Solotaroff, Theodore, ed. New American Review (issues 1-15) / American Review: The Magazine of New Writing (issues 16-26) [complete set, plus extra volumes]
New York New American Library / Simon and Schuster / Bantam Books 1967-1977 NO 1st printings (except as noted) Hardcover Near Fine
[graded Near Fine as a set; all books are tight and unread, and about as nice a group as one could hope to assemble despite a few minor depredations (occasional light wear, some age-toning to the page edges of a few volumes); all were acquired directly from a long-time editorial staff member of the publication, who had kept them untouched in storage since the time of their original issue]. "Was New American Review the Best Literary Magazine Ever?" This was the question posed (and the case persuasively argued) in a 2008 Slate article by Gerald Howard. Offered here is an opportunity to investigate and draw your own conclusions: this is a full set (26 volumes) of the original publication, plus two additional volumes. (See below.) Founded in 1967, New American Review passed through three publishers in its ten-year history. The first ten issues (under the New American Library imprint) were issued in pictorial hardcovers as well as mass-market paperback format, and are present here in the hardcover issues; in addition, issue #1 appeared as a full-size trade hardcover, with dust jacket, which is the first of the two extra volumes included in this set. The five issues (#11-#15) put out by Simon and Schuster in 1971 and 1972 were small-format trade softcovers (about half an inch taller than standard mass-market paperbacks), and the remainder of the run, issued by Bantam, were standard mass-market paperbacks. (The second "bonus" volume included here is "Many Windows: 22 Stories from American Review," a Harper Colophon trade paperback published in 1982.) This set was acquired directly from a long-time editorial staff member of NAR, who had kept them untouched in storage since the time of their original publication. The overall grade of the set is Near Fine; all volumes are tight and appear unread, and despite a few minor depredations (occasional light wear, some age-toning to the page edges of a few volumes) constitute about as nice a collection of this landmark publication as one could hope to assemble.