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 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 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:
Lady’s Monthly Museum:
1825-26 (Ladies Museum)
different: Elegant Extracts – Poetry & Prose (1797)