Periodicals from 1890-2000 from William Reese

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Periodicals from 1890-2000 from William Reese


Providing examples of the publications in this catalogue is like providing examples of listings from a dictionary. There are far too many of them, and most are more or less equal. Nevertheless, here are just a few. Perhaps the one out of the 871 entries that most people will recognize is the American Mercury. This is the publication of the irascible H.L. Mencken, literary and political critic. Mencken is probably best known for his political agitation, his being opposed to just about everything government did. There are few he failed to offend at some point during his career. Were he around today, he would offend the Left with his anti-tax sentiments, the Right with his anti-war and pro-privacy right opinions. Item 16 is the first two issues of the Mercury, from January and February 1924. Priced at $50.

L'Alouette A Magazine of Verse was published in the 1920s and 1930s in Medford, Massachusetts. Item 11 is the July/August issue from 1930. Editor Charles Parker provides an interesting review of the 551 poems submitted to the magazine in the first half of 1930. Ninety-eight dealt with death, 73 with disappointed love, 81 with social passions. Apparently they ignored the real tragedy of the time, as there is no indication they wrote poems about the collapse of the stock market, perhaps not a poetic subject. $15.

There was probably no more exciting or distinctive decade of the last century than the 1960s. The world, America in particular, was undergoing radical change. A window on this time is presented by item 607, the Psychedelic Review. Published from 1963 until 1967, it covers topics, and substances, typical of the era. Among the contributors is Timothy Leary, poster child for the outer limits of the time. Item 617 includes issues numbers 1,2, and 9 of the 11 published. $65. Item 300 is the first issue of Inner Space, from October 1966. This is another psychedelic publication, but it lasted for only one, or possibly two, issues, before "dropping out" of the scene. $30.