Cincnnati: Corey and Fairbank. Very Good. 1833-34. First Edition. Hardcover. The first three volumes containing the earliest issues of this magazine, Vol. 1, January-December 1833; Volume II, January-December 1834; and Volume III, January-December 1835. Bound in three-quarter leather over faded dark cloth boards with soil and rubbed and bumped corners and edges. Spines have bright gilt imprint, binding tight. Speckled edges, marbled endpapers, and soil on top edges. Some foxing throughout, a few tears, and some dampstains on top margins. Several plates with tissue guards illustrate some issues. James Hall (1793-1868) was an early attorney, judge, state treasurer, and writer in Illinois, where he settled in 1820. His notable writings included the History of the Indian Tribes of North America, written with Thomas McKenney, and several books and travel guides to the West. His earlier publication The Illinois Monthly Magazine became the Western Monthly Magazine in 1833. In the February 1834 issue is the first published fiction by Harriet Beecher, "Isabelle and Her Sister Kate, and Their Cousin", and in the April 1834 issue is "A New England Sketch" , Beecher's second story, published as a prize winner by the magazine. Beecher's family and James Hall belonged to the same literary club in Cincinnati, the Semi-Colon Club. This collection of issues is hard to find outside institutional collections. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall . (Inventory #: 011808)
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