Ladies' magazines, a genre that had proven popular in England, began to be printed in post-revolutionary America. Martha Washington's interest in these magazines may have begun in 1793 when the Philadelphia editors of The Lady's Magazine, and Repository of Entertaining Knowledge, presented their first volume to her. She later owned this New York publication, The Lady's Magazine and Musical Repository. While early ladies' magazines were comprised primarily of literature and poetry for a woman's entertainment, this publication includes fold-out sheet music as well as instructional articles with such intriguing titles as "On the Duties which we owe to Society."
Volume one of a series. Brown leather spine, rebound, front and back covers marbleized paper, octavo size. The spine has embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: LADY'S / MAGAZINE. The magazine includes literature, poetry, as well as fold-out sheet music.
The full title of this volume is THE LADY'S MAGAZINE AND MUSICAL REPOSITORY, VOL. I
Pagination: a, 2-380
Size: 8 vo.
Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper
Overall (A): 8 3/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. (20.8 cm x 13.34 cm x 3.81 cm)
Contents page, top right corner, in brown ink: Martha Washington
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