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Rare 1708 Daniel DeFoe periodical...
Item # 690977
November 23, 1708
A REVIEW OF THE STATE OF THE BRITISH NATION, London, Nov. 23, 1708
* Rare Daniel Defoe periodical
* Early 18th century original
From research done by the prestigious London rare book firm of Pickering & Chatto, this is: "...one of Daniel Defoe's greatest, but least known, works. The Review covered his many interests, both literary and historical. It had a tiny original print run of just 400, making this a very rare title.
Defoe's "Review" played a significant role in the birth of the modern press. It was not so much a newspaper dealing in facts but a journal of opinion and discussion. But in some ways it was itself the most interesting example as it was the first of a new genre: the eighteenth-century periodical essay. It was ultimately the government's imposition of a stamp duty, not a decline in quality, that brought the Review to a close in 1713." (courtesy Pickering & Chatto)
Complete in 4 pages, measuring 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches and in very nice condition. A rare opportunity for a rare publication.
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