Primary materials are the life-blood of research. And journals such as The Lady’s Magazine were quite possibly read by the likes of the Smiths and Goslings. Never mind they give us today a peek into the world as seen two hundred years ago. Gentleman’s Magazine is well known to everyone – if for nothing else, its births, deaths and marriages. So now for the Ladies!
Issues are at books.google; index at the end of each; the magazine ran 1770-1837 (a complete run is on microfilm from Adam Matthew Publications (the same firm that microfilmed Mary Lady Smith’s diaries!). Note that NONE have been checked for continuity of pages… (a typical problem with books.google scans).
The Original Series, 1770-1818 (vols 1-49):
The New Series, 1820-1829 (vols. 1-10):
The Improved Series, 1830-1832 (vols. 1-5):
A merger with the Lady’s Monthly Museum had already occurred in 1928. Yet, after the further merger in 1832 with La Belle Assemblée (and, in 1838, The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic), even though these journals continued to be printed at separate locations and appear under their own title for some time, their contents were identical.
Lady’s Monthly Museum:
different: Elegant Extracts – Poetry & Prose (1797)
La Belle Assemblée (1806-1868) (also called Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine)
This magazine is exceptionally difficult to find within books.google: it may be the accent in Assemblée; there are issues out there, but not easily “findable” with its title!
January-June 1809; July-December 1809
January-June 1810 (alternative link to issue ); July-December 1810
January 1811 (supplemental); January-June 1811; July-December 1811
January-June 1812; July-December 1812
July-December 1814 *new find!*
January-June; July-December 1818
January-June 1823 *new find!*