Here is a recent aquisition to York University's Special Collections: a bound volume of The Illustrated Family Journal from 1845.
Featuring numerous engraved illustrations and serialized stories to be read aloud in communal settings, The Illustrated Family Journal is a good example of popular literary periodicals sold for general consumption by the middle class.
This volume of 21 issues may be of interest to researchers studying nineteenth century social norms, popular culture, illustration, book history, leisure activities, gender roles, family life, popular literature and genre studies.
The publication can be accessed in the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. The call number is: 13201.
Online catalogue record available here: http://www.library.yorku.ca/find/Record/2564621