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Book - “The Cornhill Magazine”
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Title: Book - “The Cornhill Magazine”
Identifier: 979.6.1484
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1869-1872
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A set of twenty-five bound magazine volumes with each volume representing one half year, dates from 1860 until 1872. The book covers have a solid cover spine and multicoloured front and back covers. Volume three is missing. 979.6.1484.13 has an inscription on the title page that reads "James B. Harris." Inside the cover of 979.6.1484.4 "55 Dnood (?) " is inscribed.

Cornhill Magazine, named after Cornhill , a street in London, was the most important magazine of the latter part of the nineteenth century. It was founded in 1860 by the publisher George Smith. It aimed to combine the critical view and the serial novel. Smith hoped to gain some of the same readership enjoyed by "All the Year Round" a similar magazine owned by Charles Dickens, and he employed as editor William Thackeray, Dickens' great literary rival at the time. The sale of the magazine, at a shilling, exceeded all expectations, and the first number sold 110,000 copies. Within a few years circulation dropped rapidly as it gained a reputation for rather safe, inoffensive content in the late Victorian era. A mark of the high regard in which it was held though was its publication of "Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands" by Queen Victoria. REF: and Magazine visited July 18, 2007.

The magazines most likely came from Matilda Lindsay (née Harris) as she frequently sent packages to Benares. Matilda referred to four volumes of the magazines in a letter to her brother James Beveridge Harris. See: Harris Family Fonds, Letter , Matlida to James , Peel Archives.
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