ID: 28646
The Saturday Magazine. Volume the first. [to Volume the seventh].

PERIODICAL: SATURDAY MAGAZINE,, The Saturday Magazine. Volume the first. [to Volume the seventh]. London: John William Parker, 1833-1836.

7 vols in 3, 4to., comprising issues nos. 1-224 complete, each volume with a title-page, index, and 256pp., plus advertisements, numerous woodcut illustrations and figures in the text, contemporary half calf, spines gilt and labelled, a little wear and scuffing to the bindings with short split in upper joint of third volume, but overall sound and in good state of preservation.

A highly successful magazine for the working man and his family published under the direction of the committee of general literature and education appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. It was a weekly publication of 8 pages costing one penny It was part of the wider movement to educate the working classes through cheap periodical literature and was intended to counter the dangerous radicalism of the unstamped penny press. As Wiener says, it was one of the best-know religious and 'useful knowledge' miscellanies of this pre-Victorian period. The complete seven volumes here offered more than sufficiently illustrate why the magazine was so popular. (It ran finally to 25 volumes, the final one being published in 1844).