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Lot 1109: 2V Charles Knight ANTIQUE PENNY MAGAZINE BOUND COMPILATIONS 1832 Society For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge Working Class Wood Engravings Whig Party
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Book Details: This lot consists of the bound compilations of "The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" shown in the corresponding images.
Present are the first two volumes of Penny Magazine (Boston: B. F. and J. J. Greenborough, 1832).
The Penny Magazine was an illustrated British magazine aimed at the working class, published every Saturday from 31 March 1832 to 31 October 1845. Charles Knight created it for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in response to Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, which started two months earlier. Sold for only a penny and illustrated with wood-engravings, it was an expensive enterprise that could only be supported by very large circulation. Though initially very successful with a circulation of 200,000 in the first year it proved too dry and too Whiggish to appeal to the working-class audience it needed to be financially viable.
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Condition / Notes: The antique volumes, measuring approximately 7.5" by 11.5", are bound in quarter-leather with marbled paper covers and stamped gilt lettering on the spines. There is moderate external rubbing and scuffing. The pages show moderate age toning and spotting/foxing. The first volume contains 572 pages, with Preface. The second volume also has 572 pages, with an index and a list of 257 illustrations. Both volumes include numerous wood engravings.
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