[Item #50536] Twentieth Century. A Weekly Radical Magazine [Run of 28 Issues for January - July, 1892]. ANARCHIST PERIODICALS, Hugh PENTECOST, wen.

Twentieth Century. A Weekly Radical Magazine [Run of 28 Issues for January - July, 1892]

New York: Twentieth Century Publishing Co., 1892. A run of twenty-eight weekly issues in original pictorial paper wrappers, comprising: Vol. VIII no. 1 (Jan 7, 1892)-8; 10-26; Vol IX, 1-3 (July 21, 1892). Each issue paginated as follows: i-iv; [1]-16; v-viii; front and rear matter containing adverts. Occasional light soil and marginal flaking to covers, but a beautifully-preserved run in the original wrappers, seldom found thus. A near-consecutive run (but for a single missing issue) for the first seven months of 1892.

A popular Progressive Era journal of radical politics and social reform, edited by the firebrand ex-Baptist minister Hugh Pentecost. Pentecost (1848-1907) is remembered principally as a promoter of the single-tax philosophy of Henry George, but Twentieth Century covered a wide gamut of contemporary radical thought, with regular articles on Socialism, Social Gospel, Freethought, and especially Anarchism, in keeping with Pentecost's editorial statement of July, 1890: "This magazine advocates Personal Sovereignty in place of State Sovereignty, Voluntary Cooperation instead of Compulsory Cooperation, the Liberation of mind from Superstition, and the application of the principles of Ethics toward Social Regeneration" (July 3, 1890; quoted in Longa, Anarchist Periodicals in English). The magazine also featured literary content, including poetry and serialized fiction. The present run of issues includes the concluding twelve chapters (XII-XXIV) of a utopian novel, The Journal of a Scientist During a Voyage to the Planet Mars, by Samuel H. King; other contributors include Dyer Lum, C.L. James, Clifford Howard, Henry Frank, Hudor Genone, and many others including extensive content by Pentecost himself. Longa gives the magazine's dates of publication as 1888 to 1892, however Beinecke holds issues as late as 1897 and gives the date of the final issue as June 25, 1898. Individual issues are highly uncommon in commerce, especially in this condition, and the magazine is sparsely held institutionally, with OCLC noting only two locations in North America (Yale, UNC, both incomplete); also at British Library and IISH. LONGA Anarchist Periodicals in English Published in the United States, p.255ff.

Price: $750.00

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