(#170110) LONGMAN'S MAGAZINE. November 1882-April 1883, volume I.

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., November 1882-April 1883 (volume I). Octavo, six issues, nineteenth-century three-quarter leather and cloth. Longmans, "the oldest-established of British commercial publishers ... acquired a dominant stature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a mixed list of books in which fiction was present but not prominent ... The firm took a more purposive interest in fiction with the setting up of LONGMAN'S MAGAZINE in November 1882. The magazine kicked off with James Payn's THICKER THAN WATER and it its first year published various of Mrs. Oliphant's STORIES OF THE SEEN AND UNSEEN, and other stories by Thomas Hardy, F. Anstey, Dinah Craik and R. L. Stevenson. In its early years, the magazine showed the strong influence of the firm's current literary adviser, Andrew Lang (although the editor for the magazine's twenty-three years of life was C. J. Longman). A monthly costing 6d. (and unillustrated) the journal made fiction its main item. Kipling, Rider Haggard, and Walter Besant were authors who published over the years in LONGMAN'S MAGAZINE, which embodied Lang's belief than romance, not realism or modernism, represented the strength of English fiction. Longman reprinted its magazine fiction writers in one-volume book form in the 1880s and 1890s, thus contributing to the downfall of the three-decker in 1894. The magazine, which was drab in appearance, lost ground to the new illustrated papers such as Newnes's STRAND. By 1900, it was a much less impressive publication, featuring such minor novelists as Arthur W. Marchmont and L. B. Walford. It ceased publication in 1905." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, pp. 381-382. Leather rubbed at edges, hairline crack along inner front hinge which is still holding tight, a sound copy with clean interior. (170110).

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