The Idler.

The Idler.

Publisher: London: Printed for J. Newbery, 1761.
Edition: First collected edition.
Bibliographical References: Fleeman 58.4Id/2a; Rothschild 1248; Chapman & Hazen, page 142.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed and chipped at the head and feet of the spines; hinges skillfully repaired; very good copy.
Book ID: 28264


2 vols, 12mo, contemporary speckled calf, red morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Three pages of publisher's advertisements in volume two.


The 104 sketches and essays that first appeared between April 15, 1758 and April 5, 1760 in the weekly newspaper Universal Chronicle; all but 12 were written by Samuel Johnson. The other contributors included Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Warton. Neat small ink signature of E. H. Greenly dated 1829 on each title-page; and with his bookplate on the front paste-downs.

Price: $750.00