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Item # 555650
August 1, 1753
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1753
* The Jew Bill in England
* Colonial Philadelphia description
A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
Pages 1 through 4 are taken up with a fascinating article titled:" A Compleat View of the Controversy concerning the late Act in favour of the Jews". The subheads include: "Reasons for the Jews Bill and Answers" and "Objections to the Jews Bill and Answers". There are 13 "Objections", each with an answer. Portions of the article are shown in the photos.
There is a full page with text and an engraving showing: "A View and Account of the Islands of Nisida, Gaiola, etc." with descriptive text which is presented vertically (unusual format). These islands are in the Bay of Naples.
There is a detailed article taking most of a page headed: "A Description of Philadelphia" which relates to an accompanying plate (not present here).
There is another interesting Judaica report which begins: "The making way for Jews to preside in our great companies, which one of your correspondents has shewn to be a kind of concealed design of the Jew bill, has alarmed me..." with further talk on the controversial Jew Bill discussion in Parliament. This articles takes two-thirds of a column (see).
Other items of interest in this magazine include: "An Historical Enquiry into the Rights of the English Subjects to the Lohwood Trade in America" (which takes several pages) "The Natural History of Ants"
and engraving of: "An Antique Stone in London Wall" "A Comparative View of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York" "Against the Repeal of the Witch Act"
The "Historical Chronicle" has several news items under the heading: "America" with datelines of New York, Philadelphia, Halifax, and Charleston
The Philadelphia map called for is not present, however the 3 other plates called for are present.
Octavo-size, 46 pages, dis-bound, full title/index page with an engraving of St. John's Gate in the masthead. Note: The Philadelphia map called for is not present, however the 3 other plates called for are present.