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Book Description

Quarto. 6 volumes. Ward, Lock, & Co. London. 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1889. 4to. 12 monthly parts bound in each volume. 70 “Newest French Fashions” hand-coloured plates printed by Lefevre and published by Goubaud et Fils., 11 chromolithographed plates (5 folding). Numerous monochrome engravings. Period advertisements. All volumes include subscribers’ inserts of folding fashion patterns, needlework designs etc. 1880: xxx, 518pp; 12 hand coloured plates “The Newest French Fashions”; 2 colour litho plates. Numerous engravings and adverts. 1881: xxix, 612pp; 12 hand coloured plates “The Newest French Fashions”; Alice in Wonderland insert; Among the Roses colour litho.; Folding colour litho (adhered). Numerous engravings and adverts. 1882: xxx, 588pp; 12 hand coloured plates “The Newest French Fashions”; folding colour litho plate. Numerous engravings and adverts. 1883: xxx, 492 + 116pp; 11 hand coloured plates “The Newest French Fashions” (lacking April); folding colour litho plate. Numerous engravings and adverts. 1885: xxx, 584pp; 12 hand coloured plates “The Newest French Fashions”; 4 colour litho plates; “Sylvia Valse” music. Numerous engravings and adverts. 1889: xxx, 590pp; 11 hand coloured plates “Newest French Fashions” (lacking February); Folding sheet music. 6 volumes, 4to, bound in pink cloth, with some shelf wear and discolouration. Some spotting, and toning. Two folding plates adhered, occasional tears throughout (some previously repaired), a few leaves with tears or with losses, original printed wrappers bound-in, toned and darkened. Some chipping to edges. Light pencil collation notes. Sylvia’s Home Journal was a magazine of “fiction and entertaining literature, music, poetry, fine arts, fashions, and useful and ornamental needlework.” Directed toward a young, female, middle-class audience and covering fashion, needlework, recipes and household management tips. A number of novels and short stories were first serialized in Sylvia's Home Journal. The British Library holding of Sylvia’s Home Journal (P.P.5149.m.) was destroyed in World War II. One copy of the 1879 volume recorded (but missing) at National Library of Australia. It was at the offices of Sylvia’s Home Journal in 1882 that Enid Nesbit first met and befriended the manuscript reader Alice Hoatson. SHJ was “For women who believe in women, and feel that her mission has never yet been properly fulfilled, and that the time is coming when she will take her place not as the inferior or rival, but as the equal of man”. The editor Graham R. Tomson was born Rosamund Ball in 1860. “Poet and socialist Edith Nesbit submitted some of her first prose to Sylvia’s Home Journal and encountered a group of young women, including a “Miss Graham”, the editor, when she called at the editorial offices in 1881. As such the journal was unusual, for most women’s magazines were edited by men.” 'A Female Aesthete at the Helm: "Sylvia's Journal" and "Graham R. Tomson", 1893-1894'. Linda K. Hughes. 1996. John Hopkins University Press.
Author Anon
Date 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1889
Binding Cloth
Publisher Ward, Lock, & Co. London
Illustrator Lefevre

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