~~ The Phoenix ~~
Volume III, No. 29
November 1872

Edited by Rev. James Summers

Summers, Rev. James (editor):
The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for India, Burma, Siam, China, Japan and Eastern Asia, Volume III, No. 35, May, 1873, London, 8vo (7 1/2 x 10 in - 19 x 25.5 cm), thin paper wraps, string tied, pages 73-88.

Articles published:

  • The Last Days of Tseng-kwo-fan by L.M. Fay
  • A Week in Nanking by Thomas Bryson
  • Notice of Nayakote and its Tribes by B.H. Hodgson
  • Notes on Kashmir by James Summers
  • The Eight Symbols of Chinese Philosophy by W.F. Mayers
  • Practical Lessons in Japanese by James Summers
  • Reviews of Books
  • Miscellaneous Notes

Table of Contents (from front wrap)

Back Wrap/Subscription Information


General Information

The Phoenix was published monthly from July 1870 through June 1873 (issues Nos. 1-36). It is generally found bound into three volumes. Individual issues with the front and back paper wraps are seldom seen. During the three years of publication the title varied slightly as follows:

Volume I (1870-1) Issues #1-12), The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for China, Japan and Eastern Asia

Volumes II (1871-2) & III (1872-3) (#13-36), The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for India, Burma, Siam, China, Japan and Eastern Asia

The final issue of the Phoenix was issue No. 36 in June of 1873. In that issue Summers announced that he had accepted a professorship at the Imperial Collage at Tokyo. He solicited input on a proposal to continue publishing the Phoenix (No. 37) on January of 1874 in Yokohama or Tokyo. He noted:

It is my intention to add several new features, to illustrate it with Japanese engravings and to extend it's scope so as to include articles on any subject relating to the progress and well-being of the Asiatic countries.... (insert found before the first page of issue #36)
Summers' proposal was never acted upon and the 36 monthly issue of the publication marked its end. To see this announcement, click here.

General Information Regarding Characteristics of Individual issues Nos. 28-36:

  • Pages (text) roughly cut and typically extend slightly beyond the paper wraps.
  • Paper wraps are yellow or green and printed on the same weight paper as the text pages and wrap around the spine.
  • String tied with thin string loosely affixed through three points.
  • Front wrap serves as the title page and table of contents.
  • Commercial advertising inside the front and back wraps. For an example click here.
  • Text printed in double column format.
  • No illustrations - plates or text illustrations. Occasional tables.
  • Back wrap contains subscription information. For an example click here.


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