Brother Jonathan Newspaper, Vol. 6, No. 1,
September 3 to No. 17, December 23, 1843,
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles
This is volume VI of Brother
Jonathan, "a weekly compend of Belles Lettres and the Fine Arts, Standard
Literature and General Intelligence." Edited by John Neal, it was the first
illustrated weekly newspaper in America. Most notably this volume contains part
of a serialized version of Charles Dickens' novel Martin Chuzzlewit.
Dickens is most famous this time of year for writing "A Christmas Carol" that
appears in many versions on television. The index shows eight installments of
Martin Chuzzlewit. The start of two of them are shown below. This is a rare
volume, there was none listed on the internet in December 2005 and the volume of
Brother Jonathan before this, Vol. 5, May to August 1943, which also has
Martin Chuzzlewit installments, is listed for $550.
For the complete first edition of Charles Dickens classic novel "Great
Expectations" published starting on November 24, 1860, see this listing of a
unique bound Harper's Weekly.
There is much more than Dickens in these 17 issues from
1843. There are articles on "The Rights of Women,"
Uncle Sam, the origin of State names, Daniel Webster and Ben Franklin, reports
on the trial of Irish patriot Daniel O'Connell and much more. Below are pictures
of some of these as well as the volumes cover.
The cover and the first issue are not in great shape, and front
cover is held on by what remains of the leather spine. A child wrote on the
front endpapers in pencil and there is some staining and foxing throughout, but
it is pretty fresh and bright after the first issue which does not have any of
the Dickens articles. The Daniel Webster article shown above is in the
first issue, so it is still more than readable.
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