George Washington was an enthusiastic subscriber to the nation's first literary magazine, The American Museum, at one point writing to its publisher Mathew Carey of Philadelphia that a "discontinuance of the Publication for want of proper support would, in my judgment, be an impeachment on the Understanding of this Country." The magazine featured contemporary American literature and poetry, as well as articles on politics, economics, and excerpts from newspapers. This nonconsecutive set of ten issues survived at Mount Vernon until the mid-nineteenth century when the last private owner of the estate, Washington's great-grandnephew, John Augustine Washington III had the issues bound together.
Book, ten issues bound together. Brown leather half-calf binding, front and back covers with marbleized paper, octavo size. The spine has embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a black ground: AMERICAN / MUSEUM. Includes issues for September 1789 (lacking title page); January and December 1791; January, February, March, April, May, November and December 1792. Also contains the index to the twelfth and last volume. The magazine includes contemporary American literature, poetry, as well as articles on politics, economics, and subjects from American newspapers of interest to a national audience.
The full title of this volume is THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, OR, UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE: CONTAINING, ESSAYS ON AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE, MANUFACTURES, POLITICS, MORALS, AND MANNERS. SKETCHES OF NATIONAL CHARACTERS, NATURAL AND CIVIL HISTORY, AND BIOGRAPHY. LAW INFORMATION, PUBLIC PAPERS, PROCEEDINGS OF CONGRESS, INTELLIGENCE. MORAL TALES, ANCIENT AND MODERN POETRY, &C. &C.
Size: 8 vo.
Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper
Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.03 cm)
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