The Steven Lomazow Collection of American Periodicals

One of the largest periodical collection of all time. The Steven Lomazow Collection consists of almost 30 thousand issues dating back to the early 1700's.  A finer collection of periodical artwork you can't find any where else.


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Local ID: 1771

Estimated Value: $1,200

Title: Graham’s Magazine
Category: Literary, Edgar Allan Poe
Volume: 18-20
Issue: 1-6
Date: July 1841 – June 1842
Published in: Philadelphia, PA
The most important and widely circulated magazine of its era, liberally illustrated with fine engravings, notable for fairly and liberally compensating its contributors, and publishing important work of the best American writers of the time, including Cooper, Bryant, Hawthorne, Lowell and Longfellow. These are the first volumes as “Graham’s”. It began in December 1840 (see Lowentheil 89), absorbing “Burton’s” (346) as its v. 7 no. 6 and assumed the numbering of “Casket” (176) in January 1840 as v. 18 no. 1. The April 1841 issue contains the first appearance of the first detective story, Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Poe was literary editor from April 1841 to May 1842 (during which time the curculation increased from 5000 to 40,000) and was replaced by Rufus Griswold. About 50 stories, poems and reviews by Poe appear throught the 1840’s. Volume 18 is the scarcest and most valuable. Most later volumes are readily available.