[Lowell: Powers & Bagley, 1844]. First Edition. Volume 4, May,1844. pp. -168 Removed from bound volume, lacking the wraps, little soiled, Scarce. With a long poem by Lucy Larcom, Other pieces are signed just with a first name. Scarce. Item #59408
The first magazine in the world written and edited by female factory workers. Edited by A. C. Thomas (1840-42) and Harriet Farley (1842-45), a mill worker, The Offering contained a diverse range of poems, essays on scientific and moral subjects, translations and stories[Zophy & Kavenix, Handbook of American Women's History p. 339-340]. The Offering was an outgrowth of one of the factory's seven "Mutual Self-Improvement Clubs" that encouraged the mostly educated operatives to write.