THE PENNY MAGAZINES. Pubblicazione settimanale diretta da William Clowes. 1832-1837.

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

Verlag: Charles Knight, London, 1832
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Titel: THE PENNY MAGAZINES. Pubblicazione ...

Verlag: Charles Knight, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1832

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Testo inglese. Disponibili cinque volumi contenenti le annate 1832 (anno I, n°1-48), dal 31 marzo al 31 dicembre, pg.392, con 215 xilografie; 1835 (n°177-240), dal 3 gennaio al 31 dicembre, pg.508, con 177 xilografie; 1836 (n°241-305), dal 2 gennaio al 31 dicembre, pg.516,8, con 172 xilografie; 1837 (n°306-369), dal 7 gennaio al 31 dicembre, pg.508, con molte xilografie; 1838 (n°370-433), dal 6 gennaio al 31 dicembre, pg.508, con molte xilografie. Cm.29,5x19. Legature coeve in piena tela, con titoli e fregi in oro ai dorsi. Celebre testata popolare inglese della prima metà del XIX secolo. Così gli editori presentano il foglio nel primo numero del 31 Marzo 1832: "In a book upon the Poor, published in 1673, called 'The Grand Concern of England explained,' we find the following singular proposal: "that the multitude of stage-coaches and caravans, now travelling upon the roads, may all, or most of them, be suppressed, especially those within forty, fifty, or sixty miles of London". The evil of the stage-coaches is somewhat difficult to be perceived at the present day; but this ingenious author had no doubt whatever on the matter, "for," says he, "will any man keep a horse for himself and another for his man, all the year, for to ride one or two journies, that at pleasure, when he hath occasion, can step to any place where his business lies, for two, three, or four shillings, if within twenty miles of London, and so proportionately into any part of England?". We laugh at the lamentations over the evil of stage coaches, because we daily see or experience the benefits of the thousands of public conveyances carrying forward the personal intercourse of a busy population, and equally useful whether they run from Paddington to the Bank or from the General Post-Office to Edinburgh. Some however, who acknowledge the fallacy of putting down long and short stages, that horses may be kept all the year, "for to ride one or two journies", may fall into the very same mistake with regard to knowledge that was thus applied to communication. They may desire to retain a monopoly of literature for those who can buy expensive books; they may think a five-guinea quarto (like the horse for one or two journies) a public benefit and look upon a shilling duodecimo to be used by every one "at pleasure, when he hath occasion" (like the stage coach), as a public evil. What the stage-coach has become to the middle classes, we hope our Penny Magazine will be to all classes a universal convenience and enjoyment. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge have considered it proper to commence this publication, from the belief that many persons, whose time and whose means are equally limited, may be induced to purchase and to read it. The various works already published by the society are principally adapted to diligent readers, to those who are anxiously desirous to obtain knowledge in a condensed and, in most cases, systematic form. But there are a very great number of persons who can spare half an hour for the reading of a newspaper, who are sometimes disinclined to open a book. For these we shall endeavour to prepare a useful and entertaining Weekly Magazine, that may be taken up and laid down without requiring any considerable effort; and that may tend to fix the mind upon calmer, and, it may be, purer subjects of thought than the violence of party discussion, or the stimulating details of crime and suffering. We have, however, no expectation of superseding the newspaper, and no desire to supersede it. We hope only to share some portion of the attention which is now almost exclusively bestowed upon "the folio of four pages", by those who read little and seldom. We consider it the duty of every man to make himself acquainted with the events that are passing in the world, with the progress of legislation, and the administration of the laws; for every man is deeply interested in all the great questions of government. Every man, however, may not be qualifi. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 57481

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