Item #87174 BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED). William Drennan.
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)
BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)

BELFAST MONTHLY MAGAZINE (TEN VOLUMES OF THIRTEEN PUBLISHED)

Belfast, Ireland: Smyth and Lyons (then Joseph Smyth), 1808-1814. Leather-bound. Octavos. Half-bound calf over marbled boards. Ten bound volumes of thirteen published in all. Missing Volumes Two, Three and Seven (II, III & VII). Rubbing to extremities. Very solidly bound. Spine compartments divided by double gilt rule, with two contrasting labels, one with title ("Belfast Magazine), the other with volume number. The circular volume number label for Volume 9 was transposed in error by the binder, and appears as "6"; it is nine. (J. Hendrix might agree, in reverse). Two of the volumes rebaound, one with original spine (title) label laid down. Volume XII, one of the rebound volumes, is rougher than the rest, having seen some water damage and resultant mildew at one time in its 200+ -year-life.NONE present now. The remaining nine volumes are tightly bound, with supple pages, and perhaps just a wee bit of age-toning. All in all, a lovely set of a scarce and important liberal publication, central to a comprehensive historical understanding of latter day, umm, "troubles".

The Belfast Monthly Magazine ran from September 1, 1808 to December 31st, 1814, publishing a total of 77 issues. Most of the writing issued from the pen of co-founder William Drennan (1754-1820) who " undertook the publishing venture jointly with John Templeton (1766-1825) and John Hancock (1762-1823)." Drennan was a co-founder of the United Irishmen, which launched a full-scale rebellion against British rule, and in which 30,000 men, women and children perished, regardless of their loyalties. Templeton was a well-known botanist and former United Irishman, and Hancock was a linen merchant and former member of the Society of Friends. ...

The magazine never achieved financial success, as Drennan’s cohorts were few and his detractors many, and in the wake of the Rebellion the Ulster public was understandably wary of liberal ideals. Still, the existence and significance of The Belfast Monthly Magazine did not lie solely in its profit margin but in its pages, which reveal a liberal remnant persisting in Belfast after the Union. This remnant was steeped in Enlightenment principles and British “real Whig” ideology... and provides a contemporary account of Belfast reformers who had witnessed the period of rebellion and union and continued to promote 'real whig;'principles in its aftermath..." (Jennifer Leigh Jozik, Abstract for Thesis, :"Here We Can Behold the Great Machine in Motion : The Belfast Monthly Magazine, 1808-1814"), submitted for fulfillment of the Master of Arts degree in History at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2005).

This short-lived publication is quite important in that its writers witnessed the Rebellion of 1798 and the Act of Union, which forcibly appended Ireland to England and Scotland and all of its citizenry became subject to English rule. A collection of the majority of this magazine's all-too-brief publication run
seldom comes to market. Though there are several isolated issues available via online marketplaces, all are in far worse condition that these ten volumes, and no auction records appear (via Rare Book Hub, an authoritative and widely-consulted industry record of rare book auction activity) for any issues since 1911. Very Good. Item #87174

SPECIAL ARTICLES -- FROM THE FIRST VOLUME ALONE) include: Witchcraft; Ballad Composition; Keeping of Saving Bees in the Winter; On the Culture of Potatoes, On the Cuture of Onions; Description of London, On the Oriental Migration of The Irish Druids; Dr. Darwin's Speech to the Men of Nottingham; Essay on Irish Bulls; On Combustion; On Magnetism; Poplicola to the Inhabitants of Ireland. on the Education of His Countrymen; The Lisburne Humane Society; Account of Two Children Born Blind; Life of General Washington; ; Thoughts on the Liberty of The Pressand The call for a meeting of the Linen Drapers due to the extreme shortage of flax seed from America; An Account of the Late Melancholy Shipwreck at Ballycastle; and an article on a new invention -- a tin-crafted immersion tank (complete with full-page illustration plus insets) which fills and refills with warm water to revive "the stillborn" and "the apparently dead"; an article on the formation of an Irish Antislavery society called "The African Institution". REGULAR FEATURES Include: Table-Talk (on Manners); Literature Ancient and Modern; A Review of New Publications; Retrospect of Politics; Meteorological Report and Celestial Phenomenon; Detached Anecdotes; Original Poetry; Biographical Sketches; Documents; Occurrences; Agricultural Report; Naturalist's Report.

Price: $2,500.00

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