Analectic Magazine

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Analectic Magazine, 1816

The Analectic Magazine (1813–1820) was published in Philadelphia by Moses Thomas, and later, by James Maxwell.[1] Maxwell became ill in 1820 and publication ceased; the National Archives hold letters between President Thomas Jefferson and James Maxwell detailing Jefferson's subscription to Analectic Magazine.[2]

The magazine was described as, "Comprising original reviews, biography, analytical abstracts of new publications, translations from French journals, and selections from the most esteemed British reviews."

A survey of topics includes:

An Essay on the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Mr. de Malesherbes; addressed to my children: by the Count de Boissy d'Anglas, peer of France, member of the Royal Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres, and grand officer of the Royal order of the legion of honour, 2 vols. octavo. Paris and London. (1820).

Rand's System of Penmanship, with Instructions, &c. Philadelphia, published by the author. (1819).

Notes on the Missouri River, and some of the Native Tribes in its Neighborhood.-By a Military Gentleman attached to the Yellowstone Expedition in 1819. (1820).

Sismondi on Prejudices: Prejudices of Memory. Translated from the French. (1820).

Some issues contained reprinted articles from the British press, and there were extensive book reviews. Washington Irving served as editor 1813-1814.[3] "The first lithograph ever made in America is in this magazine for July 1819. It represents a woodland scene — a flowing stream and a single house upon the bank. It was made by Bass Otis."[4]


  1. ^ WorldCat
  2. ^ Letters from and to Thomas Jefferson[1]
  3. ^ Cyclopaedia of American literature. NY: Scribner, 1855
  4. ^ Albert H. Smyth. The Philadelphia magazines and their contributors, 1741-1850. Philadelphia: R. M. Lindsay, 1892

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