A UTILITARIAN (?) LONDON WORKING CLASS JOURNAL

ID: 28469
950.00
The London Pioneer;

PERIODICAL: THE LONDON PIONEER,, The London Pioneer; a journal of progression in science, literature, and all that tends to instruct and amuse the human race. .. Vol.I. [ - Vol. II]. London, R.D. Cousins [April 1846 to April 1848].

Two vols., 4to., viii + 832 and viii + 832pp., with several woodcut illustrations, mostly in vol.II, contemporary uniform half calf gilt over marbled boards, lower endpapers of vol.I replaced, and gilt spine of vol.II skilfully repaired, the binding of the first volume in good state of preservation although with short split in upper joint but still sound. Very good copies.

These two volumes comprise the complete weekly issues nos. 1 - 104. The BL has a third volume, however, under a slightly different name, The London Literary Pioneer.> Volume I has the utilitarian strapline, 'The greatest happiness of the greatest number',> while the second volume relies on the rather broader 'Utility, instruction, amusement, and information, for all ages, sexes, and classes'.> Both volumes have detailed and lengthy lists of contents. 'Probably more popular [than Chambers's London Journal>] the London Pioneer> (1846-7), becoming the London Literary Pioneer,> 1848, was modelled on The London Journal,> with a distinct lowering in tone It led off with 'The Unwedded One' by Mrs. Smerdon that gave everything its title promised, and followed it up with translations from Eugene Sue and Dumas. The first volume contained The Outcasts of London,> running beside one of Sue's less tasteful works, Martin the Foundling.> Nevertheless, The London Pioneer> was brought out by B.D. Cousins as the direct successor to the indecent broadsheet periodical The Penny Satirist.> [Louis James, Fiction for the working man,> 1963, p.42.