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Item # 576493
February 1, 1748
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1748 A very nice magazine from the "mother country" before the French & Indian War with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
Certainly the prime content in this issue is the very nice foldout map of "AFRICA", which shows considerable detail of the entire continent, at least as much as was known over 250 years ago. Included also is the Saudi Arabia peninsula, portions of present-day Iraq and Iran, as well as the very southern tips of Italy (including Sicily), Greece, and Spain. Madagascar & other islands in the area are shown as well. This map folds out to measure 10 by 10 1/2 inches and is in very nice condition.
Interesting articles in this issue include: "Invention of Writing Music by Playing It" with two small illustrations; "Articles For a General Peace" "Introduction to Heraldry" "A Religious Tax Proposed" "Proclamation Against Commerce with France".
There is also content regarding the war in America & portions of Canada, including: "A Thanksgiving Sermon at the South Church in Boston, New England, Occasioned by the Taking of the City of Louisbourg on the Island of Cape Breton by New England Soldiers".
There is a full page print of: "Swan Pan, or Chinese Accompt Table" which looks like an abacus (see).
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" containing reports of the latest news events of the day. Included are reports : "From the Pennsylvania Gazette" which tells of concerning with various Indians (see).
Complete in 48 pages, measures 5 by 8 inches with a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, great condition.