Summary of Content: Nearly complete run, edited in part by Thomas Paine. Total of 13 issues from January to December 1775 (12 issues plus one supplement), January 1776, February 1776 (incomplete with facsimile cover) and March 1776. Two additional issues for April and May 1776 are supplied in photocopy facsimile. (There is one facsimile copy of February 1776.) The famous poem of slave Phillis Wheatley to George Washington is contained in the April 1776 issue (facsimile). Ex-lib marks of Enoch Pratt Library and Newburyport Library.
Background: The Pennsylvania Magazine was edited from February 1775 to May 1776 by Thomas Paine. The magazine was conceived and founded by the Revolutionary printer, Robert Aitken, best known for his work as a printer for the Continental Congress. Paine was a major contributor as well as editor sometimes writing under the initials ”A.B.” The magazine chronicles month by month, Paine’s sentiments both before and after writing Common Sense.