ID: 26385
The Paisley Magazine;

PERIODICAL: THE PAISLEY MAGAZINE,, The Paisley Magazine; or Literary and Antiquarian Miscellany. Paisley: David Dick. 1828.

8vo., engraved frontispiece, additional engraved title-page, (2) + iv + 692 + viii pp., in a very good, but modern, half calf gilt with raised bands and label, entirely uncut. A very good copy.

The Magazine had been launched, sponsored and edited by William Motherwell (1797-1835), the Scottish poet, antiquary and journalist. In 1828, Motherwell 'together with some friends, began the Paisley Magazine.> Intended to complement the dominant Tory/conservative magazine of the day, Edinburgh's Blackwood's,> and rival the more progressive Edinburgh Review,> the Paisley Magazine> was intended to put Paisley on the literary map. Such magazines provided relevant reading material for the rising middle class. As virtual editor and dominant contributor, Motherwell put an enormous amount of energy into this endeavor, using it as a vehicle for publishing his own work, though, like so much material in the contemporary periodical press, unattributed. Claiming to print 'curious intelligence ..... regarding the topography of this town and neighborhood, ancient customs, manners, traditions, local anecdote &c,' the Paisley Magazine> printed reviews - sometimes extremely harsh; essays on various subjects, such as Motherwell's own on traditional songs; poems; and editorial humor, as in 'A Friendly Notice to Correspondents with which the Public Has Little to Do Unless It Likes.' The magazine ran for thirteen numbers and then ceased. Perhaps Paisley's middle class was not large enough to support such a publication.' [William Motherwell's Cultural Politics,> p.25].