Reynolds, George William McArthur (ed.). Reynolds's Political Instructor.

London, John Dicks at the Office of Reynold's Miscellany, [1849].

Folio (260 x 380 mm). 25 (instead of 27) numbered issues bound in one volume. 8 pp. each (except no. 27, comprising 4 pp., and a supplement to no. 9, also comprising 4 pp.). With numerous woodcut illustrations. Later full cloth with giltstamped spine title.


The first year of "Reynolds's Political Instructor", the leading newspaper of the post-Chartist era. Each issue included a signed editorial by Reynolds, featuring "radical commentaries on the week's events" (Brake/Demoor). Essentially a Chartist periodical, the "Instructor" argued for "the Charter and Something More", advocating universal suffrage and the rights of the working class. The paper "was part of the culture of radical internationalism, supporting revolutionary and liberal movements in Europe, and as such was also published in Paris by the Galignani brothers" (ibid.). Each issue features woodcut portraits of important political activists, among them Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-72), Julian Harney (1817-97) and John Mitchel (1815-75). Launched in 1849, the periodical became "Reynolds's Weekly Newspaper" in May 1850, ceasing publication in 1967 as the "Sunday Citizen". The present series omits only nos. 8 and 11.

A few tears repaired with adhesive tape. Somewhat browned. Provenance: from the collection of Chimen Abramsky (1916-2010), London.


Brake/Demoor, Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland 540.

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