During the long eighteenth century the coffee-house brought about profound cultural transformations in English society. Much of the evidence for this view comes from printed satires, plays and histories of the period, many anonymous, fugitive and vulgar. This four-volume edition reprints in facsimile this rare body of texts, which greatly alters previous interpretations of the significance of the coffee-house as a social and democratic space. Eighteenth-Century Coffee-House Culture makes a substantial intervention in current debates about the nature of the public sphere and the culture of politeness.
The four volumes are bound in a most attractive colour, and include Restoration and eighteenth-century satire, drama, science, and contemporary history writing.
James Salter, 'A catalogue of the rarities to be seen at Don Saltero’s Coffee-house in Chelsea' in Markman Ellis, ed., Eighteenth-Century Coffee-House Culture, London, 2006, vol. 2, pp.169-186.
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