Philadelphia: Printed by Tesson and Lee; Samuel F. Bradford; T.L. Plowman; Robert Carr; Samuel F. Bradford, 1803. Early American Edition. Hardcover. 8 vol. 12mo. , vi-xxiv, , 4-373, ; , 6-379, ; , 2-359, ; , vi-vii, , 10-341, ; , 8-328, ; , 8-340, ; , vi-vii, , 10-387, ; , 10-313,  pp. Contemporary mottled calf with the spines in six compartments, gilt rules on the spines, a red morocco label lettered in gold on each spine, volume number in gold on each spine. Evans 5090. The famous humor magazine collected in eight volumes. Oxford DNB, Pat Rogers, "Addison, Joseph, (1672–1719)". The Spectator was published continuously, six days a week for just over a year. It is considered one of the most significant literary contributions to pre-industrial Britain. The periodical went through over 500 issues and sold thousands of copies per each issue. Addison and Steele's publication set a new standard for English periodicals. The publication was frequently reprinted over the next two hundred years, after its original publication ended in 1712. Very Good. Item #000010599
Moderate rubbing to the calf; a contemporary name on each title page, some foxing to the preliminaries.