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The origin of chess... Print of a comet...



Item # 618158
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1742  One of the articles within is titled: "The Origin of the Game of Chess from the French of M. Frevet" which includes nearly 2 pages and contains much detail (see photos for portions). The article begins: "In the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era, there was in the Indies a very powerfull Prince..." and further on is: "...With this view, he invented the game of chess, where the King, although the most considerable of all the pieces, is both impotent to attack as well as defend himself against his enemies, with the assistance of his subjects and soldiers. The new game soon became famous, the King of the Indies heard of it and would learn it...shewing him the skill required to make use of the other pieces, for the King's defence, he made him perceive & relish importrant truths..." with so much more.

Near the back is a nearly full pg. sheet of music titled: "The Lass of the Hill, Set by Mr. Howard".
Also near the back is an interesting article on a comet, as well as an accompanying engraving (see). Other items in this issue include: "Profit & Loss of Great Britain & Spain considered" and "Schemes for Preventing the Exportation of Wool".
There is much reporting on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.
Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. Included also is a report which includes: "...arrived at Spithead from Jamaica there is advice that Major General Wentworth, with the forces under his command, was return'd on the 29th of November last to Port Royal in Jamaica having found it necessary to withdraw them from the island of Cuba upon account of the sickness, which was increasing greatly among them...." and included is a chart of the: "Strength of our Army in Cuba under General Wentworth".
Complete in 56 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Small library stamp at the bottom of 2 pages do not deter readability.  Measures about 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.
There are no maps or plates called for in this issue.

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

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