THE BRITISH VEGETARIAN: Official Magazine of The Vegetarian Society and The London Vegetarian Society.

A broken run of 46 magazines (plus several duplicates), comprising: Vol. 1, Nos. 1, 2, & 4; Vol. 3, No. 1; Vol. 4, No. 3; Vol. 6, Nos. 4, 5, & 6; Vol. 7, Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 7; Vol. 8, Nos. 1-6 (complete); Vol. 9, Nos. 1-6 (complete); Vol. 10, Nos. 1-6 (complete); Vol. 11, Nos. 1-6 (complete); Vol. 12, Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6; Vol. 13, Nos. 1-4 (complete, ceased publication under this name after no.4). Publisher's original illustrated stapled wrappers. Each magazine profusely illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and illustrated advertisements. A very good group, if a tad musty, the bindings firm with the odd minor mark, crease and annotation; the contents remaining in very good order and clean throughout.

A very scarce run of Britain's main vegetarian periodical between 1959 and 1971, including five complete years (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971). As a collection, the magazines provide a highly detailed window into Britain's growing vegetarian movement in the mid-twentieth century, containing the latest domestic and international news, events, activism and demonstrations (regarding both vegetarianism and other related animal rights/welfare campaigns), recipes and cookery, philosophical and political pieces, and coverage of celebrity vegetarians, vegetarian fashion, sports, beauty pageants, publications, products, restaurants and hotels, and much else besides. Certainly publications of their time, the covers of the earlier issues feature rural landscapes and earnest formal gatherings, with the later issues, in true swinging-sixties style, carrying glamorous photographs of vegetarian celebrities and mini-skirt wearing activists, and containing news stories accompanied by photographs with captions such as "Vegetarian hot-pants captivate York policemen as they hand out literature" (July/August 1971). In addition to the treasure-trove of information regarding the ideas and activities of the vegetarian movement during the 1960s, the magazines are also particularly notable for their pioneering coverage of surprisingly modern elements of the diet, containing, for example, articles discussing "the development of plantmilk" and of "newly imported" foods such as tempeh and miso. A periodical seldom seen in commerce and with only three British institutions holding sets according to Copac (BL, Oxford, Nat. Lib. of Scotland).

Stock code: 21407


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