[Steele, Richard; Addison, Joseph; et al]. The Guardian: Volume the First. London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1747. 
Sometime rebound in brown buckram, title and volume no. in gilt to spine. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, library stamps on end papers and title page, and on rear end papers. In addition to the main contents there is a general title page, Dedication, The Publisher to the Reader, and an Index for this volume. Title page dark at the edges, rest fine. There are a few old repairs to several pages; the binding is tight with generally light foxing, darker at the title page and index. Good. Hardcover.
This volume contains the first 82 issues of the periodical, from March 12, 1713 to June 15, 1713.
"The Guardian was a short-lived newspaper published in London from 12 March to 1 October 1713. It was founded by Richard Steele and featured contributions from Joseph Addison, Thomas Tickell, Alexander Pope and Ambrose Philips. Steele and Addison had previously collaborated on the Tatler and The Spectator (after which the present-day Spectator and Tatler are named). Button's Coffee House in Russell Street, Covent Garden, acted as an ad hoc office for the newspaper. Contributors submitted written material in a marble lion's head letterbox, said to have been designed by the artist William Hogarth, for possible publication in The Guardian.
"The Gentleman's Magazine followed on the heels of The Guardian, being touted by Richard Steele as a sequel of it." - wikipedia.