Hamilton Town and Country Magazine, 1776-1792 22 Volumes

Hamilton Town and Country Magazine, 1776-1792 22 Volumes

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The Town And Country Magazine Volume III., 1771 through Volume XXIV., 1792

Printed In London For Alexander Hamilton

The Volumes are in Very Good Condition Bound in publishers half-calf over marbled boards, with the spines divided into six compartments by five gilt bands, with red morocco letter-pieces in the second compartments from the tops. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with some chipping to the heads and tails of early volume spines, with some splitting on certain hinges as well, with book blocks generally sound, with no broken cords and all boards firmly in place. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with foxing and toning found on certain leaves throughout the volumes.

We note that it is extraordinary to find a run of this magazine in such excellent shape still in the original 18th Century publishers bindings. Most copies that come up for sale are either in poor condition or missing substantial number of plates. Third Floor Rare Books has collated all 22 volumes and has available on their website some 800 photographs that detail this wonderful collection.

The Volumes are Complete with the following exceptions due to binding errors; Vol I 1771, extra leaves have been bound in, it is otherwise complete, Vol XV 1783, 3Q2-3 are loose and gather 4Y are bound upside-down, Vol XVIII 1786 leaves 2U2-3 absent, Vol XX 1788 leaf 3G1 absent.

See below for pagination & dimensions.


Spines - The Town and Country Magazine

Of the Town and Country Magazine

Town and Country Magazine was founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1769. It gained the name “Town and Country” because Hamilton had two offices, one in urban Clerkenwell and one in a rural area near Highgate. In the 1770s there was a dramatic increase in suits brought by men and their wives’ lovers in England. Many people became eager to read transcripts of adultery trials, seeing them as a form of soft-core pornography. Town and Country Magazine capitalised on the public’s interest by running stories on the topic. The initial issues often made political points, but this focus was lost over time. By 1771 Town and Country Magazine claimed monthly sales of 12,000 copies, although some scholars argue that the actual number was significantly fewer. Prominent contributors included Thomas Chatterton and Thomas Holcroft. Town and Country Magazine was published until 1796 when it folded.

It has been credited with inspiring later papers, including The Satirist.The opening scene of the original production of The School for Scandal mentions Town and Country Magazine, which was the only publication mentioned by name in the play. Town and Country Magazine was more upscale than many of its competitors, who focused on prostitutes and brothels. It printed stories about members of many different professions, although the most common subjects were “aristocratic rakes and their kept women”. Town and Country Magazine featured what were known as Tête-à-Tête articles that detailed illicit meetings between members of society. The articles always featured oval miniature portraits of the subjects of the articles, and always a man and a woman. While portions of the names of the involved parties were often partially redacted, it frequently was easy for readers to deduce their identities, such as Edmund Burke, William Pitt, Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Billington. Some of the stories that were published were fictional, but most were inspired by actual events, all of which involved members of the small court of George III. As the Magazine was published during and after the American Revolution there is much on the Americas with many of the Tete a Tete’s featuring military figures such as “The American Hero”, Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, featured in the 1775 Magazine.
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Pagination & Dimensions

The volumes are paginated as follows:
Vol. III; [ii], [3]-96, 601-606, 633-640, 705-712, 97-717, [ix].: [A]1, B-D4, E6, F-2N4, 4H3, 4M, 4X, O4, Q3, R-4Z4. Index Lists 23 plates + Frontis. Supplement also contained Tete a Tete 37 & 38 for 1771 and a plate of the Eruption of Solway Moss 1771. For a total of 25 plates plus Frontis. This copy lacks three plates; Pg 305 View of the Adelphi, Pg 401 Tete a Tete 22 & 23, Pg 417 Pyrrhus. Actual Plate count: 23 plates + Frontis.
Vol. IV; [ii], [3]-240, 243-716, [12].: [A]1, B-2H4, 2I3, K-4Z4. Index list 23 plates +Frontis. Supplement plates were Tete a Tete 37 & 38, The India Directors in the Suds. For a total of 25 plates plus Frontis. This volume also contains a folding sheet of music not in the plate list. This copy lacks one plate: Pg 193 Rash Connection Actual plate count: 24 plates, Frontis, folding sheet of music.
Vol. V; [4], [i]-ii, [5]-716, [12].: [A]1, [B]-4Z4. Index lists 23 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates were Tete a Tete 37 & 38, the affecting Interview. For a total of 25 plates plus Frontis. This copy lacks Pg 313 Dance in Island of Uliceca, Pg 473 Thunderstorm and The affecting Interview in the supplement. It does contain an extra plate not in the list – Pg 641 Distracted Husband. Actual plate count: 23 plates + frontis
Vol. VI; [3], [i]-ii, [4-5]-717, [11].:[A]1, [B]-4Z4.
Index list 23 plates +Frontis. Supplement plates included in Index. Pg 641 plate is folding. This copy lacks 4 plates; Pg 137 Perplexed Wife, Pg 408 Cozeners, Pg 473 Rash Proceedings, Pg 689 Fatal Resentment. Actual plate count 19 plus Frontis
Vol. VII; [iii]-iv-[5]-724, [12].: [A]1, B-4Z, *4Z4.Index list 23 plates +Frontis. Supplement plates were Tete a Tete 37 & 38 and a large folding map of Boston Harbour and town. For a total of 25 plates plus Frontis. This volume lacks Pg 481 Mrs Rudd, but contains an extra plate at Pg 81 The Force of Love, not in the list. The Boston map was bound into Volume IX in our set.Actual plate count 24 plus Frontis
Vol. VIII; [2], [i]-iv-[v]-716, [12].: [A]1, B-4Z4.Index lists 23 plates +Frontis. Supplement plates were Tete a Tete 37 & 38 and The Surprise. For a total of 25 plates plus Frontis. This volume lacks Pg 177 Tete a Tete 31 & 32, Pg 361 Favorite Abandoned, Tete a Tete (Political Platonic Lovers) 37 & 38 in supplement. Note this plate (37,38) is found bound in the supplement section of the 1777 issue. Actual plate count 22 plus Frontis.
Vol. IX; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-716, [12].: [A]1, B-[Z]-4Z4.Index lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. This volume lacks Pg 569 Tete a tete 31 & 32 but has 2 extra plates from earlier volumes. Pg 33 folding map of Boston, Pg 704 Tete a tete Platonic Lovers 37 & 38. Actual plate count 26 plus frontis.
Vol. X; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-718, [10].: [A]1, [B]-4Z4.Index lists 26 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Coloured folding map by John Lodge of West Indies. This volume lacks Pg 681 Tete a Tete 37 & 38. Actual plate count 25 plus Frontis
Vol. XI; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-718, [10].: [X]1, B-4Z4. Index lists 23 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Complete as per list.
Vol. XII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-56, [1]-8, [57-59]-280, [1]-8, [281-284]-726, [10].: [A]1, B-H, A, I-2N, A, 2O-5A4.Index lists 26 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. This volume lacks Pg 683 Vanquished Beauty. Actual plate count 25 plus Frontis.
Vol. XIII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-720, [8].: [A]1, B-4Z4 .Index lists 23 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Folding Map of Jersey bound in at Pg 33. Total plate count 24 plus Frontis. This volume lacks Pg 377 Farewell. Actual plate count 23 plus Frontis.
Vol. XIV; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-720, [8].: [A]1, B-4Z4. Index lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Complete as per list.
Vol. XV; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-712, [1],719-713 (These leaves have been bound upside-down), [8].: [A]1, [B]-4Z4.Index lists 23 plates plus frontis. This volume also contains a tipped in folding poem by Chatterton for a total plate count of 24 plus frontis. This volume lacks Pg 9 Tete a tete 2 & 3, Pg 121 Tete a tete 7 & 8. Actual plate count 22 plus frontis.
Vol. XVI; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-720, [8].: [A]1, B-4Z4. Index lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Complete as per list.
Vol. XVII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-672, [678-679]-680-716, [8].:; [A]1, B-4Q4, R3-4, 4S-4X4, 4Y2.Index lists 26 plates plus Frontis. This volume lacks Pg 32 The Contrast. Actual plate count 25 plus frontis.
Vol. XVIII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-698, 703-716, [4].: [A]1, B-4U1,4, 4x-4Y4. ndex lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. This volume lacks five plates; Pg 9 Tete a Tete 2 & 3, Pg 545 Unexpected arrival, Pg 569 Tete a tete 31 & 31, Pg 681 Tete a tete 37 & 38, Pg 625 Tete a tete 34 & 35. Note: The Mrs. Nicholson, King George Assassination attempt plate is present but loosely inserted. Actual plate count 20 plus Frontis.
Vol. XIX; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-64, (65-68), 65-620, [iv], 2, 2.: [A]1, B-I4, (I)2, K-4K4, [4I]2. Index lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Complete as per list
Vol. XX; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-404, 407-624, [iv].: [A]1, B-G4, H2, I-3F4, 3G2-4, 3H-4L4. Index lists 26 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Complete as per list.
Vol. XXI; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-620, [4].: [A] 1, B-4K4. Index lists 26 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Complete as per list.
Vol. XXII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-620, [4].: [A]1, B-4K4. ndex lists 25 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Includes folding plate of Portsmouth. Complete as per list.
Vol. XXIII; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-612, [4].: [A]1, B-4I4.Index lists 24 plates plus frontis. This volume lacking Pg 439 Duke of York but has an extra plate not on the list, Pg 536 The Christian Captive. Total plate count 24 plates plus Frontis.
Vol. XXIV; [2], [iii]-iv-[v]-572, [4].: [A]1, B-4D4. Index lists 23 plates plus Frontis. Supplement plates included in index. Note: This volume published by proprietors, not Hamilton. Many of the plates are re-issues from earlier volumes. Complete as per list.

Plate count as per lists plus extras in supplement.
Possible: 547 plates + 22 Frontis + 22 Engraved Title Pages for 591 plates
Actual: 524 plates + 22 frontis + 22 Engraved Title pages for 568 plates leaving this large, complicated set short only 23 plates.

Please note Tete a tete plates are counted as one plate.

Map of Boston - Town and Country Magazine


The volumes measure about 21.5 cm. By 15 cm. By 4-5 cm. Each leaf measures about 205 mm. By 130 mm.

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