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    The Hesperian    (about)
    Edited by Mrs. F. H. Day of San Francisco, 1860 (presumably earlier also)—Oct 1862; from the Nov 1862 issue (Vol 9 No. 1) it is edited by Mrs. E. T. Schenck and Rev. J. D. Strong.

    On p. 333 of Vol. 4 Mrs. Day notes that her father was Sheldon Ball.

    The magazine publisher offers, in the Sept 1860 issue, to do job printing of every description, from their address: No. 6 Montgomery St. SF. Schenck and Jordan had it printed by someone else.

    Mostly non-fiction, poetry, essays, or moral items sometimes disguised as dialogues; also some nice engravings, illustrations of flowers (sometimes colored) and dress and fashion designs and patterns. Size: small Standard, perhaps 6x9. You can guess from the page numbering the issue size; there were no ads to speak of.

    One issue contained a two-page argument against the practice of authors leaving their names off their work, or using pseudonyms. Also, the magazine refuses to accept any manuscripts sent in anonymously. However, many of the stories in these issues were printed with no author credited, or credited to Phosphor and so on.

    Many engravings are included herein, of the finest quality, and one example was clearly done originally as the frontis for a book on Byron. It seems likely the magazine bought overruns of engravings from book or magazine publishers and stuck them in as frontispieces as an extra benefit for the subscribers.

    It’s pretty amazing that this small journal managed to come out in the howling wilderness of the uttermost West of 1860. Well, San Francisco was a pretty sophisticated place for the Old West of the time, and the devil makes work for idle brains.

    By the way, the length of the items is my best guess; they didn’t make any claims. They DID run fairly short pieces over more than one issue.



    The Hesperian [v4 #2, April 1860]
    • 84 · Anna Lee, or Something Won [Sequel to “Something Attempted”] · S. C. H. · ss; Sierra County, 1860.



    The Hesperian [v4 #4, June 1860]
    • 159 · Every Man Has His Price; or, An Old Head and a Young Heart · Urbano · ss














    The Hesperian [v6 #5, July 1861]
    • 211 · The Game at Hearts; or, the Young Wife’s Confession [Part 1 of 2] · Phosphor · ss
    • 219 · The Little Lady in Black [Part 2 of 2] · Phosphor · ss


    The Hesperian [v6 #6, August 1861]
    • 252 · The Game at Hearts [Part 2 of 2] · Phosphor · ss
    • 272 · The Dutch Uncle [Part 1 of 2] · Anon. · ss


    The Hesperian [v7 #1, September 1861]
    • 311 · The Dutch Uncle [Part 2 of 2] · Anon. · ss
    • 333 · The Bridal Robe [Part 1 of 2] · Anon. · ss




    The Hesperian [v7 #4, December 1861]
    • 443 · Helius—A Grecian Myth [Part 3 of 3] · Fanny Green · nv
    • 458 · Claus of Norland / A Christmas Legend [Part 1 of 2] · Fanny Green · nv
    • 472 · Lillie Haines [Part 2 of 3] · Cora Wilburn · ss






    The Hesperian [v8 #3, May 1862]
    p 142-3: editor announces she has to go to Europe for a year, and Mrs. E. T. Schenck will edit the mag during her absence.
    • 125 · The Cheap Dress-Maker [Part 1 of 2] · Fanny Green · ss



    The Hesperian [v8 #5, July/August 1862]
    • 205 · Ruth May [Part 1 of ?] · Fanny Green · ss
    • 219 · Mrs. Griscom’s Legacy [Part 1 of 3] · Anon. · nv



    The Hesperian [v9 #1, November 1862]
    Edited by Mrs. E. T. Schenck and Rev. J. D. Strong, Room No. 34, Government House, N.W. Corner of Washington and Sansome Sts. SF.

    [new layout and design begin with this issue; now relatively modern in design where previous volumes had been rather archaic in magazine design terms]
    • 370 · Mrs. Griscom’s Legacy [Part 2 of 3] · Anon. · nv; this story did not appear in the previous issue.


    The Hesperian [v9 #2, December 1862]
    • 412 · Mrs. Griscom’s Legacy [Part 3 of 3] · Anon. · nv









    HGMFQ [v4 #1, 2002] ed. Thomas L. Long (Harrington Park Press, an imprint of Haworth Press, 130pp+, 8½" x 6")
    Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly. ISSN: 1522-3140 Details supplied by Richard Bleiler.


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