[FORESTER, FRANK (=HERBERT, HENRY WILLIAM) & THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE] The Corsair. A Gazette of Literature, Art, Dramatic Criticism, Fashion and Novelty.
New York: [Willis and Porter], March 16, 1839-March 7, 1840. Period American full red morocco gilt, all edges marbled. 12 x 8 inches (30.5 x 20 cm); containing 52 parts in 831,  pp. Some binding wear, two tears without loss to the first leaf, generally a good copy, attractively bound. With the bookplate of Albert R. Whittier Jr. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return.
A rare Thackeray desideratum; in 1839, as Thackeray was first gaining literary prominence, he was prevailed upon to write for the newly founded Corsair by Nathaniel Parker Willis. He contributed eight "Letters from London, Paris, Pekin, Petersburg &c." That for September 14, 1839 for example, contains a lengthy article discussing Georges Sand. Unfortunately Willis proved a corsair indeed, and did not fully pay Thackeray. The periodical ceased with issue 52 in 1840. Also contained are six chapters by Frank Forester (Henry William Herbert) A week in the woodlands, which form the first six chapters of The Warwick Woodlands. Henderson p. 93 for Forester; Wilson Thackeray in the United States pp. 229-231 for the Thackeray contributions.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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