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.
Estimated Value: $2,000
|Date:||January 1846 – August 1847|
|Published in:||New York, NY|
|An important early comic weekly, edited by Cornelius Mathews, co-founder of “Arcturus”. Between July 24 and September 11, 1847, it published an original series of articles by Herman Melville, entitled “Authentic Anecdotes of Old Zack”. All published with numerous wrappers. A very fine run.|
In the Sept. 2, 1847 edition of the Boston Weekly “Chronotype,” is a letter from a regular NY correspondent, signing “X.F.W.” I believe this is Mathew Franklin Whittier, younger brother of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. He mentions that someone writing for the “Yankee Doodle,” the previous week, has figured out his identity. The letter is dated Aug. 27, 1847, so it would be in the “Yankee Doodle” the week prior to that date. I would like to obtain a copy of that statement–can you, or a member of your staff, take the time to do this? I can pay something by way of compensation for your trouble, if you wish. The letter writer says:
“I notice that Yankee Doodle of this week announces that he has found me out and that I am an assistant on an evening paper in this city. I congratulate him on the discovery, but confess my surprise at his impudence. Before he made any farther allusion to your correspondent, Mr. Chron., he should have paid his debts and solemnly given guaratee that he would never attempt to swindle unfortunate and too confiding authors again. A bankrupt like Yankee ought to turn an honest man or else hold his tongue forever.”
MFW later contributed heavily to the Boston “Carpet-Bag,” a similar publication; so my guess is, he was contributing to this one and wasn’t being paid for his work. I will try to access a full copy of this paper if I can; but for now, I’d just like to know whether he is identified by these remarks.
On a separate subject, I am trying to locate the one existing volume of the 1838 “Salisbury Monitor,” which Mathew Franklin Whittier edited. It was purchased from Bonham’s for around $7,000; and the curator at the American Antiquarian Society suggests it probably was purchased by a private collector. It doesn’t seem to be in your collection, but do you have any idea where it *did* end up? If you can say.