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The South-Western Monthly, a Journal Devoted to: Wales, William &

Wales, William & John Roberts (Publishers)

Published by Wales & Roberts, Nashville (1852)

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Item Description: Wales & Roberts, Nashville, 1852. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Volumes 1 & 2 (All Published) ; Vol 1, Jan - Jun 1852; Vol 2, Jul - Dec 1852; Both Volumes Rebacked in Attractive Blue Cloth Spine Decorated and Titled in Gilt over Yellow Marbled Boards; A Presentation Copy from the Publisher, John Roberts, to the Tennessee Historical Society Dated Feb 11th, 1858; The Original Presentation has been preserved along with an elaborate Nashville Binder's Ticket on the refreshed endpapers. ; A SCARCE Tennessee periodical dedicated to bringing the popular monthly magazine format to "The South West" with a heavy dose of local interest subjects and stories. Articles on Tennessee agriculture, culture, politics and history were included in addition to the standard literature, poetry and fashion pieces typical of the period. The monthly is most noted for its series of 12 articles entitled "The Early History of the Southwest". This was a collection of narratives written by various authors detailing harrowing frontier scenes. After the monthly ceased publication following the December 1852 issue, they were collected in book form and published in 1853 as "INDIAN BATTLES, MURDERS, SEIGES [sic] AND FORAYS IN THE SOUTH-WEST. " Articles include "Sketch of the Captivity of Col. Joseph Brown" (two articles) , "The Indian Massacres in the Vicinity of Bosley's Spring. ," "Indian Murders around Nashville - Narrative of John Davis, Esq. ," "Scalping of Thomas Everett and his two sisters, near Buchanan's Fort." , "Indian Battles and Murders - Narrative of General Hall" , "Perils Attending Emigration from Virginia to the West." , "The Levy of Men Sent From North Carolina", "Incidents in the Early Settlement of Davidson County', "Narrative of Mr. Samuel Blair", "Letter of Dr. Shelby", "Narrative of John Carr", "Narrative of John Rains" and "Massacre at Cavet's Station". Virtually all of the narratives describe Indian fights in Tennessee between the 1780s and the War of 1812. All examples of the book and proceeding articles in monthly form are of exceeding rarity ("the magazines are considered frontier periodicals of extreme rarity - the 1853 book is all but unobtainable" , Allen ). Volume 1 contains 10 of 12 plates called-for plus 4 Fashion Plates; Volume 2 has 5 Plates, 2 of which are called-for in Volume 1 and 1 not called-for depicting an untitled Military Parade before a Barracks Complex (Local? ) ; Volume 2 Lacks Fashion Plates; It is difficult to ascertain if a full complement of plates is possible, as statements by the publisher's in the monthly repeatedly speak of difficulty in obtaining the plates, delays, promises to forward plates at later dates, etc. The text is tight, clean and unmarked with light scattered foxing most evident in the vicinity of the plates. The only Institutional Markings include "22067" stamped diminutively at the bottom of the "List of Embellishments" for each volume, plus "Tennessee Historical Society" in an old brown ink at the head of the titlepage of volume 2 and a barely noticeable blindstamp at the bottom corner of the same in each volume. A Beautiful Set! ! ! References, HOWES W30. ALLEN RARITIES 47. ALLEN IMPRINTS 3160.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 5970

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