For sale is an original July 1884 edition of HARPER’S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE. Publication is complete and in fair condition overall. Spine is intact but chipped. Pages are worn on the edges. There is significant edge wear and some of the internal pages are water stained at the corners. Approx. 7 x 10 inches. Includes interesting ads, articles, and illustrations. This issue includes articles on the Nile, The Silent Schools of Kendall Green, Prince Bismarck in Private Life, Summer Resorts on the St. Lawrence, Judith Shakespeare, Roses and the Nightingale, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Nature’s Serial Story, The Professional Beauties of the Last Century, Approaches to New York, Old Hickory, My Bull-Calf, Beef, and An Honest Soul. A great collectible 1800s publication.
Harper’s Magazine was launched as Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in June 1850, by the New York City publisher Harper & Brothers. The first press run of 7,500 copies sold out almost immediately. Circulation was some 50,000 issues six months later. The early issues reprinted material pirated from English authors such as Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, and the Brontë sisters. The magazine soon was publishing the work of American artists and writers, and in time commentary by the likes of Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson. Portions of Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick were first published in the October 1851 issue of Harper’s Magazine.