The Lady’s Book

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Title

The Lady’s Book

Publisher

L.A. Godey & Co.

Date

January 1834

Coverage

Philadelphia

Subject

Volume 8, number 1

Description

(Godey’s) Lady’s Book was the most influential women’s magazine of the nineteenth century. Sarah Josepha Hale assumed the editorship in 1836. In addition to its fine hand-colored fashion plates and piano music, Godey’s published only original works by American authors. From a circulation of 10,000 copies in 1838, it reached 150,000 by 1860. This issue contains the first printing of “The Visionary” by Edgar Allan Poe, his first contribution to a national magazine.