishing its principles of ideal behavior, its concepts of a perfect gentleman and gentlewoman, and its standards of good taste. Dueling, gambling, rakish behavior, and coquettishness were criticized, and virtuous action was admired. Numerous anecdotes and stories gave point to the moral codes advanced. The periodical had an explicit Whig allegiance and was several times drawn into political controversy. The English periodical essay began its first flowering in The Tatler, reaching its full bloom in the hands of Joseph Addison. Addison seems to have made his first contribution to it in the 18th issue. Two months after The Tatler ceased publication, he and Steele launched the brilliant periodical The Spectator.” This is one of the original 1709 copies, not one of the 1711 bound copies. The condition of the layed paper is excellent. All of the copy is legible. There are no tears or pin holes. An excellent copy to frame and display in an office or den. The size is 8 ½ x 13 ½ inches. There are advertisements on the back page, which are quite interesting! Buyer pays $15.00 for flat shipment. Please see Contact/Terms.