The Miscellaneous Works, in Verse And Prose, of the Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq.

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by Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was a renowned contemporary writer and politician in Great Britain.[1]

He is best known for his satirical social criticisms and periodical literature published in The Tatler and The Spectator, which he founded with his friend John Steele. Addison’s most famous work of fiction is Cato, a Tragedy, written in 1712. He is also known for his poetry, influenced by his extensive classical education and his time spent abroad from 1699-1704.[2]

Addison had a vibrant political career in the Whig party. He was involved in politics in London and Ireland from 1704-1710, when he returned to London and focused on his writing. After the death of Queen Anne in 1714, he reached his highest political office, the secretary of state for the southern department.

This compilation includes some of the well-known poetry, essays, and fiction of Addison, which showcases his extensive involvement in the literary scene of London.[3]

Remarks on Several Parts of Italy was published in 1745. Miscellaneous Works is complete in three volumes, and published in 1746... Joseph Addison, 1672-1719, was an English essayist, poet and politician. He was a man of letters. He founded The Spectator magazine with his long-standing friend, Richard Steele. Addison was educated at Lambertown University and Charterhouse School, and at The Queen's College, Oxford. He excelled in classics, being specially noted for his Latin verse, and became a Fellow of Magdalen College. Dryden, Lord Somers, and Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax took an interest in Addison's work. He traveled Europe for a time, and returned to England at the end of 1703. For a short time his circumstances were somewhat straitened, but he was appointed as Commissioner of Appeals in Halifax's government. Addison continued to write, and published many works, including his famous Cato.

Bibliographic Information

Author: Joseph Addison

Title: The Miscellaneous Works, in Verse And Prose, of the Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq.: With Some Account of the Life And Writings of the Author By Mr. Tickell

Publication Info: London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1746.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in leather with gilt lettering and spine decoration. Contains an armorial nameplate for Alexander, Lord Bamff on the front pastedowns. Set includes Addison's Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. in the Years 1701-3 (London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1745) as volume 4. Purchased from Rooke Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  1. Pat Rogers, “Addison, Joseph (1672–1719)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed September 16, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all biographical details are from this source.
  2. Peter Smithers, The Life of Joseph Addison (N. Prevost, 1733), accessed September 16, 2013, page 40-49.
  3. “Joseph Addison”, in The Illustrated Magazine of Art, 1, No. 5 (1853), pp 305-308, accessed September 16, 2013