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Seven volumes, 12mo in 6s [text block size 155 x 90mm], contemporary tree calf, the flat spines divided into compartments with gilt roll, red lettering piece and, at foot, red numbering pieces (3 1/2 missing), the remaining five compartments gilt decorated with leaves and flowers. All volumes have vignette title-pages printed in red and black; the first 7 volumes have frontispieces - not wanted for the remaining seven volumes; head and tailpieces and decorated initial letters. All front pastedowns have first the armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Hesketh, Bart, Rufford Hall, Lancashire, secondly the library label of Easton Neston (Northamptonshire) giving case and shelf number; thirdly a modern label on free endpapers. Easton Neston's contents, including the library, were sold in 2005. A few lines from Francis Quarles poem, "My soul, chear [sic] up." on recto fly-leaf volume 1. Extremities slightly rubbed and most headcaps a little chipped; most hinges a little cracked or starting but all holding quite well; endpapers and some of text a little browned; fly-leaf and frontispiece volume 1 stained in lower inner margin; else a very good-looking, set. Wikipedia: "Amhurst was born at Marden, educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St John's College, Oxford. In 1719 he was expelled from the university, ostensibly for his irregularities of conduct, but in reality (according to his own account) because of his Whig principles. He satirized Oxford morals in Strepkon's Revenge; a Satire on the Oxford Toasts (1718), and he attacked from time to time the administration of the university and its principal members. An old Oxford custom permitted, on public occasions, a person to deliver from the rostrum a humorous, satirical speech, full of university scandal. This orator was known as Terræ filius. In 1721 Amhurst produced a series of bi-weekly satirical papers under this name, which ran for seven months and incidentally provides much curious information. These publications were reprinted in 1726 in two volumes as Terræ Filius; or, the Secret History of the University of Oxford. He collected his poems in 1720, and wrote another university satire, Oculus Britanniæ, in 1724. On leaving Oxford for London he became a prominent pamphleteer on the opposition (Whig) side. On the 5 December 1726 he issued the first number of The Craftsman, a weekly periodical, which he conducted under the pseudonym of Caleb D'Anvers. The paper was aimed mainly towards the overthrow of Sir Robert Walpole's government; there is some debate about its effects, with most historians agreeing it did little more than preaching to the converted. Nevertheless it reached a circulation of 10,000 copies and was one of the biggest magazines of its time with authors such as Henry Fielding, John Gay and Alexander Pope contributing to it. For this success Amhurst's editorship was not perhaps chiefly responsible. It was founded, and in the beginning financed, by Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke and William Pulteney, the latter being a frequent and caustic contributor. In 1737 an imaginary letter from Colley Cibber was inserted, in which he was made to suggest that many plays by Shakespeare and the older dramatists contained passages which might be regarded as seditious. He therefore desired to be appointed censor of all plays brought on the stage. This was regarded as a "suspected" libel, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of the printer. Amhurst surrendered himself instead, and suffered a short imprisonment. On the overthrow of the government in 1742 the opposition leaders did nothing for the useful editor of the Craftsman, and this neglect is said to have hastened Amhurst's death.". Buchnummer des Verkäufers 56818

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Titel: The Craftsman. 14 volumes (bound in 7) ...

Verlag: London; R Franklin -37

Erscheinungsdatum: 1731

Einband: Hardcover


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