Philadelphia: Published by John Richardson, 1828 [& 1829]. First edition of the first two volumes of this influential serial. Two volumes in one, small folio, contemporary half sheep, marbled boards, 5, , 416, 7, , 416 pages. Somewhat foxed throughout; somewhat rubbed and worn; a good, sound copy. Item #16311
The earliest American Quaker magazine, founded during the Hicksite separations and taking on the whole a conservative position; as the "Prospectus" in the first number notes, "We are well satisfied that many of the evils under which the society now suffers, have arisen from ignorance of our true principles, on the part of many of those who have left our communion." But besides strictly Quaker material, the publishers "wish to make the paper a fireside companion for Friends throughout the country," and thus also include standard English literary material, literary contributions from Friends, news of deaths among Friends, some controversial writings, and various miscellaneous notices. (Of this latter, the 12th Month 7th 1827 issue includes an account of the Cherokee alphabet, with a chart, and a translation of a critical French review of hollow-earth theorist John Cleve Symmes' Theory of Concentric Spheres, 1826.) With a blank leaf between the two volumes with the ink ownership signature of Ann Bowne and penciled instructions to the binders: "2 bound in one volume leather backs and corners 1/2 bd. sheep."