19th century Harper’s Weekly reviewed…

December 11, 2017 by  
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Over the years we have made several mentions of Harper’s Weekly, one of the most beloved illustrated newspapers of the 19th century. This title is also one of the most sought-after collectibles through our website,

RareNewspapers.com. Although I’m sure many others exist, I was pleasantly surprised to find a contemporary review of this publication on the front page of the Springfield Republican dated February 13, 1867. Even more pleasing was my discovery that, unlike It’s a Wonderful Life, the works of Vincent Van Gogh, and Thoreau’s Walden, along with a host of other now-popular people, songs, products, books, etc., which initially  found it difficult to gain traction, at least in one journalist’s opinion was seen as an unrivaled, gem of a publication. Their review stated, in part:


“The Harpers offer their Weekly in bound volumes for the year 1866 for $7. As a record and illustration of the times, it has no rival; its pages are history, literature and politics, all of the safest and soundest sort. Good as are the Harper’s pictures for America, valuable as its record of passing events, and interesting as are generally its sketches and stories…” (view entire article).

The link RareNewspapers.com will take you to our website where nearly every Harper’s Weekly has been photographed and described for your reading and viewing pleasure. Please enjoy.

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2 Responses to “19th century Harper’s Weekly reviewed…”

  1. Actapublicurist on December 24th, 2017 6:42 am

    Truly, “as a record and illustration of the time, it has no rival…”
    An apt review! The exquisite detail of the engravings makes one wonder at the enormous amount of work (and talent) needed to create them!
    Having obtained many Harper’s, both individual issues and some bound volumes, I cannot recommend them enough for beginning collectors in order to get the feel and flavor of the 19th century. Other fine illustrated publications in the same vein include Gleason’s Pictorial, Ballou’s Pictorial, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated, New York Illustrated News, Southern Illustrated News, Illustrated London News, The Day’s Doings (London), the Daily Graphic, National Police Gazette, Illustrated Police News, and Scientific American.
    As an added bonus, they occasionally have super-large, fold-out engravings spanning several pages in size.
    There is a reason Harper’s and these others enjoyed such large circulations at the time. It’s fun–and quite educational–for us to rediscover that reason today.

  2. GuyHeilenman on January 4th, 2018 2:07 pm

    Thank you for your insightful response.

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