Sir Roger de Coverly, Folio Society book, 18th C Spectator character, Addison, Steele and Budgell, wood engravings, hardback, slip cover

Folio Book Society

  • £7.50

Sir Roger de Coverly was a fictional character appearing in a series of articles in The Spectator in the early 18th century, created by Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele, and Eustace Budgell. The book is a lovely insight of life in London during those years.

This Folio Society version is their First Edition published in 1967. It is edited and introduced by John Hampden and features wood engraved illustrations by Richard Shirley Smith. There are 158 pages including a glossary. The book is presented in a black and brown patterned hardback cover with a brown leatherette spine and gilt tooled lettering. It has the protection of a strong brown cardboard slip cover.

This would be a lovely book for the student of 18th century English social history or indeed for anyone who reads The Spectator or is interested in the history of London. The look and feel of a nicely bound illustrated book like this makes the reading so much more satisfying and pleasurable.

The book is in good vintage condition, with no serious marks or scuffs. One of the hardback covers is not quite straight The slip cover is in very good condition, with only the slightest of marks from storage and age.

UK postage will be by second class post to keep costs to a minimum, so please expect that delivery may take up to a week after dispatch. If a faster service is required, please contact me prior to purchase.

Please view the photographs carefully to ensure you are happy with the description and condition before bidding. I am always willing to answer queries and provide more photographs on request.


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