New York: George P. Scott, 1829, 1832.
Softcover. Magazine. Eleven issues. Quartos. pp. Folio sheets folded once. A tiny bit of adhesive along one edge indicates these were once bound but all the folds remain intact with bright whites pages, light wear at the edges and some scattered spots, overall near fine. This weekly New York magazine, which ran for 20 years, was founded by George Pope Scott and Samuel Woodworth in August 1823 to cover the local art and literature scene. It succeeded where numerous other contemporary literary periodicals failed by publishing material attractive to the general audiences rather than to an overly refined one. The newspaper was later renamed *The Evening Mirror* in 1843 and published a number of articles and poems by Edgar Allan Poe, including his poetic masterpiece, "The Raven." Each issue contains poetry, stories, essays, and articles, most of American origin with a few foreign reprints mixes among them. Selections from these issues include: "Travels in North America" by Captain Basil Hall, a travelogue critical of the United States (Number 8); an article on a young Clara Fisher, later called the world's oldest actress (Number 10); the first appearance of "The Little Genius" by Joseph Dewey Fay (Number 12); and a biography of Robert Fulton with an engraving based on a painting by Henry Inman (Volume X, Number 3). *OCLC* locates no copies from 1829, though numerous copies from 1832. A remarkably nice collections of this early American literary magazine.