The New Wonderful Magazine

The New Wonderful Magazine, and Marvellous Chronicle of Extraordinary Productions, Events, and Occurrences, in Nature and Art. Consisting entirely of Matter which come under the Denomination of MIRACULOUS! QUEER! ODD! STRANGE! SUPERNATURAL! WHIMSICAL! ABSURD! OUT OF THE WAY! and UNACCOUNTABLE! ... Vol. I. for the year 1793.

London: Printed for the Proprietors. Published by Alex. Hogg, [1794].

Price: $5,000.00

About the item

First edition, second issue, with new title page, and some alterations in the preliminary matter. Illustrated with 75 "Curious and Elegant" engravings of freaks, prodigies, oddities, wonders, etc. 5 vols. 8vo. The New Wonderful Magazine. Contemporary calf, volume II rebacked, spines end of other volumes repaired, red leather spine labels. Joints starting, small chip from heel of volume IV, else very good. British Library Catalogue P.P. 5153 (both issues).

Item #22145

Marvels, prodigies, oddities, whimsical anecdotes, bizarre tales, all wonderfully illustrated in this rare delight, which surely must be one of the earliest magazines of its kind. There is an engraving of a nasty looking "Walking Bookseller" who resembles very much Tom Paine

The BM catalogue noting the first issue with a title simply "The Wonderful Magazine, and Marvellous Chronicle: or, New Weekly Entertainer," also records another set with title beginning as above "The New Wonderful, Magazine ... ", and notes that it is a duplicate of the former with variant title page and alter preliminaries.