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The famous "Tatler" newspaper rails against publishing "pirates"...



Item # 637948

December 1, 1709

THE TATLER, London, Dec. 1, 1709 This newspaper was founded in this year by Richard Steele who used the nom de plume "Isaac Bickerstaff, Esquire", the first such consistently adopted journalistic persona. Steele's idea was to publish the news and gossip heard in London coffeehouses, hence the title, leaving the subject of politics to the newspapers. To assure complete coverage of local gossip, a reporter was typically placed in each of the city's popular coffeehouseswith datelines from such. But this issue is datelines: "From my own Apartment, November 30".
A great issue for bibliophiles as the front page has an article in which great rage is expressed against those whom the author calls pirates, who take books, poetry & sermons as soon as they appear & publish them in smaller editions using cheaper paper for less money. One bit notes: "...These miscreants are a set of wretches we authors call Pirates...I was in my rage calling them rascals, plunderers, robbers, highwaymen; but they acknowledge all that & are pleased with those, as well as any other titles; nay, will print them themselves to turn the penny..." with much more on his hatred towards them.
It was published three times a week for less than two years, from April 12, 1709 to January 2, 1711.
Single sheet, 7 1/4 by 13 inches, great condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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