Quiver, Volume 1, Number 1, 1807


Described as the first Jewish publication printed in the United States, The Quiver exists foremost as an antebellum Charleston literary publication that solicited the intellectual attention of Charleston’s learned and elite. The Quiver’s pubisher, Isaac Harby (1788-1828), was eighteen at the time of the first issue’s printing and had already authored two plays and multiple periodical articles.  Born and educated in Charleston, Harby served as member and president of the Philomathean Society, a debate club with membership including Charles Snowden, Langdon Cheves, John Gadsden, and Charles Fraser.