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The Boys' Own

Total Issues: 130

authors include Thomas Hanshew, Bracebridge Hemyng, Jules Verne.

Issues & Index Sources:  11-Oct-1873 – Mar-1876: Dime Novel Bibliography (incomplete after #76)
Publishers:   Charles F. Richards, 122 Washington St., Boston
Formats:   small tabloid story paper
Prices:   5c
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Boys' Own Journal [1883]

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources:  17-May-1883 – 4-Aug-1883
Publishers:   St. George's Publishing Office
Editors:   George Emmett
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Own Journal

see also under Guy Rayner's Boys' Own Journal

Boys' Own Journal and Youths' Miscellany

Total Issues: 8

Issues & Index Sources

  14-Jun-1856 – 20-Jan-1857

#merges with The Boy's Own Magazine (UK)


  Clarke & Beeton


  Samuel O. Beeton


  large tabloid



Boys' Own Library [1861]

Total Issues: 60

Issues & Index Sources:  1-May-1861 – 1-May-1866
Publishers:   Beeton
Frequency:   monthly

Boys' Own Library [1870]

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  1870 – 1871
Publishers:   Haney
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Boys' Own Library [1907]

Total Issues: 83+44=127

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1907 – Aug-1914
  1920 – Aug-1922

#becomes Aldine Football Stories


  Aldine Publishing Co.


  Walter H. Light







The Boy's Own Magazine (UK)

Total Issues: 116

The first of the genuine boys' magazines and forerunner of The Boy's Own Paper. Aimed at an audience above the "penny dreadful" and tried to be intelligent. Ran many typical exciting articles and stories, mostly historical fiction. Absorbed Boy's Own Journal from 27-Jan-1857. Authors include J.G. Edgar, W.H.G. Kingston, James Greenwood

Beeton's business was taken over by Ward, Lock & Tyler in 1866; Beeton himself left the company in December 1874 (cf. Adventure in Publishing, p46).

Subtitled "An illustrated journal of Fact, Fiction, History and Adventure".

Incorporates: Boys' Own Journal from 27-Jan-1857.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Jan-1855 – 1874: Story Paper Index (sample issue only)
  1888 – 1890, as Beeton's Boy's Own Magazine


  1855 – 1866: Clarke & Beeton
  1866 – 1890: Ward & Lock


  1855 – 1874: Samuel O. Beeton
  1888 – 1890: G.A. Henty


  large tabloid


  2d, up to 6d in 1863


  96pp in 1863


  in 1862: monthly
  1888 – 1890: weekly

The Boys' Own Magazine (US)

Total Issues: 4?

Successor to The Boys' Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1925 – Apr/May-1926?
Publishers:   The Hungerford Publications, Inc., Smethport, Pennsylvania
Editors:   Hubert Hungerford

The Boys' Own Novelette

Total Issues: 1?

Announced in the final issue of Young Englishman, The Boys' Own Novelette was to consist of a complete novel every week, with the first two numbers announced as 'Tom Gaily: His First Term at School' and 'Tom the Midshipman'. Only the first issue is recorded at the British Library.

Issues & Index Sources:  13-Sep-1879?
Publishers:   Charles Fox (?)
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Own Novel Library

Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  1914
Publishers:   E. Hulton
Frequency:   monthly

Boy's Own Novels

Total Issues: 16

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1870s
Publishers:   N.L. Munro
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Boy's Own Paper

Total Issues: 1767+744=2511

A morally uplifting boys' story paper concentrating on adventure, sport and public school life, it remains a byword to this day and ranks (along with Punch, The Strand Magazine and very little else) as one of the great British institutions of periodical publishing. Authors include W.H.G. Kingston, R.M. Ballantyne, Jules Verne, Talbot Baines Reed, Gordon Stables, G.A. Henty, etc, etc.

Serials indexed in "Through the Years with the B.O.P." by Brian Doyle (Collector's Digest Annual, 1962). Further Reading: Take a Cold Tub, Sir!: The Story of the Boy's Own Paper by Jack Cox (Guildford, Surrey, Lutterworth Press, 1982), not an index but a history.

Weekly issues were bound as monthly issues, and the monthly issues were bound as annuals. There are 63 Annuals from 1879-1941.

Incorporates: Every Boy's Magazine from 8-Sep-1888; Boys from 20-Oct-1894; Every Boys' Monthly.

Issues & Index Sources

  18-Jan-1879 – 28-Sep-1911: Story Paper Index (incomplete)
  5-Oct-1911 – Feb-1967: Story Paper Index (incomplete)


  1879 – 1939: The Religious Tract Society
  1939 – 1963: Lutterworth Press
  1963 – 1965?: Purnell & Sons Ltd.
  1965? – ?: BPC Publishing Ltd.


  1879 – 1897: James Macaulay (Supervising Editor)
  1879 – 1912: George A. Hutchison (Sub-editor/Acting-editor, subsequently Editor)
  1912 – 1913: George Andrew Hutchison (Consulting Editor)
  1912 – 1924: Arthur Lincoln Haydon
  1924 – 1933: Geoffrey Richard Pocklington
  1933 – 1935: George J.H. Northcroft
  1935 – 1942: Robert Harding
  1942 – 1946: Leonard Halls
  1946 – 1967: Jack Cox


  1879 – Jul-1942: tabloid 8¼" x 11"
  Aug-1942 – ?: smaller format 5" x 7½"
  1949? – ?: larger format
  Sep-1963 – ?: still larger format 7½" x 8¾"


  initially: 1d
  c. 1902 – in 1939: 6d
  1942 – ?: 9d
  in 1950s: 1/-
  in 1965: 2/-


  Nov-1913 – Feb-1967: monthly

Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers
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Boys' Own Picture Gallery

Total Issues: 10

Believed by Lofts to be the largest boys' publication ever published. "This shortlived paper failed I think because of its promises and dreadful mistakes in printing. They gave away free sketches each week, and the main story featured "Fred Blake of the Queen's Lancers". In No.8 they announced that next week's tremendous story would be "Blake attacks the Spanish Armada", yet in No.9 the main story featured Sir Francis Drake attacking it. Also in No.9 it announced a tremendous free gift for next week, but in No.10 they announced that it was not ready yet, also that they were changing their publisher. No.11 never did appear." (W.O.G. Lofts)

Issues & Index Sources:  21-Sep-1872 – 23-Nov-1872
Publishers:   Frederick Farrah
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Own Reader

see under Boys' Companion and British Traveller

The Boys' Own Story Teller

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources

  23-Dec-1875 – 17-Feb-1876

#superseded by Our Boys


  Norman L. Munro


  octavo booklet




  fortnightly, then weekly

Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Boys' Own Times and News of the World

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources:  1-Jan-1859 – 1-Dec-1859
Publishers:   T. Nelson
Frequency:   monthly

Boys' Peep Show

Total Issues: 26

Issues & Index Sources

  25-Sep-1901 – 19-Mar-1902

#incorporated into Boys' Star


  Charles Strong, 167 Strand, London W.C.




  weekly (every Saturday)

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