Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science, and Art. Vol. I. January to June, 1853

By: [George William Curtis (editor); Henry David Thoreau (contributor)]

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Moderate rubbing to spine and joints. 3/8" loss to leather at edges of corners of boards. 1/4" missing to leather across tail of spine. 1/4" hole to leather in rear joint. Boards rubbed. Quite heavy patchy foxing throughout. Illustartions generally clean. Later pencil marginalia to some pages, including the article "Woman and the Woman's Movement". ; The first six issues of Volume One, monthly issues for January to June, 1853. Bound in one volume. iv, 703, [1] pages + 1 double-page wood engraving "New York - Bird's-Eye View from Union Square". There are another smaller 24 in-text wood-cut illustrations of New York buildings within the two parts of the article "New York Daguerreotyped". A few other in-text illustrations. 1 small map on page 185, "Harbor of Havana". 19th century half calf and green cloth boards. Binder's ticket on front endpaper, Culver & Page, 130 Lake St, Chicago. Tail of spine has "W. P. EGAN" in gilt, (?) this is not the name of the publisher. Page dimensions: 233 x 150mm (9 1/8" x 5 7/8"). Contents of this volume include the first three installments of Henry David Thoreau's "Excursion to Canada". The author's name is not printed, but this is by Henry David Thoreau. Putnam's Monthly Magazine only published 3 of 5 installments. "Unfortunately, Curtis chose to delete some lines about the Catholic Church which he thought too inflammatory, and, unable to resolve the ensuing dispute, Thoreau had Putnman return his Canada manuscript after only three of five installments were printed, along with his unpublished CapeCod manuscript." - Fink, "Thoreau and his Audience," pp. 83-84. Also includes "Our Young Authors - Melville" on pages 155-169. "Woman and the Woman's Movement" on pages 279-288, an article disparaging of the woman's movement - "The very virtue of woman, her practical sense, which leaves her indifferent to past and future alike, and keeps her the busy blessing of the present hour, disqualifies her for all didactic dignity. Learning and wisdom do not become her." - page 279. Includes the poem "The Mill Pond", author's name not printed, but by John Townsend Trowbridge. "During the past six months we have received from voluntary contributors, four hundred and eighty-nine articles, the greater part from writers wholly unknwon before. They came from every state and territory in the Union, with the single exception of Deseret, whose 'Saints,' probably, do not regard our Monthly as a fitting receptacle for their literary efforts." - from the final page, "Close of the First Volume". Steven Fink writes about 'Putnam's Monthly Magazine' in his essay "Thoreau and his Audience": "The first of five proposed installments of his [Thoreau's] "Excursion to Canada" appeared in the very first issue of Putnam's in January 1853. Putnam'swas an instantly popular monthly of the very highest literary quality, notable on several counts. As an adjunct to Putnam's book publishing firm, the magazine was following the lead of Harper Brothers, which had established Harper's Monthly Magazine three years earlier. Whereas Harper's had built its business largely on cheap reprints of British fiction,Putnam's explicitly announced itself as a forum for American writers." - Fink, page 83. [References: Borst D42 (for Thoreau - "An Excursion to Canada"); Fink, Steven "Thoreau in his Journal", in Myerson, Joel (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau" Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.]

Title: Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science, and Art. Vol. I. January to June, 1853

Author Name: [George William Curtis (editor); Henry David Thoreau (contributor)]

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam & Co.: 1853

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 21916