1790. Item #78908
[STEELE, Richard] Authors of the Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian. THE TOWN TALK, THE FISH POOL, THE PLEBEIAN, THE OLD WHIG, THE SPINSTER &c. London: John Nichols, 1790. First Collected in 1789: A New Edition. Title page engraving of Steele and two plates. iv + 439 pp. + 1 p. publisher's advertisement. 8vo., leather, rebacked. Erased owner's pencil notes, ffep, indentation still visible; personal bookplate on front pastedown. Very good, spine rules, decoration, extremities gilt. Leather well-cared for. 1 inch closed tear in text on pp. 27-28. Steele's collection of letters, speeches, short pieces; the Peerage Bill; the Spinster, "in Defence of the Callicoe Manufactures" (humorous response to "The Weaver's True Case..." 1719 pamphlet decrying the wearing of printed calico and linen "destructive to the Woolen and Silk Manufactories").