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John Limbird (Redirected from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction)

The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction, 1835, published by Limbird

John Limbird (1796?-1883) was an English stationer, bookseller and publisher, characterised by an obituarist as "the father of our periodical writing".[1]

John Limbird was christened May 1, 1796 in the parish of St. Nicholas, Glatton, Huntingdonshire, the sixth child of John Limbird and Elizabeth Hitchcock. He married Lucy Glover on April 7, 1817 at Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire. He had two daughters, Elizabeth Limbird born 1818 and Sally Dolby Limbird born 1823, both baptised at the Church of St Anne, Soho, London.

From 1822 to 1847 Limbird published a twopenny weekly, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, which has been characterized as "the first long-lived cheap periodical" in Britain.[2] It was edited by Thomas Byerley, John Abraham Heraud, Percy Bolingbroke St John, and John Timbs. Late in 1847 it became the Mirror Monthly Magazine; and from 1849 to 1850 appeared finally as the London Review.[3]


  1. ^ Quoted in Altick, Richard D., The English Common Reader, 2nd ed., 1998, p. 320
  2. ^ Altick, p. 266
  3. ^ L. Brake; Marysa. Demoor (2009). Dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism: in Great Britain and Ireland. Academia Press. p. 417. ISBN 978-90-382-1340-8. Retrieved 1 April 2013.

Further reading

  • The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists, ed. Bernard Lightman, 4 vols, Bristol: Thoemmes, 2004
  • Topham, Jon, 'John Limbird, Thomas Byerley, and the Production of Cheap Periodicals in the 1820s', Book History 8 (2005)

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