London: Printed for J. Bumpus, Holborn-Bars, 1819. 8 volumes. Frontis in Volume I. 8vo. Period black half-calf binding with marbled paper boards, edges & eps. Spine gilt decorated, with maroon title label in second compartment, volume label in 4 compartment. General wear, with the odd extremity rub. Bookplates. An attractive VG - VG+ set. Item #46536
"The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England, lasting from 1711 to 1712. Each 'paper', or 'number', was approximately 2,500 words long, and the original run consisted of 555 numbers, beginning on 1 March 1711. These were collected into seven volumes. The paper was revived without the involvement of Steele in 1714, appearing thrice weekly for six months, and these papers when collected formed the eighth volume. Eustace Budgell, a cousin of Addison's, and the poet John Hughes also contributed to the publication.
In Number 10, Mr. Spectator states that The Spectator will aim 'to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality' ... The Spectator sought to provide readers with topics for well-reasoned discussion, and to equip them to carry on conversations and engage in social interactions in a polite manner. In keeping with the values of Enlightenment philosophies of their time, the authors of The Spectator promoted family, marriage, and courtesy." [Wiki]
An invaluable resource for researching / studying 18th Century British society.