This large book published in the 1890s is full of articles, poetry, songs and fiction pieces. Delightfully illustrated throughout. Assumed to be a bound copy, of the monthly magazines for the year, together in one volume. Half-leather binding.
Named after the Greek mythological heroine Atalanta, the magazine was founded by L. T. Meade as a successor to Every Girl's Magazine. It appeared monthly from January 1887 at six pence per issue. A high literary standard was aimed for; original short stories and serials were published from authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, H. Rider Haggard, E. Nesbit, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Amy Levy, John Strange Winter, Grant Allen, Walter Besant, Maxwell Gray, and Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman.
Additionally the magazine contained as Scholarship and Reading Union. As part of this there were articles of criticism: Anne Thackeray on Jane Austen, Mary Ward on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hughes on Charles Kingsley, Charlotte Yonge on John Keble and Andrew Lang on Walter Scott. Readers were invited to send in their own critical essays, for which prizes were awarded.
As well as literary matters, the magazine sought to widen girls' aspirations and opportunities in middle-class careers, so there were articles on medicine, the civil service and typewriting. Secondary school education for women was described by teachers such as Dorothea Beale. An article by a male university professor claiming that higher education was harmful to women was answered by a torrent of letters including one from the later suffragette Evelyn Sharp.
In 1893 Meade handed over the editorship to A. Balfour Symington, and he in turn was succeeded in 1896 by Edwin Oliver The quality of the magazine was considered to be falling in these latter years and it was closed in September 1898.
The leather on the spine is rubbed and worn with damage to top and bottom. There is also white staining on the mid green boards (back & front). A split along the internal joint where the end-paper joins the spine, although the binding is still firmly attached. Pages are clean throughout.
This is a heavy item and will be dispatched by courier.