Periodyssey Press

Welcome to the PERIODYSSEY PRESS page. PERIODYSSEY PRESS is the publishing arm of PERIODYSSEY. The PRESS has been publishing reference books on old paper since 1997.

balpThe Bibliography of American Literature in Periodicals ~ 19th Century
by Richard Samuel West and Steven Lomazow, MD.
This 200-page bibliography features more than 3,000 contributions to 180 magazines by the following writers: William Cullen Bryant, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry James, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, HD Thoreau, Wait Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier. The book is arranged into two major sections: Part I is organized by magazine title. For example, under the “Atlantic Monthly” heading, you’ll find a chronological listing of all issues with significant content. Under each issue is a listing of the important contributions within. Part II is organized by author. For example, under the “Herman Melville” heading, you’ll find an alphabetical listing of all of his contributions to American magazines.
$50 + $7 domestic s&h

liberatorindexThe Liberator Index 1918-1924
by Theodore F. Watts
March 2001, 107 pages, paperbound, illustrated.
The only index ever produced to the important post-WWI Socalist magazine. An indispensable guide for the scholar, the librarian, and the collector.
$20 + $7 domestic s&h

lightthatfailedcbThe Light That Failed
The History of an Unknown Magazine that Published the Work of a Galaxy of Emerging Stars
Octavo. 24 pp. Illustrated.
This is an off-print of an article by Richard Samuel West that appeared in American Periodicals, Fall 2009, detailing the history of Light (Chicago, 1889-1891), home to the first or early work of Will Bradley, W.W. Denslow, Fernand Lundgren, Hy Mayer, Peter Newell, and Horace Taylor, to name the most prominent.
$5 + $3 domestic s&h

massesindexThe Masses Index 1911-1917
by Theodore F. Watts
June 2000, 107 pages, paperbound, illustrated.
The only index ever produced to one of the great arts and letters magazines of the 20th century and the greatest Socialist magazine ever published. An indispensable guide for the scholar, the librarian, and the collector.
$20 + $7 domestic s&h

newmassesindexThe New Masses Index 1926-1933
by Theodore F. Watts
February 2002, 155 pages, paperbound, illustrated.
The only index ever produced to the important Communist magazine. An indispensable guide for the scholar, the librarian, and the collector.
$25 + $7 domestic s&h

williamnewmanWilliam Newman
A Victorian Cartoonist in London and New York
By Jane E. Brown and Richard Samuel West
88 pages, 43 illustrations, paperbound
William Newman, A Victorian Cartoonist in London and New York, tells the story of a forgotten 19th century cartoonist who was one of the founders of Punch and was later the chief cartoonist for Frank Leslie’s Budget of Fun during the Civil War. Brown and West recount his life story: poor working class roots in London, a decade on Punch, author of more than a dozen children’s books, the first cartoonist to immortalize Lincoln in caricature, America’s most exciting cartoonist during the Civil War.
Currently out of print.

thewaspThe San Francisco Wasp, An Illustrated History
By Richard Samuel West
iv+330 pp., bibliography, index
One hundred illustrations (88 are full-page plates, nearly all reproduced in full-color)
Limited to 400 signed and numbered hardback copies.
The San Francisco Wasp: An Illustrated History tells the story of one of the most colorful and unusual magazines ever published in America. Though The Wasp was a fixture on San Francisco newsstands for sixty-five years, it is best remembered for its glory days during the 19th century when, as a chromolithographic weekly devoted to politics and satire, it was the most widely read magazine on the West Coast. Now, for the first time, The Wasp’s story has been told, accompanied by 100 cartoons from the magazine, nearly all of them as they first appeared — in full color.
$90 + $14 domestic s&h

twstrongcbT.W. Strong
Pioneer Publisher of Pictorial Paper
Quarto. 16 pp. Illustrated.
This is an off-print of an article by Richard Samuel West that appeared in the Ephemera News, Summer 2009, profiling the life of T. W. Strong (1817-1892), engraver, printer, and publisher of such magazines as the Illustrated American News and Yankee Notions.
$5 + $3 domestic s&h