Lot 1369: Charles Knight ANTIQUE PENNY MAGAZINE COMPILATION 1834-1835 Society For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge Working Class Wood Engravings Whig Party
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Book Details: This lot consists of the bound compilation of "The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" shown in the corresponding images.
This is an issue-by-issue compilation of Penny Magazine (London: Charles Knight, 1835) for the year 1834.
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 quarter-leather volume, measuring approximately 7.5" by 11.75", has a separated front board and partially-separated rear board and spine cover. There is moderate external rubbing and chipping. The title page and some preliminaries are loose. The 568-page work includes numerous wood-engraved illustrations.
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