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The Champion: Containing a Series of Papers, Humorous, Moral, Political and Critical. To Each of Which is Added, a Proper Index to the Times
London: J. Huggonson, 1741. First edition thus. Full-page woodcut on p. 283, vol. II. [ii], ix, [i], 360; [ii], 360 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary full calf, red morocco title and shelfmark labels. Spines rubbed, with some chipping to labels, titles with marginal offsetting from binding. First edition thus. Full-page woodcut on p. 283, vol. II. [ii], ix, [i], 360; [ii], 360 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. The first book edition of this collection of lead essays from Fielding's first periodical, published with his friend James Ralph under the shared pseudonym Captain Hercules Vinegar. The Champion ran from 15 November 1739-19 June 1740 and was issued first as a folio broadsheet and then expanded to four pages; individual issues are extremely rare, with none of the earliest issues surviving at all. Fielding wrote some 50 pieces, and his contributions are signed "C" or "L." "[The Champion] mixed humour with moral, social, and, most particularly, with political commentary promoting the opposition's campaign against Walpole" (ODNB). Cross III, p. 305. Provenance: Charles Craigie (armorial bookplate); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate)
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