The collection includes the photojournalistic magazine Picture Post (1938-1957), The Yellow Book (1894-1897), The Eagle comic (1950-1966 incomplete), Punch (1906-1948 incomplete), Studies in Church History and various printing and graphic art historic journals. There are also a number of historic Children’s journals/magazines, details of which can be found in the Children’s Literature Collection.
The Yellow Book was a quarterly literary journal published by Bodley Head and edited initially by Aubrey Beardsley. It contained poetry, short stories, portraits, book illustrations and reproductions of paintings. The distinctive cover was associated with risqué French fiction, which was wrapped in yellow paper in Paris. Contributors were Max Beerbohm, Arnold Bennett, Charlotte Mew, H.G. Wells, William Butler Yeats, John Singer Sargent and Walter Sickert. The founding principles were that literature and art should be treated independently and given equal status.
The third floor of the Library also holds The Annual Register (1758-1854), a year by year record of British and world events, Art Journal (1849-1910), The Edinburgh Review (1802-1929), The Quarterly Review (1823-1870) and The Cornhill Magazine (1860-1939) in the section named Historical Resources.
Image: Front cover of The Yellow Book: An Illustrated Quarterly, vol. VI, Jul 1895 (Ref: J/4/30)