Atalanta Magazine


Images and extracts from “Atalanta” Magazine collected edition October 1888 to September 1889. This was the first edition, I think, that used colour. The magazine was edited by L. T. Meade and John C. Staples. Most of the items are now out of copyright, and those are the ones (as far as I can tell) that I have selected.

[picture: The Queen and the Cat]

The Queen and the Cat

“I will be mother to every one of you [cats],” said the Baroness; “my heart is big enough to hold you all. Kiss me my dear children, all of you. I will love you all, have no fear. [...]” [more...] [$]

[picture: A walk in a romantic dream]

A walk in a romantic dream

A finely-dressed lady and a prince, a young man, walk together through the grass. The prince carries a rose: clearly they are in love. In the background, a [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Spring hedge-border corner image with love-birds]

Spring hedge-border corner image with love-birds

A Valentine’s Day image from 1888; this border was in the upper-left of a page of poetry for Valentine’s Day, and features leaves and berries and two romantic little song-birds. [more...] [$]

[picture: Boy Fairy Resting on a Flower]

Boy Fairy Resting on a Flower

An end-of-chapter tailpiece showing a small nude boy laying on a sunflower, and holding a daisy in one hand; his feet rest on another daisy. I think he is meant to be a [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Artistic Cats]

Artistic Cats

Three groups of cats are in this engraving. THe left-most pair are wearing human clothing and standing upright. In the centre, one cat is dressed as an artist, and is using a paintbrush and pallette, painting the stripes onto the other cat. The right-most cat is admiring itself in the mirror. One could read this as a story: the cat on the left being [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Atalanta Scholarship and Reading Union]

Atalanta Scholarship and Reading Union

This chapter head illustration features a central shield in a scrollwork cartouche bearing the title. On the left a woman gives succor to a youth or maid in distress, a scene in a rainstorm in a forest; on the right in the same forest an older woman sits with apples in her lap and a knife to pare or peel them in her hand; she gives the fruit to three [...]Qui serat scientam fructus juis capiet (those who sow knowledge capture its fruit) [more...] [$]

[picture: A Fair Reader]

A Fair Reader

A Fair Reader—perhaps a somewhat sexist caption by today’s standards! A lady, presumably fair or beautiful, is sitting at a desk holding an open book, reading; other books lie on the desk in [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Tottering Under the Weight of Knowledge]

Tottering Under the Weight of Knowledge

An unidentified elderly gentleman carries a large stack of heavy books; he holds the top one in place with his nose as he shuffles forward. [more...] [$]

[picture: Reaching After Knowledge]

Reaching After Knowledge

A well-dressed lady, complete with bonnet, climbs a step-ladder to reach down a book. [more...] [$]

[picture: Hark! the sea is crying to me in pain!]

Hark! the sea is crying to me in pain!

Thus the two lived on, each for the other, in one long summertime, lit by their great love. The nights grew long; day after day the sea fought fiercely with the cruel winds that broke its rest. and the frost grew keen, yet [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Cherub wth harvest fruit]

Cherub wth harvest fruit

This engraving looks as if it’s of a stone carving; it depicts a cherub, (a sort of putti), together with flowers, vines and fruits; apples, pears, grapes and more; perhaps [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Four Cherubs With Garlands, Ribbons and Flowers]

Four Cherubs With Garlands, Ribbons and Flowers

These four winged cherubs, tastefully nude, have spring flowers, ribbbons or garlands, and are dancing playfully in the air. They were used as a tail-piece at the end of a [...] [more...] [$]