Notices & Reviews of The Young People’s Book (1841-1842)

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Review. The Iris, or Literary Messenger, 1 (September 1841): 529.

… “The Young People’s Book, or Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge,” edited by John Frost, A. M., is published at Philadelphia. A beautiful and entertaining periodical; written and adorned with unusual taste. There is a beautiful mezzotint, from Sartain; and several well-executed wood-cuts. The material is well arranged, as it deserves to be; for among its authors are some of our highest literary names. In the list of contributors, we see Mrs. Sigourney, Dr. Bache, Joseph R. Chandler, Judge Conrad, author of Aylmere, Dr. Bird, author of the “Infidel,” “Calavar,” &c. &c., Mrs. Hale, Prof. Ingraham, and others. With such contributors, the work cannot fail of success; and we heartily wish it. In the present number, the paper on “Punctuality, “The Age of Discovery in Portugal, and the “Four Henrys,” are the best. The typographical execution is exceedingly neat, ad does credit to the printers of our sister city. We recommend the magazine to the public, and do not think that a cheaper or better “Young People’s Book” has been, or is issued any where.


Notice. The New World 3 (11 Sept 1841): 173.

Israel Post’s Publications.—We have received and acknowledge[d] the Lady’s Book for September ….

Also, The Young People’s Book, a new periodical at $1 50 a year, very handsomely embellished. Mr. Post’s office in this city is 88 Bowery.


Notice. Ladies’ Pearl, 2 (May 1842): 462. Ed. Daniel Wise.

Young People’s Book. This is a splendid production for young people, with writers of established reputation, unsurpassed mechanical execution, and engravings of the first order. It deserves universal patronage. $2 per annum. Subscriptions received at this office.


Notice. Brother Jonathan, 1 (April 9, 1842): 409. Ed. Park Benjamin & Rufus Wilmot Griswold.

The Young People’s Book. April, 1842. New York: Post, 88 Bowery.

Elegantly printed, neatly and lavishly ornamented, unexceptionable, and in many instances superior in matter. That will do for a puff, and what’s better, it’s all true.


Review. Brother Jonathan, 2 (June 4, 1842): 157. Ed. Park Benjamin & Rufus Wilmot Griswold.

The Young People’s Book for June is received, as also The People’s Library, from Israel Post. The former we have uniformly spoken in high terms of; the latter is also one of the best works of its kind in the world. It is now occupied with Mrs. McLean’s (Miss Landon’s) novels. It is beautifully printed, and well got up in every respect.


Review. The New-York Mirror, 20 (August 13, 1842): 263. Ed. Daniel Fanshawe.

The “Young People’s Book” for August, published by Morton McMichael, Philadelphia, is interesting to Old People also, by its entertaining and instructive contents. The lines to a lady sleeping over her Bible are very graceful, and the notes on London, by the “American in Paris,” are free from his usual objectionable peculiarity. No one ever finds his articles too long, but many think that they are often rather broad.

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