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New at the Quarterly Review Archive

John Murray III's summary of letters in the Murray archives prospective to a history of the Quarterly Review: Some time in mid-century, John Murray III, son of the founder of the Quarterly Review and inheritor of the John Murray publishing house, researched the early history of his father's journal. As part of this effort, Murray developed a summary of important Quarterly Review -related letters preserved in the Murray archives. The summary may have been used by Samuel Smiles, author of the Memoir of John Murray. Click here for a transcript of the first page of John Murray III's summary that covers the period 1808-1809, the formation of the journal and the publication of its first four numbers. Three additional pages of notes will be transcribed in the near future; these notes cover the years 1809-1815, during which the first 15 numbers of the journal were published.

Accounts information for the first twelve numbers of the journal has been added to the index pages' head notes, including detailed publishing costs, information on cancelled articles, salaries, stipends, and sales. (Note: because a leaf from the Quarterly Review accounts book was at some point destroyed, limited accounts information is available for Numbers 9 and 10.) To pull up the table of index pages click here.

Sales information. Sales figures for the first fifteen numbers of the journal are now available, including number of copies printed and number of copies sold as of November 1811 and February 1813. Click here for the table. 

John Murray II's 1808-1809 planning notes. Never before published, these notes, written from October 1808 to August 1809, record Murray's original thoughts on his new review. Click here for a preview transcript.

Published @ RC

February 2005