THE MUSEUM OF FOREIGN LITERATURE AND SCIENCE.

[Various places and publishers (see below)]. 1827-1833. Broken run of twelve volumes, described below. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines ruled in gilt, gilt leather labels. Front board of volume XII detached, bindings of most volumes rubbed and with wear to spine ends. Minimal foxing generally, more prevalent in the final volume. About very good. Item #WRCAM55040

A run of twelve volumes of a leading American periodical. THE MUSEUM OF FOREIGN LITERATURE AND SCIENCE grew out of a weekly newspaper founded in 1818 by Eliakim Littell and R. Norris Henry called the PHILADELPHIA REGISTER. In 1822 it became a monthly under the present name and "for twenty years it was the leading American eclectic" (Mott). Like many such periodicals, it gained most of its news and information from British magazines. The majority of its contents were reviews, poetry, literary and scientific news, biographical sketches of authors, lists of new publications, and articles on literature, almost exclusively British. "The plates, which came to be a prized feature of the magazine, began in 1827, but were not published regularly until 1830; they added much to the attractiveness of the periodical" - Mott. In 1833 the name was changed yet again, to THE MUSEUM OF FOREIGN LITERATURE, SCIENCE AND ART (see Vol. XXII below). The volumes included in this grouping are: 1) Vol. X. January to June, 1827. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. Carvill, 1827. 572pp. with engraved portraits and illustrations. Front board nearly detached. 2) Vol. XII. January to April, 1828. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. Carvill, 1828. 706pp. with engraved portraits and illustrations. Front board detached, rear hinge loosening. 3) Vol. XIII. July to December, 1828. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell & Brother; G. & C. Carvill, 1828. 766pp. with engraved portraits and illustrations. Front board nearly detached. 4) Vol. XIV. January to June, 1829. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1829. 574pp. with engraved illustrations and portraits. Front board loosening. 5) Vol. XV. July to December, 1829. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell & Brother; G. &. C. & H. Carvill, 1829. 574pp. with engraved illustrations and portraits. 6) Vol. XVI. January to June, 1830. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell & Brother; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830. 574pp. with engraved illustrations and portraits. Front board nearly detached. 7) Vol. XVII. July to December, 1830. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830. 573pp. with engraved plates and illustrations. 8)Vol. XVIII. January to June, 1831. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1831. 576pp. with engraved plates and illustrations. 9) Vol. XIX. July to December, 1831. Philadelphia & New York: E. Littell; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1831. 718pp. including engraved plates and portraits. 10) Vol. XX. January to June, 1832. Philadelphia & New York: E. Little; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1832. 669pp. including several engraved portraits and plates. 10) Vol. XXI. July to December, 1832. Philadelphia, Baltimore & New York: E. Littell; E. J. Coale; and G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1832. 584pp. with portraits and sketches. 12) THE MUSEUM OF FOREIGN LITERATURE, SCIENCE AND ART. Vol. XXII. January to June, 1833. Philadelphia, Boston & New York: E. Little and T. Holden; Kane & Co.; G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1833. 837pp. including several engraved portraits and plates. Prevalent foxing, else fine. MOTT, AMERICAN MAGAZINES I, pp.130 and 306-09.

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