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Category: Health
Volume: 1
Issue: 1, 4, 7,9
Date: April-December 1873
Published in: New York, NY
A scarce, repository of valuable information about public health, then known as “sanitary science” in New York City, including maps.

Plumbe Popular Magazine

Category: Photography
Volume: 1
Issue: 1-5
Date: October 31 – November 28 1846
Published in:  Philadelphia, PA.
John Plumbe Jr was America’s pioneer photographer, the first to capture images of many famous personalities (Poe, Irving, Polk, Adams) and architectural landmarks (White House, U.S. Capitol).


Category:  Art
Value:  $300
Volume:  IV, V, VI
Issue:  4, 4, 2-3
Local ID:  10311
Date:  1944-1946
Published in: New York, NY
Three assorted issues of the famed periodical that introduced surrealism.

Volunteer Papers

Category:  Humor, Civil War
Value:  $1,000
Volume:  1
Issue:  1
Local ID:  10306
Date:  May 18, 1861
Published in: Cincinnati, Oh
An exceedingly rare four-page seri-comic semi-weekly published by “Boni Friz & co. The second issue only is recorded on 2 sites on OCLC as well as the Boston Public Library. Unrecorded in ULS.


Title: Trumpeter
Category: Politics, Humor
Volume: 1
Issues 2,4,5,7,8
Date: July 1942
An illustrated humor magazine devoted to the 1936 Presidential campaign and produced by the Young Republican Division of the This title would represent the final era of illustrated weekly humor magazines in America that had been established by magazines such as Judge, Puck, and Life.


Category: Radio, Film, Theatre
Value: $75
Volume:  1
Issue:  Supplement, 6, 8, 10, 12
Local ID: 10290
Date: November 1938-December 1939
Published in: New York, NY
This title provides insight into the radio, film, dane, and theatre cultures found throughout the world in the late 1930s.


Category: African American
Volume:  1-6
Issue: 6-10; 9; 1, 3, 5; 1; 5, 7-11, 2-3
Local ID:  10286
Date: July 1943-June 1948
Published in:  Washington, DC
Extremely rare (ULS identifies six scattered holdings) African American general-interest magazine. This title is notable for it’s rare cover images of Ralph Bunche, Thurgood Marshall and other prominent African American figures of the 1940s.


Category:  Miscellany
Volume:  2
Issue:  2
Date:  February 1866
Published in:  San Francisco, CA
A very scarce, illustrated humor magazine. Initially a weekly, then monthly “lively and literate, contrasting favorably with its best New York counterparts”.


Title: Portfolio
Category: Art
Volume: 1
Issue: 1-3
Date: Winter – Summer 1950
Published in: Cincinnati, OH
A highly collected art periodical edited by Alexey Brodovitch.

Old Guard

Title: Old Guard, A Monthly Journal, Devoted to the Principles of 1776 and 1787
Category Politics
Volume: 1-3
Issue: Vol. 1 – Vol. 3 No. 11
Date: January 1863 – November 1865
Published in: New York, NY

Modern Electrics

Category:  Radio
Volume:  4
Issue:  1-12
Date:  April 1911-March 1912
Published in:  New York, NY
These issues each contain one of the 12 installments (April 1911 – March 1912) of the first appearance of Gernback’s futuristic pioneering science-fiction classic, “Ralph 214C41+”. All of the covers are illustrations for the story. Complete sets are very rare.

Merry and Wise

Category: Humor
Volume: 1
Issue: 1 – 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 – 14, 19
Date: March – May 1867
Published in: New York, NY
Extremely rare not in ULS, many illustrations of Frank Bellew, in custom box.

Literary Emporium

Category: Literary
Value: $400
Volume: 1-2
Issue: 1-6, 1-6
Local ID: 2465
Date: January – December 1845
Published in: New York, NY
A monthly, featuring hand-colored botanical plates and reprinted literature, including Poe’s “The Raven.”

Indicator: A Literary Periodical

Category: Collegiate, Amherst, Emily Dickinson
Volume: 2-3
Issue: 1-9
Date: 1849 – 1850
Published in: Amherst, MA
The issue for February 1850 (v. 2 no. 7) contains a letter in the editor’s corner entitled “Valentine Eve,” Emily Dickinson’s first published appearance. Anonymous as were all. Myerson D1. 

American Aphrodite

Title: American Aphrodite
Category: Literary
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Date: 1951
Published in: New York, NY
“A Quarterly for the Fancy-free” published by the often controversial Samuel Roth.