Ballou, Martin Murray [editor]. Ballou's Monthly Magazine, 1873 12 issues bound (Volumes XXXVII & XXXVIII). Boston: Thomes & Talbot, 1873. First Edition. 
January to December, 1873.
The twelve issues bound in two-tone leather (brown & maroon), spine with raised bands, gilt rules, small nondescript paper label, and "G. H. Bristol" at base. 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, 569 + 596 clean pp., many illustrations. One leaf torn at the inside margin, affecting a few lines of text. Wrappers are not bound in. Very good. Hardcover.
Ballou's Monthly Magazine began in1855 as Ballou's Dollar Monthly Magazine. It was the Dollar Monthly Magazine from 1863-1865, and became Ballou's Monthly Magazine in 1866. It ran until 1893.
Among the hundreds of entries for 1873 there are The Old Year and the New, by Mary Helen Boodey; My First Voyage at Sea, by Bob Stay; My Valentine, by Mary Helen Boodey; How Oil Was "Struck" in Canada, by John C. Dent; Nicky the Waif, by James Franklin Fitts; The Winds of March, by Mary Helen Boodey; The Slaver, by J. H. Woodbury; Cecil Dare's Sacrifice, by Dora Dale; Ancient Burning MIrrors; Amber and Ambergris, by Rev. Dr. H. Standish; The Man in the Iron Mask, by Anna Blackwell; An Ancient Lighthouse; Fishing for Pickerel, by Kit Carson, Jr.; The Pyramids of Egypt; An Unfortunate Match, by Florence Marryat; A Railroad Disaster, and What Came of It, by Charles P. ilsley; Among the Lapps, by Thomas Shairp; Across the Desert, by Amanda M. Hale; About Newspaper Reporters, by M. Quad of the Michigan Press; &c.
Martin Murray Ballou (1820-1895), b. Boston, Massachusetts; d. Cairo, Egypt. He was the son of the Universalist minister Hosea Ballou, D.D. (1771-1852). Martin became a prolific author and Boston publisher. He co-founded Gleason's Magazine, the weekly Bay State Democrat, and was the first editor of the Boston Daily Globe. Ballou employed some of the best illustrators of his day, and was inspired by the look of The Illustrated London News.
In addition to his journalistic pursuits, Ballou wrote a biography of his father; compiled several collections of "notable thoughts": wrote travel accounts of Alaska, Russia, Cuba, India, South America, Australia &c.; and in the years 1844-1851 authored eighteen different novels.