The New-England Magazine (Boston)
Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 1831) to Vol. 9, No. 6 (December 1835), a total of fifty-four issues, a complete run, bound by the publisher in nine volumes of cloth spines and buff boards with paper spine labels. Octavos. On close inspection, the sharp eyed can see that the cloth of volumes 8 and 9 do not exactly match that of the first seven volumes. Bindings are sound and tight, lightly worn at edges, mottled and scuffed, and two of the spines have closed tears to the cloth. The spine labels are new, expertly mimicking the style of the badly worn originals (which are retained underneath). Overall, the set is quite attractive with the look of authentic early Americana. Contents are near fine and untrimmed, except for the top edge, with the usual foxing. $1,600
The New-England Magazine was, in Mott’s estimation, “perhaps the most important general magazine published in New England before the birth of The Atlantic Monthly…” (Mott/I/599). It achieved that distinction by paying contributors $1 a page for their work. As a consequence, contributions poured in, some of them quite good. Longfellow was a contributor right from the start (July 1831). Holmes and Whittier soon followed. But the magazine did not prosper. When the editor, Edwin Buckingham, died in 1833, his father, Joseph Buckingham, also the publisher, continued the magazine for a year. Then he sold it to Samuel Howe and John Sargent. They edited the magazine for four months (November 1834-February 1835) and in turn sold it to Park Benjamin, just then beginning his long editorial career. Benjamin published ten more issues, before the magazine collapsed and was merged with the American Monthly Magazine of New York. These volumes contain twenty-three contributions by Longfellow (including his novel in parts, “The Schoolmaster”), twelve contributions by Whittier (including his two-part poem, “Mogg Megone”), and fifteen contributions by an unknown writer later revealed to be Nathaniel Hawthorne. Critics agree that many of these fifteen pieces represent Hawthorne at the height of his literary powers. These volumes contain the first appearances of “Young Goodman Brown” (April 1835), one of the greatest American short stories of the 19th century, “The Story Teller” (November and December 1834), “The Gray Champion” (January 1835), “Old News. Nos. I-III” (February, March, and May 1835), “Wakefield” (May 1835), “The Ambitious Guest” and “A Rill From the Town Pump” (June 1835) “The Old Maid in the Winding Sheet” (July 1835), “The Vision in the Fountain” (August 1835), “The Devil In Manuscript” (November 1835), and “Sketches From Memory” (November and December 1835). Also in these volumes are his “My Visit to Niagara” (February 1835) and “Graves and Goblins” (June 1835). We are pleased to be able to offer a complete run of this landmark magazine of American literature in publisher’s binding. Its scarcity is surpassed only by its importance.