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ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, Esq.
A NEW EDITION,
IN FOUR VOLUMES:
HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND CRITICAL.
Ου χρή παννύχιον εύδειν βεληφόρον άνδρα.
Tacit. Hift. lib. I. cap. 1.
“ Nemo apud nos qui idem tentaverit : equidem fentio peculiarem in
ftudiis caufam eorum effe, qui difficultatibus victis, utilitatem ju. vandi, prætulerunt gratiæ placendi. Res ardua vetuftis novitatem dare, novis auctoritatem, obsoletis nitorem, faftiditis gratiam, dubiis fidem, omnibus vero naturam, et naturæ fuæ omnia. Itaque NON ASSECUTis voluise, abunde pulchrum atque magnificum est."
C. Plin. Hift. Nat. Præf. ad Divum Vefpafianum.
SIR RICHARD STEELE's
THE OCTAVO EDITION IN 1710.
In the last TATLER I promised some explanation of passages and persons mentioned in this work, as well as fomo account of the assistances I have had in the performance. I shall do this in very few words; for when a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass. I have, in the dedication of the first volume, made my acknowledgments to Dr. SWIFT”, whose pleasant writings, in the name of BICKERSTAFF, created an inclination in the Town towards any thing
: The first four numbers of the original folio were printed for the Author, 1709;' the remaining numbers • Told by John Morphew, near Stationers' Hall, where Advertisements are taken in.' When collected into volumes, they were to be delivered
6 to be delivered to Subscribers by Charles Lillie, Perfumer, at the corner of Beauford Build ings in the Strand; and John Morphew, near Stationers' Hall ;' vol. i. and ii. in 1710; vol. iii. and iv. 1711.
Steele's original Dedications are all preserved in the present edition. The List of Subscribers contained the
eminent at that time for wit, beauty, valour, and wisdom. See the Dedication to the first vo. lume; and Tatler, No 162.
that could appear in the same disguise. I must acknowledge also, that, at my first entering upon this work, a certain uncommon way of thinking, and a turn in conversation peculiar to that agreeable gentleman, rendered his company very advantageous to one whose imagination was to be continually employed upon obvious and common subjects, though at the same time obliged to treat of them in a new and unbeaten method. His verses on the Shower in Town C, and the . Description of the Morning", are instances of the happiness of that genius, which could raise such pleasing ideas upon occasions so barren to an ordinary invention.
When I am upon the House of BICKERSTAFF, I must not forget that genealogy of the family! sent to me by the post, and written, as I since understand, by Mr. TWISDEN, who died at the battle of Mons, and has a monument in Westminster-abbey, suitable to the respect which is due to his wit and his valour. There are through the course of the work very many incidents which were written by unknown correfpondents. Of this kind is the tale in the fecond Tatler, and the epistle from Mr. Downes the prompter', with others which were very well received by the publick. But I have only one gentleman, who will be namelesss, to thank for • Tatler, No 238. Tatler, No 9.
Tatler, No 11, 75. Tatler, No 193. : The veil of secrecy has long since been removed; it was suspected before the Tatler was re-published in volumes, but it then became certain, that this auxiliary was
His name (as well as those of many hitherto unknown writers, of the Bickerftaf family,) will appear