Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature.

James Hamilton, ed. [Stonehenge; druids]
Publication details: 
No. I - January. London: James Nisbet and Co. Berners Street. [Printed by G. BARCLAY, Castle St., Leicester Sq.]
SKU: 5943

8vo: 44 + 8 + 80 pp. Three engravings by Pearson ('Stonehenge', 'The Walrus' and 'Infusoria'). In original brown printed wraps. Good, though a touch dusty and dogeared, in creased and worn wraps, with loss to one corner at rear (not affecting text). A scarce survival in its original state, with an initial forty-page 'Excelsior Advertiser', dated January 1854 and including a two-page prospectus ('it is believed that there still is room for a Periodical which, under the guidance of spiritual Christianity, shall labour for the literary and intellectual elevation of the religious community'), followed by the publisher James Nisbet & Co.'s eight-page 'list of new works and new editions'. Thirteen initialed articles, including 'The Mould and the Medallion. A Lesson in the Christian Evidence', 'The Druids' and 'Letters from London to Friends far Away'.