Godey's Lady's Book description of itself in January 1851 Vol 42.
THE BOOK OF THE NATION.
GODEY'S LADY'S BOOK FOR 1851,
LITERARY AND PICTORIAL,
DEVOTED TO AMERICAN ENTERPRISE, AMERICAN WRITERS, AND AMERICAN ARTISTS.
The publisher of the Lady's Book having the ability, as well as the inclination, to make the best monthly literary, and pictorial periodical in this country, is determined to show the patrons of magazines to what perfection this branch of literature can be brought. He has now been publishing the Lady's Book for twenty-six years and he appeals to his subscribers and the public whether the "Book" has not improved every year, and he now pledges his well-earned reputation that, in the MORALITY and SUPERIORITY of his literature, and in the PURITY and BEAUTY of his engravings,
THE LADY'S BOOK FOR 1851 SHALL EXCEED EVERY OTHER MAGAZINE.
The literary department will still be conducted by
MRS. SARAH J. HALE,
whose name is now recognized throughout our country as the able champion of her sex in all that pertains to the proper rights of woman. Arrangements have been made with other than our well known contributors, and we shall have the pleasure of adding to the following some writers of great celebrity, whose names have not yet appeared in the "Book."
Mrs. J.C. Neal, Mrs. E.F. Ellet, Enna Duval, Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, Mrs. A.F. Law, The Author of Miss Bremer's Visit to Cooper's Landing, Mrs. L.G. Abell, Mrs. O.M.P. Lord, Kate Berry, Mrs. S.J. Hale, F.E.F., Mary Spenser Pease, The Author of "Aunt Magwire," Mrs. C.F. Orne, Mrs. J.H. Campbell, W. Gilmore Simms, H.T. Tuckerman, Park Benjamin, Hon. R.T. Conrad, John Neal, Tom Owen (the Bee Hunter), Alfred B. Street, George P. Morris, Rev. H.H. Weld, H. Wm. Herbert, Professor Wm. Alexander, Professor Alden, Professor John Frost, T.S. Arthur, Richard Coe, Herman Melville, Nathl. Hawthorn,
and a host of other names, which our space will not permit us to mention. In short, no efforts will be wanting to retain for Godey's Lady's Book the proud title of
THE LEADING PERIODICAL IN AMERICA.
It will be seen that we have commenced furnishing original designs for our
department, than which no set of illustrations have ever given more satisfaction.
THE LADIES' DEPARTMENT
is one that we particularly pride ourselves upon. We have been the first to give everything new in this line—Crochet Work, Knitting, Netting, Patch Work, Crochet Flower Work, Leather Work, Hair Braiding, Ribbon Work, Chenille Work, Lace Collar Work, D'Oyley Watch Safes, Children's and Infants' Clothes, Caps, Capes, Chemisettes, and, in fact, everything that we thought would please our readers. In addition, we have also commenced the publication of
for Cooking, Removing Stains, and every matter that can interest the head of a family.
GODEY'S RELIABLE FASHION PLATES.
This department will be under the sole superintendence of a lady—one of our first modistes—who receives proof sheets of the fashions direct from Paris, and is intimately connected with the publishers in that city. This favor is granted to her exclusively. They are arranged, under her direction, to suit the more subdued taste of American ladies. There is no other magazine in America that can be equally favored. We have so long led in this department that the fact would hardly be worth mentioning, excepting that others claim the merit that has so long been conceded to the "Book." They will be got up, as usual, in our superior style to the French.
NEW MUSIC, PRINTED SEPARATE
on tinted paper. This is another advantage that Godey possesses over all others. A gentleman is engaged expressly to attend to this department, and no music is inserted in the "Book" that has not undergone his strict supervision.
In artistic merit, the "Book" will still retain its pre-eminence, and, in order to show the public wherein our superiority will consist, we give the titles of some of the plates that we have now on hand ready for use, all of which will be given in succession. It will be observed that we have, in a measure, quit the beaten track of copying from engravings, as most of our plates are from original designs, prepared expressly for the "Book," by
CROOME, ROTHERMEL, TUCKER, PEASE, DALLAS, PETERS, & GILBERT.
Those that are not from original designs, prepared expressly for us, are from the original painting. Furthermore, the publisher of the "Book" would state that they are ALL STEEL PLATES, and that there is not a WOOD-CUT amongst them. We will not deceive by publishing a list of plates without, at the same time stating whether they are engraved on wood or steel.
It may as well be also stated that Mr. Tucker, our own artist, than whom no one stands higher in America, has been in London for more than a year, and all his plates are now finished. One series of our plates in line engraving will be
CONSTANCY AND COQUETRY,
done in a style to defy any imitation in mezzotint,