PUTNAM'S MONTHLY MAGAZINE of American Literature, Science and Art. Vols. 1-5, Jan. 1853 - July, 1855
New York: G.P. Putnam, 1853. The first five volumes. Octavo, bound in old black half leather and cloth, spines with raised bands, lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers. Leather dressing has been applied./// Vol. I, Jan.- Jun., 1853. 704 pp. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, many text illustrations. Includes an article on New York, "New York Daguerrotyped" which has a double-page bird's eye view of Manhattan looking south from Union Square plus 11 illustrations of buildings. Spine creased; original sides replaced (matching lack leather and blue cloth, quarter bound). Inner hinges repaired with rice paper; damp stains to upper and lower portions of many leaves; foxing early and late, but text clean and unworn, tight In the binding. The February issue contains on pp 155-64 "Our Young Authors-Melville", a discussion by Fitz-James O'Brien of Herman Melville's work to date. The March issue contains an article "Are we a Good-Looking People?", stating "Our poets and authors, Cooper and Irving and Longfellow, Melville and Lovell [sic], are handsome and superior-looking men." Includes poems by Longfellow ("The Warden of the Cinque Ports", "Galgano"), James Russell Lowell ("The Fountain of Youth"). And an article by James Fenimore Cooper "Old Ironsides" (about the USS Constitution, currently the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat). Also, "AN EXCURSION TO CANADA", in four installments, Jan.-March) by Henry David Thoreau (expanded book publication in 1866 as A Yankee in Canada). And "The Living Corpse" by William North, a macabre story; a piece on Uncle Tom's Cabin "Uncle Tomitudes", "The Polar Seas and Sir John Franklin", "Thackeray in America", "Visit to Popocatepetl", "Japan", "Cuba", and "Reminiscences of Honolulu", Henry James, Sr's article declaring the inferiority of women "Woman and the Woman's Movement", "Modern Spiritualism" by Horace Greeley, among many others./// Vol. II, July-Dec., 1853. 690 pp. 11 illustrations of New York educational institutions, 19 illustrations of New York church architecture, 9 illustrations of life in Hawaii, and 20 illustrations from the Great Exhibition in London. Inner hinges cracked, a little tender, partial splits to front joint neatly repaired, foxing early and late but only sparingly in text, light damp stain to upper inner corners of many leaves, VG otherwise, text clean, tight and unworn otherwise. Articles on Acadia, Puritan Witchcraft, Owls, Hawaii, Keeping School in Texas, hand corrections in John Payne Collier's Second Folio of 1632 (the "Perkins Folio", forgery), the Pacific Railroad, Russian Despotism, Salt Lake, and much more. The November and December issues contain the first appearance in print of "BARTLEBY, THE SCRIVENER: A STORY OF WALL-STREET", perhaps Herman Melville's most famous short story. /// Vol. III, Jan.-June, 1854. 684 pp. Illustrations of public and private buildings and places of amusement in New York. One inch tear to head of spine and much of front joint neatly repaired. Inner hinges cracked and tender. Foxing early and late, only sparingly in text. Text otherwise clean and unworn, tight in the binding. Articles on the Amazon, "To the People South of the Mason and Dixon's Line", Parisian Gambling Houses, Modern Greek Customs, Nebraska, Literary piracy, and much more. The March, April, and May issues contain a novella, "The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles" by "Savador R. Tarmoor", a pseu-donym of Herman Melville. The Encantadas are the Galápagos. It was published in book form in The Piazza Tales (1856)./// Vol. IV, July-Dec., 1854. 672 pp. 5 steel engraved portraits. Spine has neat repair to head and to front joint; inner hinges tender; foxing early and late and sporadically in text; damp stain and rippling to lower portion of text throughout; text oth-erwise VG, clean, unworn, tight in the binding. Articles on African Proverbs, American wines, the Crimean War, Ethiopia (three illustrations). Franz Liszt, Jewish cemetery at Newport, West Point, American despotisms, a cockfight in Mexico, and much more. Contains the first 18 chapters of Herman Melville's novel of the American Revolution and the years after, "Israel Potter; or, Fifty Years of Exile: a Fourth of July Story". Also contains in the August issue Melville's comic story "The Lightning-Rod Man", said to be the most read of his stories during his lifetime./// Vol. V, Jan.-June, 1855. 668 pp. 4 steel engraved portraits. Neat repair to front joint, partial crack to front inner hinge; foxing early and late and sparingly in text; text is otherwise, clean, tight and unworn. //// Note: 6.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover