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The famous "Tatler" newspaper...



Item # 652459

September 15, 1709

THE TATLER, London, Sept. 15, 1709  The issue comes from the Louis Nierijnck collection (one of the more renowned collectors from the Netherlands - now deceased), and is accompanied by his typewritten note providing historical context for the issue.
Background: The Tatler 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 placed in each of the city's popular coffeehouses: accounts of manners and mores were datelined from White's; literary notes from Will’s; notes of antiquarian interest were dated from the Grecian Coffee House; and news items from St. James’s. It was published three times a week for less than two years, from April 12, 1709 to January 2, 1711.
Single sheet, 7 1/2 by 13 inches, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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