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Journals collection (17th-19th C.)

A range of major and lesser-known British periodicals from the 19th century, including the Gentleman’s Magazine, Edinburgh Review, Quarterly Review, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Dublin Review, The Strand, Christian Observer, Baptist Magazine, several women’s journals, and many other titles. An important title, edited by Charles Dickens, is All Year Round, from 1859-1895. In the latter part of the 19th century, Blackwood’s Magazine featured the work of such literary luminaries as R. D. Blackmore, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Anthony Trollope and Edward Bulwer Lytton. Famously it also introduced George Eliot to the Victorian reading public. Early contributors to the Quarterly Review included the Secretaries of the Admiralty John Wilson Croker and Sir John Barrow, the Poet Laureate Robert Southey, the poet-novelist Sir Walter Scott, the Italian exile Ugo Foscolo, the Gothic novelist Charles Robert Maturin, and the essayist Charles Lamb. The Edinburgh Review by contrast could boast contributions from such seminal thinkers as John Stuart Mill, Thomas Carlyle and Bertrand Russell and literary figures such as Sir Walter Scott and Felicia Hemans. See the resource guide for literary periodicals for more information. Amongst the women's journals held are: a microfilm copy of the Ladies Mercury, a 1693 spin-off from The Athenian Mercury, and the first periodical published specifically designed just for women; the Ladies Treasury; the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, the first cheap monthly magazine published in Britain specifically for middle-class women; and the Lady’s Magazine. See the resource guide for women's history periodicals for more information. Nearly 200 titles are held in the collection.

Date range: 17th-19th century.

Significance: Wales

Strengths: Illustrated magazines for the 19th century.

Size: c. 4,000 volumes

Languages: English.

Keywords: British journals, British periodicals, United Kingdom

Notes: A full listing of all journals is available. See also the Newspapers collection, covering a similar period.