In Pursuit of a Vision > Case 6 > Mabbott > Weekly Rake


The Details:

Thaddeus W. Meighan, ed. The Weekly Rake. New York, July 9, 1842. [catalog record]

Gift of Thomas O. Mabbott, 1946.

The Story:

Thomas Mabbott donated the nucleus of AAS’s racy newspaper collection.  Such papers catered to urban males eager to read about, and partake in, a city’s sporting, theatrical, and especially sexual pleasures.  Shortly after publishing this issue, The Weekly Rake’s nineteen-year-old editor was convicted for obscenity.  Thousands of copies circulated, yet today they are extremely rare.

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