ID: 28372
The Manchester Iris:

PERIODICAL: THE MANCHESTER IRIS,, The Manchester Iris: a literary and scientific miscellany, published weekly in the years 1822 & 1823. In two volumes. Manchester: printed and published by Henry Smith, St. Ann's-Square. 1822 [ - 1823].

Two vols. in one, 4to., (2) + 420 and (2) + 420pp., lacking one leaf> in Vol.I, viz. pp.167-168, with an engraved leaf of musical notation 'composed expressly for the Manchester Iris' and another 2-page insert of music and verse (this latter very foxed and with frayed margins, a couple of leaves stained, the four December 1823 issues present but misbound, both title-pages a little soiled or stained, well bound in the 20th century in half calf over cloth boards, spine with raised bands, gilt tools and title.

All published of this weekly periodical which commenced publication on Saturday February 2, 1822 and ceased publication after 100 issues on Saturday, December 27, 1823. The editor's final note to his readers is somewhat self-congratulatory: 'With the assistance of his correspondents, he has, he believes, produced the best periodical work that has ever emanated from his native town, and has no hesitation in courting a comparison of the two volumes of the Iris with any work on a similar plan which has existed, even in the Metropolis, in the course of the same period'. The content of the >>Iris> is indeed various with letters to the editor, notices and advertisements together with long pieces on a wide range of subjects then topical. There is a most useful index to each volume.