THE AMERICAN MUSEUM; OR REPOSITORY OF ANCIENT AND MODERN FUGITIVE PIECES, (THREE (3) VOLUMES and THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, OR UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE. (TWO (2) VOLUMES).

Carey, Mathew,

Published by Printed by Mathew Carey. 1788-1792., 1788
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VOL. IV, the first title page is dated 1789, but the individual parts are from August 1788 through December 1788.VOL. VI, (part I) January through June1789. VOL.VI, (part II) July through December 1789. VOL. VII, July through December 1790. VOL. VIII, part II, July to December, 1792.A multitude of interesting and historically important articles including much on the fledgling U. S. Government, activities of Congress, commentary on the Constitution, dueling, husbandry and a variety of other subjects. The AMERICAN MUSEUM was America's first literary magazine, and a pioneering effort on the part of its publisher, Mathew Carey, to bring news to a national audience, and to develop and promote an indigenous literary culture. Its success helped establish Mathew Carey as the leading printer of his generation. Through the publication of the periodical he was able to develop a distribution network which greatly aided him in coming years as he became a leading book publisher. A congressional change in postal rates for magazines in 1792 forced Carey to end THE AMERICAN MUSEUM., in order "to have recourse to some other object that might afford a better reward to industry." Bottom and fore edges are deckled. Many of the pages have never been opened. VOL. VI, part II, Covers are stained and mottled. On all the books, there is some spine chipping, a few small pieces of spine cover missing. Some shelf wear and a few underlines, The binding is split vertically ON VOL. IV binding is split vertically at pages 344-345, but both sections are reasonably tight and all pages are present. Same split on VOL VI, part I at pages 212-213, and the same on VOL VIII at pages 236-237 Pages are lightly age-toned but no foxing.we are always amazed at how well these 200+ year old rag-content paper pages hold up. VOL IV 592 pages including the Index.VOL. VI (part I) 628 pagesI + index.VOL. VI (part II) Pages: 492,46 plus Index.VOL. VII, 288 pages + Appendix I of 40 pages; Appendix II of 80 pages; Appendix III, 20 pages and Appendix IV of 48 pages + Index. VOL. VIII, 352 pagesI, Appendix I, 36 pages; Appendix II, 44 pages; Appendix III, 36 pages + index. All five volumes are hardbound in paper-covered boards with paper title label on spine. This appears to be the original binding or certainly contemporary with the original. The front part of the two books of Vol. VI, contain the Subscriber's Names and it is a Who's Who of American political life of the time. Among the hundreds of names listed are: Geo. Washington, James Madison,Colonel Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, Charles Pinckney, Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: THE AMERICAN MUSEUM; OR REPOSITORY OF ...
Publisher: Printed by Mathew Carey. 1788-1792.
Publication Date: 1788


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