The Free-holder. Or Political Essays..


Bound in original calf with gilt borders; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting morocco title label, gilt. Extremities worn and front hinge starting to crack. Some browning of edges of fly leaves and preliminaries, but otherwise a very good crisp copy. Early library shelf marks on front pastedown and later bookplate.



Printed for J. and R. Tonson in the Strand.,






By the right honourable joseph addison, esq;
nos. 1 - 55, 23 december 1715 - 29 june 1716.

Item Description

12mo. 4 x 6.75 inches. [viii] + 316 pp. + [10] pp. index.


Decorated by title page, head and tailpiece vignettes and by initial.


These political essays first appeared as articles in Addison's last publication, the magazine of this title, and were collected together in book form in the first edition of 1716. Joseph Addison (1672-1719), politician and writer, is best known as an essayist, particularly for his contributions, with his friend, Richard Steele, to the highly influential periodicals, The Tatler and The Spectator published, 1709-12, with a short revival in 1714. The Free-Holder was published in numerous eighteenth century editions. (ESTC T401780).

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