THE ARGOSY. London: Published by Cassell's, June 1926 (number 1). Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. The first of the 571-issue run of Cassell's THE ARGOSY, from June 1926 through February 1974, after which it merged with BOOKS AND BOOKMEN. "By 1926 short stories were appearing in their thousands in British and American periodicals. Keeping track of them was impossible. The previous decade had seen a growth in anthologies selecting the best fiction. E. J. O'Brien's annual BEST SHORT STORIES from American magazines began in 1915, complemented by a British volume from 1922. George H. Doran assembled THE WORLD'S BEST SHORT STORIES OF 1925, selected by the editors of the leading American magazines. The Review of Reviews Company lanched THE GOLDEN BOOK in January 1925, which had an editorial board that selected the world's best stories for each monthly issue. Taking their cue from this Cassell's began their own magazine of the world's best short stories, THE ARGOSY ... Cassell's ARGOSY, launched at the height of the magazine boom, would be its lone survivor outliving every other popular magazine, including THE STRAND." - Ashley, The Age of the Storytellers: British Popular Fiction Magazines 1880-1950, pp. 46-7. Cover edges worn, 15 mm chip from lower spine end, a very good copy. (#160514).