The Rambler (c1800)
The Rambler (c1800)
by Samuel Johnson
5 ¾ x 3 ½. In English. Published by C. Cooke, London. Title page undated. Cooke’s [Pocket] Edition. Three Volumes. Complete. An EARLY EDITION of the author’s periodical of short papers in a similar vein to “The Spectator.” Late-18th century-style mottled full calf, polished. Flat spine divided into panels by double gilt rules, decorated. Covers in EXCELLENT shape. Black label with gilt title, “RAMBLER.” Corners lightly bumped. Front joint to Volume One and Two starting, but still solid. Pastedowns free from ownership markings or foxing, but with some minor offsetting from binder’s glue used for turn-ins. Old ownership bookplate present to each volume. Text mostly crisp and clean, though there may be the occasional page with some imperfection such as occasional foxing, a slight stain, or other minor quirk that comes with a book this age. Illustrated with nice quality engravings. This particular edition is not commonly seen in the marketplace.
“The Rambler” was a British essay periodical edited and principally written by Samuel Johnson. A total of 208 issues were published on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1750 – 1752. Essay periodicals were a lot like 21st century blogs, in that each issue was written by a single person on whatever topic struck his or her fancy. “The Rambler” was more serious than some other essay periodicals, and it was not a great commercial success on first publication. It discussed various subjects including morality, literature, society, politics, and religion. “The Rambler” has been reprinted many times, because it represents the finest writing of one of the greatest 18th century English prose stylists. Samuel Johnson is more often quoted than any other English author save for Shakespeare.
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