1883-6. Hardcover. Ex-library six cloth and one 3/4 leather. Seven volumes for the years 1883-6. Volume 1 spine chipped. Volume 2 spine torn. Volumes 5-6 worn at crown and heel. Seven books in very good condition. Includes Arthur Conan Doyle's "J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement." Item #124614
Cornhill was founded by George Murray Smith in 1859, the first issue carrying the cover date of January 1860. It continued until 1975. It was a literary journal with a selection of articles on diverse subjects and serialisations of new novels. Smith hoped to gain some of the same readership enjoyed by All the Year Round, a similar magazine owned by Charles Dickens, and he employed as editor William Thackeray, Dickens' great literary rival at the time.The magazine was phenomenally successful, selling many more issues than anyone had thought likely, but within a few years circulation dropped rapidly as it failed to keep pace with changes in popular taste. It also gained a reputation for rather safe, inoffensive content in the late Victorian era.