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Illustrated sources: Miscellanies

The Fly

The Fly, a literary and pictorial miscellany

Date range: 1837-1840

First published: 1837

Frequency: Weekly

Price: 2d

Content: News, fables, biographies, poetry, song, advertisements. Similar to The Star.

Illustration: Illustrated with ‘lithographic drawings by eminent artists’. Each issue came with an ‘exquisitely-executed lithographic print’. Each issue contained 2 pages plus a print. These tended to be sentimental, domestic scenes, otherwise they were connected with news events.

 

The Star

The Star

Date range: 1837-1841

First published: 1837

Frequency: Weekly

Price: 2d

Content: An aspirational publication aimed at the working class, the main purpose of each issue was to supply an affordable, quality lithograph with which to decorate the home. ‘The object of this publication, which is entirely devoted to subjects of miscellaneous interest, unconnected with politics, is to supply the lovers of art with a unique and original work.’ Printed on low quality multi-coloured paper – yellow, pink, green, orange, blue, purple. Similar to The Fly.

Illustration: Two pages plus a lithographic plate relating to the lead feature.

 

Good Words

Good Words

Date range: 1868

First published: 1860

Frequency: Monthly

Price: 6d, half the price of the Cornhill.

Content: Good Words was aimed at a devout, middle class audience. The magazine included overtly religious material, but also fiction and nonfiction articles on general subjects, including science, by popular middlebrow writers. The intention was to provide content suitable for families to read on Sundays. In 1906 it merged with the weekly publication, Sunday Magazine.

Illustration: Plates, insets, borders, wood engraved images on most pages. Full page illustrations by reputable artists such as Millais and Holman Hunt.

 

Gentleman's Magazine

Gentleman’s Magazine

Date range: 1731-1763; 1765-1788; Jul. 1789-1799; 1801-1815; 1817-1866; Jul.-Dec. 1867; Jul. 1870-Jun. 1872; 1873-1875; Jul. 1876-1907

Online: 1731-1750

First published: 1731

Frequency: Monthly

Content: Founded in 1731, the Gentleman’s Magazine ran uninterrupted for 200 years, making it an excellent source for comparative historical studies. It was notable for aiming at political neutrality in its reporting, a concept unheard of at that time. Its aim was to provide a monthly digest of news and commentary on public affairs and politics, plus book reviews, current prices for various commodities, stock prices, births, deaths, and weather reports. It mostly collected, edited and republished articles of interest from other newspapers, but also carried original content from regular contributors. It made the first use of the term ‘magazine’ (meaning ‘storehouse’) to refer to a periodical.

Finding aids: A list of wood engraved illustrations is provided at the beginning of each volume.

Illustration: One or two illustrations each month.

 

Harper's Monthly Magazine

Harper’s Monthly Magazine

Date range: 1880-1910; 1913-1914; [1930-1947 incomplete]

Online: 1850-1899

First published: Launched in 1850, with a British edition in 1880, it is still in print today.

Frequency: Monthly

Content: An American monthly magazine publishing literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts, with a generally liberal perspective.

Finding aids: Articles and illustrations are listed at the beginning of each volume.

Illustration: Illustrations are frequent and often produced using photomechanical processes. 

 

Saturday Magazine

Saturday Magazine

Date range: 1833-1844

First published: 1832

Frequency: Weekly

Price: 1d

Content: The Saturday Magazine was an Anglican rival to the Penny Magazine. Aimed at the self-education of the working man, a typical issue began with an account of some exotic place; at this time the British Empire was expanding rapidly and there was great interest in the discoveries this led to. Other articles cover nature, science, history, and technology.

Finding aids: An index to engravings is provided at the beginning of each volume.

Illustration: One half-page engraving on frontispiece, inset engravings

 

Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction

Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction

Date range: 1823-1847

First published: 1822

Frequency: Weekly

Price: 2d

Content: 16 pages of miscellaneous content reprinted from books and other periodicals. Subtitle reads describes the contents: ‘original essays; historical narratives; biographical memoirs; sketches of society; topographical descriptions; novels and tales; anecdotes; selected extracts from new and expensive works; poetry, original and selected; the spirit of the public journals; discoveries in the arts and sciences; useful domestic hints, etc.’

Illustration: One half-page engraving on frontispiece.

 

Irish Penny Magazine

Irish Penny Journal

Date range: 1840-41

Online: 1840-1841

First published: 1840

Frequency: Weekly

Price: 1d

Content: The Irish Penny Journal was founded in 1840 and lasted just one year. The magazine contained biographies, folklore, legends and topographical descriptions. Such popular journals were an important channel for disseminating knowledge of Irish history among a wider Irish readership.

Finding aids: A list of engravings is provided at the front of the volume.

Illustration: Illustration of front page of each to accompany lead article.