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The Wit's magazine, or, Library of Momus : being a compleat repository of mirth, humour, and entertainment.
imprint
London [England] : Printed for Harrison and Co. No 18, Paternoster-Row, 1784-1785.
description
2 volumes : illustrations ; 21 cm (8vo)
format(s)
Journal
Holdings
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pub. began/ended
[Vol. 1, no. 1] (Jan. 1784)-[v. 2, no. 17] (May 1785).
imprint
London [England] : Printed for Harrison and Co. No 18, Paternoster-Row, 1784-1785.
current frequency
Monthly.
citation/reference
Bentley, G.E., Blake books, 513
NCBEL, II:1287
NCBEL, II:1307
Times handlist, p. 45
general note
Each monthly number has a fold-out frontispiece illustrating one of the issue's articles or poems. Plates in first five numbers engraved by William Blake after illustrations by Stothard (1) and Collings (4). Three other plates are engraved after Collings illustrations. Two are engraved by Anker Smith, one by Walter Thomas. The rest of the plates are unsigned.
Editor and contributor to no. 1-4: Thomas Holcroft. Cf. NCBEL.
Includes several series of essays: The Story-teller, no. 1-5 (Jan.-May 1784); The Town-talker, no. 1-3 (Feb.-Apr. 1784); The Night-walker, no. 1-8 (July 1784-Mar. 1785); The Traveller, no. 1-4 (Jan.-Apr. 1785).
The frontispiece for the first number (Jan. 1784) exists as two quite separate plates with many striking differences. Cf. Bentley.
With title page vignette.
local note
Victoria University Library copies have 2 volumes bound together.
Victoria University Library copy 1 (Blake no. 794) has second version of the frontispiece for Jan. 1784, as described in G.E. Bentley's Blake books, pp. 634-635.
Victoria University Library copy 1 (Blake no. 794) lacks fold-out frontispieces for Dec. 1784, April 1785 and May 1785 numbers.
Victoria University Library copy 2 (Blake Suppl. no. 105) has bookplate of Ellen O'Neil Logan, designed by Marc J. Rowe.
Victoria University Library copy 2 (Blake Suppl. no. 105) has first version of the frontispiece for Jan. 1784, as described in G.E. Bentley's Blake books, pp. 634-635.
catalogue key
5923922
indexes/finding aids
Prose, poetry, puzzles and contributors indexed at end of each volume.
 
Cumulates monthly issues with added prefatory material of: The Wit's Magazine.
Gift to Victoria University Library (Blake no. 794). Bentley, G.E., Jr. 2005/10/01.
Individual issues numbered I-XVII in indexes to cumulated volumes.

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