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A "newspaper" for commoners...



Item # 628444

December 11, 1755

THE CONNOISSEUR "By Mr. Town [pseud.], Critic, and Censor-General", London, Dec. 11, 1755  A weekly paper which lasted about 2 1/2 years as a "commoner's" counterpart to "The World" [which we sell as well], a periodical of about the same time which dealt more with the interests of aristocrats.
James Boswell says in his "Life of Johnson", "...I mentioned the periodical paper called 'THE CONNOISSEUR'. He said it wanted matter. — No doubt it had not the deep thinking of Johnson's writings. But surely it has just views of the surface of life, and a very sprightly manner. His opinion of 'THE WORLD' was not much higher than of 'THE CONNOISSEUR'..."
The focus of this issue is noted on the front page: "I have been some years married to one of the best women in the world. She possesses all the virtues that can be named: byt alas! She possesses some of them to excess...her superabundant good-nature, and her boundless generosity...".
Six pages, 7 by 11 1/2 inches, wide margins, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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