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ON THE MOST INTERESTING SUBJECTS.
Floriferis ut Apes in saltibus omnia libant,
Printed for J. Wilkie, at the Bible, in St. Paul's Churchyard.
The first number of The Bee, a weekly paper wholly conducted and written
by Goldsmith, appeared on Saturday, the 6th October, 1759. Its
appearance was thus announced : “Saturday next will be published (to be continued weekly, price three
pence), neatly printed in crown octavo and on good paper, containing two sheets, or thirty-two pages, stitched in blue covers, No. I. of a new
periodical paper intitled“ The Bee. Consisting of a variety of Essays on the Amusements, Follies,
and Vices in fashion : particularly the most recent Topics of Conversation : Remarks on Theatrical Exhibitions : Memoirs of Modern Literature, &c. &c. Printed for J. Wilkie, at the Bible in St. Paul's Church Yard, and to be had of all Booksellers and of the News Venders
in town and country. “*.* The Publisher begs leave to inform the Public, that every twelve
numbers will make a handsome pocket volume, at the end of which shall be given an emblematical frontispiece, title, and table of contents. Letters to the author of The Bee, directed to J. Wilkie as above (postpaid), will be duly regarded."--The Public Advertiser, Thursday,
4th Oct., 1759. After the publication of the first number, the following paragraph was
added :“N.B. This Pamphlet is entered according to Act of Parliament in the Hall
Book of the Company of Stationers. Whoever prints any part of it will
be prosecuted as the Law directs.” No. II. was announced somewhat differently “ This day is published, &c. &c., Number II. of a new periodical paper
called The Bee. The public is requested to compare this with other
Oct. 14, 1759.
the December of the same year, the numbers were collected into a volume entitled “ The Bee; being Essays on the most Interesting
Subjects." The Bee is here reprinted from the edition of 1759—the only omission being
four prose translations from Voltaire.
It is pos