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The Observer.   Seven issues: Vol. I, No. 6 (Feb. 7, 1807) through Vol. I, No. 12 (Mar. 21, 1807).
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The Observer. Seven issues: Vol. I, No. 6 (Feb. 7, 1807) through Vol. I, No. 12 (Mar. 21, 1807).

by [Early American Magazine.] [Woman Editor.] Beatrice Ironside (pseudonym of Eliza Anderson or Eliza Anderson Godefoy).

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In late 1806 at the age of 27, Eliza Anderson began publishing The Observer, a weekly magazine, in Baltimore. Anderson thus arguably became the first female editor of a general interest magazine in the United States. Prior to Anderson's efforts, a few other women had edited American magazines, but those had been intended for a female audience. The Observer's audience, in contrast, was the general public.
Prior to The Observer, Anderson contributed to and, toward the end of its run, apparently edited The Companion and Weekly Miscellany, a Baltimore magazine published from November, 1804 through October, 1806. After that magazine ceased publication, the 27-year old Anderson started The Observer. The Observer had a run of just over a year – from late November, 1806 through December, 1807. This brief run was not atypical for American magazines of the time.
Offered here is a remarkable run of seven issues of The Observer in their original printed wrappers, Vol. I, Nos. 6-12, from February 7… Read more
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