THE SPORTING MAGAZINE, United with the Sportsman, Sporting Review & New Sporting Magazine

 London, Rogerson & Tuxford, 1856.


8vo, 14 vols, abundantly illustrated. Two volumes per year (Jan-June; July-Dec): 1856-59 complete; July-Dec 1861 only; 1862-63 complete; Jan-June1864 only. Numbers issued in 1856-59 bound in half calf and marbled paper over boards, marbled pastedowns and richly gilt spine with raised bands, red and black morocco labels with gilt lettering. Remaining volumes bound in the same style, except for the spine, which presents marginal gilt roll motives. Some browning, light foxing and occasional dampstaining throughout, Cover and spine edges a little worn, labels starting to detach.



PEARSON’S MAGAZINE (Vols 9-12, 14, 33-36)

London, C. Arthur Pearson Ltd


Vols 9-12 bound in half calf and green buckram with floral pattern, hardback, gilt title to spine. Numerous illustrations. Spines deteriorated and very worn and chipped. 1900, lacking titles, 9 (Jan-June, pp. 680), 10 (July-Dec, pp. 744); 1901, 11 (Jan-June, pp. 680), 12 (July-Dec, pp. 744); 1902, 14 (July-Dec, pp. 744).

Vols 33-36 bound in dark brown buckram, hardback, gilt title to spine. 1912, 33 (Jan-June, pp. 680), 34 (July-Dec, pp. 760); 1913, 35 (Jan-June, pp. 696), 36 (July-Dec, pp. 744, ff. 1).

Pearson’s Magazine was a monthly periodical which first appeared in Britain in 1896. A US version began publication in 1899. It specialises in speculative literature, political discussion, often of a socialist bent, and the arts. Its contributors included Upton Sinclair, George Bernard Shaw, Maxim Gorky, George Griffith, H. G. Wells, Dornford Yates, and E. Phillips Oppenheim, many of whose short stories and novelettes first saw publication in Pearson’s. It was the first British periodical to publish a crosswords puzzle, in February 1922.



London, George Newnes, 1894.


Vol. 7, January to June, pp. 672. Numerous attractive illustrations. Half black morocco and buckram over boards, red speckled fore-edges.

The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine founded by George Newnes on short fiction and articles of general interest. It was published in the United Kingdom from January 1891 to March 1950, running to 711 issues. The Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were first published in The Strand with illustrations by Sidney Paget. With the serialization of Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, sales with their peak. Readers lined up outside the magazine’s offices, waiting for the next installation. E. W. Hornung’s stories about A. J. Raffles, the “gentleman thief”, first appeared at The Strand in the 1890s. Other contributors included Grant Allen, Margery Allingham, JE Preston Muddock, HG Wells, EC Bentley, Agatha Christie, Mary Angela Dickens, CB Fry, Walter Goodman, E. Nesbit, WW Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Morrison, Dorothy L. Sayers, Georges Simenon, Edgar Wallace, Max Beerbohm, PG Wodehouse, Dornford Yates and Winston Churchill. On one occasion a sketch by Queen Victoria or one of her children appeared with her permission. In addition to the many fiction pieces and illustrations, The Strand was also known for some time as the source of ground-breaking brain teasers, under a column called “Perplexities”, first written by Henry Dudeney.