ID: 26842
£375.00
The Devil: containing a review and investigation of all public subjects whatever;

PERIODICAL: THE DEVIL,, The Devil: containing a review and investigation of all public subjects whatever; calculated to furnish the world with every material intelligence and remark, relative to literature, arts, arms, commerce, men, measures, the Court, the Cabinet, the Senate, the Bar, the Pulpit, and the Stage; which, together with all other of the various topics that excite universal curiosity, will be treated with no less firmness and freedom, than fairness and candour. - The whole self-evidently intended as a disinterested and handsome tribute to the liberty of the English press. the above work (in consequence of a very extraordinary visitation and suggestion to the editor) is set on foot by a Society of Literary Gentlemen. ..... Second edition with corrections. [London] printed by Denew & Grant ..... and sold by W.S. Fores; C. Cough; and by all the booksellers in town and country. n.d. [but 1786-1787].

Issue nos. 1-13 in one vol., 8vo., 48 + (2) + 50 - 64 + (5) + 65 - 80 + (5) + 82 - 96 + (5) + 98 - 112 + (5) + 114 - 128 + (5) + 130 - 144 + (5) + 146 - 160 + (5) + 162 - 176 + (5) + 178 - 192 + (5) + 194 - 206 + (2)pp., occasional rustspots and very minor blemishes, contemporary marbled boards, wear to edges and corners, rebacked and labelled. A good set with the 20th century bookplate of E. Rimbault Dibdin, the art historian and museum curator, and presumed relative of Charles Dibdin.

The first volume of 13 issues of this very rare weekly journal, edited by Charles Dibdin, which finally ran to a total of 21 issues. Crane & Kaye 170. Times Handlist p.46. NOBEL, II, 1287. But all holdings are rare, and most are of these first 13 issues only. See, e.g. Huntington, Yale and Lib. of Congress. This is a particularly curious compilation by Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), the actor, composer, and author, comprising a mixture of introspection, theatrical comments and criticism, and verse.