1860-1876 Volumes I-XXXIV of Cornhill Magazine
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed Binding
In keeping with Cornhill's status as one of the leading literary journals of the Nineteenth Century, though second perhaps to the likes of All The Year Round, the contributors to the publication were often particularly famous literary figures of the day, with the likes of Robert Browning, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Makepeace Thackeray (who was the magazine's first editor) often publishing their work in Cornhill. The magazine played a leading role in the drastic popularisation of authors and their work, with the quintessential Victorian practice of the serialisation of novels ensuring continued interest in both the magazine itself and the writers and artists that were published within it. Some of the works included here in their serialised form are: Anthony Trollope's Framley Parsonage (found in Volume I) John Ruskin's Unto This Last (found in Volume II) Wilkie Collins' Armadale (found in Volume X) Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd (found in Volume XXIX) The magazines were also often accompanied by the illustrative work of the likes of George Du Maurier, Edwin Landseer and John Everett Millais, making for a comprehensive overall impression of Victorian artistry, offering an insight into an era where literary journals were both at the peak of popularity and something of a mass entertainment, a phenomenon that would decline sharply in the subsequent decades with the advent of film. Each volume contains the bookplate of one Herbert Watney MD of Buckhold, Berkshire and are inscribed to specify the books as belonging to the servants library, dated 1886. There is also the bookbinders' label of Wells and Grant, Sherbourne Lane, London.
In decorative quarter-calf binding with gilt detailing and paper-covered boards. Externally sound, there is some wear to the boards, extremities and backstrips as well as some starting to the backstrip of Volume I. Several backstrips also have minor loss. There are several missing spine labels and the hinge to Volume I is very tender. Internally, the pages are firmly bound but feature light foxing and spotting throughout. The text remains clear.
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