Peter Smith

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Addison’s Lion & London Coffeehouses

I am just rereading Matthew Green’s enjoyable article on the early history of London coffeehouses (see: http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/08/07/the-lost-world-of-the-london-coffeehouse/; see also: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9153317/London-cafes-the-surprising-history-of-Londons-lost-coffeehouses.html).

The article reminded me of Joseph Addison’s marble lion in Button’s coffeehouse in which patron’s were encouraged to place letters, poems and stories for possible publication in one of his journals (compare the ‘lions’ of Venice with their anonymous denunciations of wrongdoing). Green provides a nice drawing of the lion).

On London coffeehouses, I have also just come across:

1. Markman Ellis. The Coffee House: A Cultural History. = http://www.amazon.com/The-Coffee-House-Cultural-History/dp/0297843192

& 2. Alexander Hardie-Forsyth. ‘The bookshelf in the coffeehouse’: = http://goodhumour.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/exhibition/the-bookshelf-in-the-coffeehouse/

File:Joseph Addison by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg

Portrait of Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

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