The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq.

Description
The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. was a third volume of the Tatler published by R. Gofling and M. Nutt of London in 1720. The Tatler was originally published three times a week from 1709-1711, and featured accounts of gallantry, entertainment, pleasure, poetry, and foreign and domestic news written in a jovial manner. The Tatler was written by Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, and occasionally Jonathan Swift, who used the nom de plume Isaac Bickerstaff as part of a hoax poking fun at the astrologer John Partridge.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
book
date made
1720-1730
associated date
1720
maker
Tattler, Addison
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/8 in x 3 7/8 in x 6 1/2 in; 2.8575 cm x 9.8425 cm x 16.51 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
DL*006868.016
catalog number
006868.016
accession number
28810
subject
Copp Collection
Cultures & Communities
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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