The Long-Island Journal of Philosophy, and Cabinet of Variety. Conducted By Samuel Fleet. Assisted By a Number of Literary Gentlemen For December 1825 Vol. I. Number 8
(Americana - 19th Century - Periodical - The Long-Island Journal of Philosophy - Samuel Fleet)

Huntington, Long Island, NY: Printed By Hiram Herskell, 1825. F (47) pages; back cover with a woodcut illustration and advertisement for the Huntington Acadmey (sic), quoting "The services of Mr. C.B. Sherman, a graduate of Yale College, and of Mr. J.W. Case, of Southold, are engaged. Every attention will be paid both to English and Classical Scholars." The magazine with original and extracted articles from various sources, letters, including a biography of Timothy Dwight, articles on arts, sciences and manufactures, education, agriculture; smaller 'general intelligence' pieces including a message from the President (John Quincy Adams) which encouraged the founding of a naval academy as well as a national university in Washington. The 'Miscellany' section contains a 6-page letter regarding the "Spirit of Improvement, with remarks on Village Libraries, Village Lectures, and on a proposed road from Flushing to Huntington." Martha K. Hall in her 1940 Long Island Forum article "Long Island's First Magazine" describes Samuel Fleet: "...As well as serving the community as, Merchant, postmaster, Overseer of the Poor, Librarian of Huntington Library, and Principal of Huntington Academy, Samuel Fleet became the first native editor of Huntington and was responsible for the publication of Long Island's first magazine - The Long Island Journal of Philosophy and Cabinet of Variety...Proposals for the magazine had appeared in the American Eagle, the local newspaper published by Hiram Herskell 1824 -1826, and it was in Herskell's plant that the magazine was printed. Its first issue, May 1825, heralded a most ambitious educational enterprise…The last issue of the magazine, April 1826, bears a notice that this is the "end of volume first" and that this number completes this publication, also that "We are grateful for the encouragement received, and should have continued the publication even gratis, had not a different arrangement in the editor's business made it inadvisable for the present..." Fleet and his publishing ventures are also mentioned in association with Herskell & Samuel Alden Seabury (p. 21) In Long Island Printing 1791 - 1830 (Doggett, 1979) Original olive-gray paper wrap covers, printed with a variety of letterpress typefaces. Approx. 5 1/2" x 9 1/4" size; with some old discoloration, dustiness, edge-chipping to the paper covers. In good condition. Good Paperback (Item ID: 25510)


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