London: Smith, Elder and Co.; John Murray, (1860-1933).
Hardcover. Magazine. 105 bound volumes and 98 individual issues in wrappers. Octavos. A long run from 1860–1933 of this famous Victorian literary magazine known for debuting the works of many important English writers. The set includes volumes 1-29 (January 1860-June 1874), 34-114 (July 1876-December 1916), and volumes 125-129 (January 1922-June 1924) bound in contemporary publisher's cloth or full linen boards. Also included are 98 monthly issues (numbers 337-450) in the original printed wrappers (July 1924-December 1933, lacking July 1930, and May, November, and December 1931). Among the many complete works included in this long run are the first appearances of *Framley Parsonage*, *The Claverings*, and two other novels by Trollope, as well as Thackeray's *The Adventures of Philip* and his complete column: "Roundabout Papers." Other works from the 1860s include *Romola* by George Eliot, *Wives and Daughters* by Elizabeth Gaskell, *Armadale* by Wilkie Collins, *Unto This Last* by John Ruskin, *Culture and Anarchy* by Matthew Arnold, and Tennyson's "Tithonus." Works from the 1870s and 1880s include *The Adventures of Harry Richmond* by George Meredith, *Daisy Miller* and *Washington Square* by Henry James, *The Pavilion on the Links* and *The Merry Men* by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the first 29 chapters of *Far from the Madding Crowd* by Thomas Hardy. *J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement* was first published anonymously by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1884, and *The White Company* first appeared under his name in 1891-92. *The Lagoon* by Joseph Conrad appeared in 1897. *Cornhill* maintained its high reputation up through the 1930s. Works from the early 20th Century include poems and prose pieces by Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, Ford Madox Ford, and Katherine Tynan. The magazine also featured illustrations by George du Maurier, Frederic Leighton, Edwin Landseer, John Everett Millais, and other leading artists. Most were engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel, and include numerous full-page and folding plates. Most volumes from 1860 to 1901 are bound in contemporary publisher's cloth (with some rebound in full cloth), volumes from 1902 to 1924 are rebound in full cloth (most with the original wrappers included), and single monthly issues from the 1920s and early 1930s are in the original printed wrappers. Ex-library set with bookplates, most 19th Century volumes with a small embossed stamp on the title pages and a perforated stamp on the plates. The earliest volumes are chipped at the spines and edges, a few with split spines and detached boards, else overall a good set of bound volumes; the single issues in wraps are unmarked and very good or better. A very nice assemblage of notable 19th Century literature and illustrations.