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Plate of a very strange animal...
Item # 610911 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1761 This issue includes two full page plates, one a print of a very curious animal: "The Siyah-ghuth, an Animal now in the Tower of London" (see) with an accompanying article as well. The other plate includes two prints, one "A Portable Smelting furnace" and the other a view of: "The Valley of Menat" with descriptive articles on both.
Among the many articles within this issue are: "On the Plan for a New Street from London Bridge" "Observations of the Transit of Venus over the Sun" "Cure for a Broken Back" "...Migration of Swallows" "Remarkable Cure for the Stone in the Bladder" 'History of the English Stage" "Capitulation of the Citadel of Belleisle" "Original Letter from Oliver Cromwell" signed by him in type: Oliver Cromwell.
One of the articles is concerning: "The Medicinal Nature of Hemlock".
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has various news reports of the day & which includes a few brief items under the heading: "America" (see) including mention of an expedition to the Mississippi River.
The entire back page is a chart of: "Each Day's Price of Stocks in June, 1761"
The issue is complete in 48 pages, measures 5 by 8 1/2 inches, has a full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate.
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.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's