London: Printed for J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1751 [1750-1752]. First Edition. Folios, 2 volumes; VG-; bound in contemporary full mottled brown leather, paneled spines with burgundy and black labels and gilt lettering, repeating gilt pattern in other panels; front board of volume 1 largely loose, but still attached; moderate rubbing and wear, to heads and tails of spines, hinges, corners; single gilt roll to board edges; title page in volume 1, No titlepage issued for vol. 2; some mild bookworm damage to front and rear endpapers of both volumes, primarily to margins; wide margins; name of Robt Westfield 1776 on sfeps; small repair to page 1 of volume 1; Pagination is continuous;.
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Published semi-weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from Mar. 20, 1750, to Mar. 17, 1752, in 208 parts. It was Johnson's most consistent and sustained work in the English language. The Rambler was written primarily for the newfound, rising middle-class of the 18th century, who sought social fluency within aristocratic social circles. It was especially targeted to the middle-class audience that were increasingly marrying into aristocratic families in order to create socio-economic alliances, but did not possess the social and intellectual tools to integrate into those higher social circles which required great understanding of subjects. Copies of The Rambler were written in essay form and were made cheaply available to the middle-class. wikipedia]
Fleeman 50.3R/1a.; ESTC Citation No. P1922;