The monthly magazine.Vol. XII.

The monthly magazine.Vol. XII.

Published by R. Phillips, London, 1801
Soft cover
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Collected issues of this monthly "literary journal," which actually served as a catchall also for general news and very various items of interest ? including articles on natural history and voyages or travels; wedding, bankruptcy, and death notices; remarks on pictures, or on theatrical and musical performances; and assorted free-floating anecdotes and witticisms, as well as original poetry and reviews of contemporary publications. The contents are indexed; among the items of interest in this particular volume are a brief, skeptical analysis of the Ossian poems signed by one "Meirion," a report on education of the deaf and dumb, a letter to the editor protesting the sport of bull-baiting, and news of a pregnant wife and mother who, in the throes of depression (she had "evinced a disposition to be very low-spirited" during her previous pregnancies), drowned herself and three of her children, which act the writer considers a "most horrible example of a crime almost new to human nature." A preface to another volume in this series notes that "by means of some new literary connexions in America, we shall possess peculiar advantages in presenting to our Readers, accounts of the most interesting circumstances belonging to the United States" ? and it was an American reader, in fact, who owned the present example. Provenance: Front pastedown with inked ownership inscription of Joshua Gilpin, a Quaker from Philadelphia who established the first paper mill in Delaware, in 1787. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 644 pp. Marbled paper?covered boards, much chipped and worn, with joints cracking and large portions of spine leather lost or worn down; sewing going, with some leaves separated. Some signatures uncut; page edges untrimmed and in some cases browned. Occasional edge chips. Volume now housed in a simple, acid-free phase box. Bookseller Inventory # 5149

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Title: The monthly magazine.Vol. XII.

Publisher: R. Phillips, London

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Soft cover

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