Item #18885 Western Magazine. Ante Fire Imprint, William Rounseville.
Western Magazine.

Western Magazine.

[Chicago: Rounseville & Co.; later, John J. Moon, 1845-1846]. 11 issues (of 12 published) bound into contemporary half roan and embossed cloth, gilt lettering, 352 pages (plus 48 pages [pp. 49-96] extracted from Godkin’s History of Hungary, 1853 & 3 numbers and front matter for the 1854 American edition of Household Words), plus 2 pp. of New York publishers’ ads. One plate, a view of Starved Rock, plus illus. Spine sunned, some rubbing; some foxing and staining; a good, sound set. Item #18885

An early gathering of an uncommon early Chicago literary monthly, with much of the original material coming from Rounseville’s own pen. Evidently gathered from copies at hand by an early reader, lacking the final issue and bound without wrappers; per Mott, the final two numbers were published by Moon. The December, 1845 number includes “O-Na-We-Quah,” an early, romanticized telling of the Starved Rock legend, which had been current since at least Schoolcraft’s account pubished in the 1820s. See Graff 4602 & Mott, History of American Magazines 1741-1850; see also Mark Walczynski. “The Starved Rock Massacre of 1769: Fact or Fiction.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1998-) 100, no. 3 (2007): 215-36.

Price: $250.00

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