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A "newspaper" for commoners...



Item # 670095

February 28, 1754

THE CONNOISSEUR "By Mr. Town [pseud.], Critic, and Censor-General", London, Oct. 23, 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 hinted as the ftpg. begins: "The explanation which you gave...of Good Company, has led me to consider the import & extend of the epithet GOOD...".
Six pages, 7 by 11 1/4 inches, wide margins, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 302 (released for January, 2021)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's