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The Casket
Samuel Atkinson & Charles Alexander, Philadelphia - Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 1827) to Vol. 9, No. 12 (December 1834), bound in eight volumes of elaborately tooled calf and marbled boards. Light wear, generally quite handsome, two volumes have tender hinges. Contents near fine, with only light foxing. Well illustrated. The Casket, owned and edited by Samuel Atkinson and Charles Alexander, who also published the Saturday Evening Post, achieved, in Mott's words, "a wide popularity, and was said to be 'the most widely circulated monthly' in the country." (Mott/I/543) It was not a great magazine. As its name implies, much of its contents was reprinted from other magazines and newspapers. But it was attractive in an unpretentious way and it included a number of plates in each issue, the significance of which are only now being appreciated. Though the Casket styled itself a national magazine, the majority of plates were views of Philadelphia regional buildings and scenery. No other pre-Civil War magazine published so many city views as did the Casket. A sampling of the views from the first few volumes will convey a good idea of the whole: the Fairmount Waterworks; the Pennsylvania State Capitol; Passaic Falls, NJ; Catskill Mountain House at Pine Orchard, NY; the Port of Buffalo; Trenton Falls, NY; View Near Bordenton, NJ; the State Prison in Philadelphia; Harper's Ferry, VA; the US Capitol; the Philadelphia Public Library; the Schuylkill near the old Waterworks; the Hudson near West Point; the Delaware Water Gap; Pennsylvania University; Bank of the United States; the Erie Canal; the Old Court House, Philadelphia; Turner's Falls on the Connecticut River; the Lehigh Water Gap; Pennsylvania Hospital; St. Stephens Church; the Walnut Street Theater; Grey's Ferry; Arch Street Theater; the State House; Friend's Meetinghouse, Lower Merion, PA; Masonic Hall; City Hall, NY; Bowery Theater, NY; and many more. It is unusual to find a multi-volume run of a pre-1850 magazine in matching bindings. This is a particularly handsome set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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