the lady’s magazine

June 2018 UPDATE: until I supplement the links on this page, see the blog post with many more issues of The Lady’s Magazine.

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; 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 scans).

The Original Series, 1770-1818 (vols 1-49):

January-December 1771

January-December 1775

January-December 1778
January-December 1779

January-December 1781

January-December 1784

January-December 1786
January-December 1787

January-December 1789

January-December 1790
January-December 1791

January-December 1794

January-December 1796
January-December 1797

January-December 1802

January-December 1810

The New Series, 1820-1829 (vols. 1-10):

January-December 1829

The Improved Series, 1830-1832 (vols. 1-5):

January-December 1830

A merger with the Lady’s Monthly Museum had already occurred in 1828.  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.

1844 (The Illustrated Belle Assemblee)

The Court Magazine:

July-December, 1832

January-June, 1834

July-December, 1835

January-June, 1836; July-December, 1836
January-June, 1837; July-December, 1837

January-June, 1841

January-June, 1845; July-December, 1845 [may begin ‘August’]

volume 29” and “volume 30

Lady’s Monthly Museum:

1825-26 (Ladies Museum)

January-December 1832

January-December 1834
January-December 1835
January-December 1836
January-December 1837

The Ladies’ Cabinet of Fashion:

1840 – vol. 3


1868 – 2nd series

Geo. D. Doudney’s Monthly Fashion Sheet:

As the name implies, Doudney’s fashion sheets are small – 2 pages – but packed with description and a sketch, of men’s fashions. Concentrating on coats, trousers, waistcoats, the flyer was a marketing tool of Doudney, a Fleet-Street tailor.

February, 1835
March, 1835
April, 1835

different: Elegant Extracts – Poetry & Prose (1797)


  1. anievan said,

    I just found your three blogs. How do you find time for them all? They are terrific finds, and I look forward to following them. Really a lot better than the most blogs – substantive, unusual and interesting. I look forward to your 3 vol bio!

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      Dear Anievan — find the time? lately: I don’t. As readers can tell — my poor Ladies and especially the book site are just unupdated. Gotta get internet at home… These trips to libraries are killing me, as more libraries tighten up the use of internet.

      I have about half of chapter 1 of book one – it will be a bit of a wait.

      BUT — announcement alert: I’m working on a book, information culled from the blog, but ordered by subject versus time; it will be a *free* Kindle book if all goes as planned… will keep you posted.

      And thanks, for writing; always WONDERFUL to hear from readers – have them “like” posts – get some comments and reactions. Research is sometimes a lonely business…


  2. anievan said,

    Yay! Looking forward to the book. I feel for you on the library front. Sometimes even one’s alma mater can be most unwelcoming. Good luck!

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      The one thing I REALLY miss at my alma mater is they don’t support inter-library loan for alumni. Gosh, when I was working at a college that was a wonderful perk.

      I’m lucky to live close by – but I might have to find home internet so I can get some work done!

      I hope the Kindle works out — it will update, and certainly “rearrange” blog material; and give me some added “exposure”. I love it when people have diaries and letters, but they won’t know I’m looking if they don’t know about the research.

      I love your enthusiasm! thanks….


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