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The Chicago Magazine. The West as it is - CHICAGO - 1857. 
John Gager & Co. for Chicago Mechanic's Institute, Chicago 1857 - 451pp. Numerous inserted plates, portraits, and ads. Each part in original pictorial green wrappers. In a black morocco backed cloth clamshell box. Provenance: Neva and Guy Littell (morocco booklabel) Complete run of a scarce ante-fire Chicago periodical. A very uncommon ante-fire periodical, including a number of important articles of a historical nature about Illinois, Chicago, the Far West (Utah, Iowa, etc.), Mormons, biographies, fiction, poetry, and so on. The general editor was Zebina Eastman, and according to Scott, "it was beautifully and profusely illustrated, and though it carried as many advertisements as were usual at the time, its expenses were greater than its receipts.[its] failure was a great loss to the literary interests of the city." "Running through the first three numbers is a long, documented history of the Mormons" (Eberstadt). Not in Flake. Scott, Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, p.71; Paulin 574 ("very rare"); Chicago in Periodical Literature (1940), p.90 passim; Lomazow A646; Sabin 12625; Graff 687; Eberstadt 133:696 ("very rare"). [Attributes: Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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