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THE BRITISH APOLLO, OR, CURIOUS AMUSEMENTS FOR THE INGENIOUS TO WHICH ARE ADDED THE MOST MATERIAL OCCURRENCES FOREIGN AND DOMESTICK. Performed by a Society of Gentlemen

Folio (8" x 12-1/2") bound in 19th century half brown leather with leather corners and marbled boards; [2], [516], 14 pages. The first volume of this scarce periodical containing a title page, 117 four-page issues, 12 supernumerary numbers, and an extensive index covering the period of 13 February 1708 to 25 March 1709. Without the two 12-page quarterly issues. The periodical would stop publication in 1711. Edited by Aaron Hill and Marshall Smith, with probable contributions from John Gay, John Arbuthnot, and Samuel Garth, among others. Contains questions from readers and answers from contributors on miscellaneous topics including theology, science, mathematics, natural history, medicine, music, customs, manners, etc. with foreign news, news of war, shipping, advertisements, and much poetry, often ribald. Contemporary manuscript notation on verso of title page by former owner titled "The Disparity" about Sampson signed "Thomas Mellin his own Book." On two blanks at the rear is manuscript music titled "A Song By Mr. H[enry] Purcell," which is his well-known composition "What Can We Poor Females Do" written in 1694. There is also a small sheet of paper laid in with a manuscript statement in an early hand about the volume's contents. Bookplate of Isaac John Greenwood on the front pastedown. Old, mostly rather faint dampstain at bottom of many pages; binding rather worn but intact with a one-inch chip at the head of the spine. About Very Good