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    The Original 208 Issues of The Rambler

    Samuel Johnson. The Rambler. London: Payne & Bouquet, 1750-1752.

    First edition. Two small folio volumes. Pages numbered 1-598; 598-1244.

    Contemporary half-calf, professionally rebacked over marbled boards. Contemporary bookplates to front pastedowns of both volumes. Occasional English translations of Latin and Greek passages in ink by a previous owner. Bindings lightly worn; corners bumped. Mild foxing and age-toning to the pages. Overall, a set in very good condition.

    Samuel Johnson's The Rambler, a periodical, came out twice a week, from March 20th, 1750 to March 17th, 1752. Johnson was engaged in writing his pieces for The Rambler while working on his Dictionary of the English Language. "One of the jokes which ran about town was to the effect that Johnson employed hard words in the Rambler in order to render his forthcoming Dictionary indispensable" (Stuart J. Reid, The Essays of Samuel Johnson, p. xv).

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