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JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-84, contributor) -- [HAWKESWORTH, John (?1715-1773, editor)]. The Adventurer. London: J. Payne, 1753-54.
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JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-84, contributor) -- [HAWKESWORTH, John (?1715-1773, editor)]. The Adventurer. London: J. Payne, 1753-54.

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JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-84, contributor) -- [HAWKESWORTH, John (?1715-1773, editor)]. The Adventurer. London: J. Payne, 1753-54.

2 volumes, small 2° (277 x 180mm). Numbers 1-140. Titles with engraved vignettes. (Two leaves of ‘Contents' and 'Mottos’ in vol. 1 detached and slightly crumpled, quire 2M in vol. 1 with 45mm. and 30mm. tears through centre of text causing loss of a few letters, a few closed marginal tears, occasional stains.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt, uniform with lot 341 (lightly rubbed).

ORIGINAL ISSUES. Hawkesworth was the editor and principal writer for The Adventurer, a new journal issued 7 November 1752–9 March 1754, in succession to the Rambler. Johnson contributed 25 papers signed 'T', and up to four others signed 'T. and Misargyrus.' About seventy papers were written by the editor whose achievements were rewarded in 1756 by grant of the Lambeth degree of doctor of laws from the archbishop of Canterbury. This honour gratified Hawkesworth but, as noted in ODNB, 'it failed to impress his Ivy Lane friends and caused a rupture in his friendship with Johnson, who felt that "Hawkesworth—who had set out as a modest, humble man — was one of the many whom success in the world had spoiled" (Prior, 441)’. Courtney and Smith 39; Rothschild 1120.
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