Philadelphia. Printed for James Trenchard. 1789. A lovely example of this magazine as originally issued -- string-tied in its gray-blue wrappers. The paper spine of the wrapper has been eroded and there is loss of a few characters at thye end of each line on the rear wrapper. There is minimal internal foxing and offsetting. A handsome example of an early American magazine. Lacks one of the two plates. Item #3680
This issue of the Columbian Magazine -- one of the first successful magazines in the United States -- includes a diverse selection of material, from an excerpt of a history of the American Revolution to an essay on the chemical analysis of earths to the description of a carriage spring (with engraved plate) to a variety of literary and poetic works. A brief item on page 624 notes that the president (Washington) had proclaimed Tuesday, November 26, as "a day of general thanksgiving throughout the United States of America," the first such proclamation by a U.S. president. The printed wrappers -- which rarely survive -- include advertisements for recently published books (Account of the Pelew Islands and The Poetical Works of Peter Pindar). Other advertisements are for a saddler and harness maker and for clock and watchmakers. A great example of a magazine from the first year of Washington's presidency. For the engraving: Lewis: A Guide to Engravings in American Magazines, 1741-1810: p.6.