Hesperian; or, Western Monthly Magazine.
(HESPERIAN). The Hesperian; or, Western Monthly Magazine. Edited by William D. Gallagher and Otway Curry [for Vol. One]. Columbus and Cincinnati: John D. Nichols, 1838-1839. 3 Vols. 500,ii;500;500pp. double-columned. Vols. One & Two in full calf, gilt-ruled raised spine bands, red morocco sine labels; Vol. Three contemporary 3/4 calf and marbled boards, gilt-ruled spine. Light scattered foxing, boards of Vol. Three rubbed, else a very good set. Sabin 31615.Rare, Worldcat locates only six complete runs. Streeter Sale VII:4188 for Vols. One and Two. A complete run of this scarce magazine from May 1838 to November 1839; no issue was published for May 1839 when the magazine moved from Columbus to Cincinnati. The Hesperian was edited by the industrious William D. Gallagher who had recently edited two magazines, neither of which lasted more than six months. Contributors included James Fenimore Cooper, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and William Henry Harrison "Among its more important contributors of original material were William Gilmore Simms, C.P. Cranch, Mrs. Sigourney, Mrs. Amelia B. Welby, and J.F. Meline. A critical department was occupied chiefly with the slender output of the literature of the frontier, though it occasionally noticed other and more widely circulated books"-Mott, A History of American Magazines, I, pp. 692-3.