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Print of an eruption of Mount Vesuvius...

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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1747  Perhaps the most interesting feature of this issue is the very nice foldout leaf which contains a print titled: "South West Prospect of Mount Vesuvius", underneath which is both a key to various items in the print and various text on it. On the back side of this print is a single page with a cross section of Mount Vesuvius (see).  The accompanying article is: "Pliny's Account of an Eruption of Vesuvius" (see for portions).
Four pages are taken up with a lengthy "List of Ships Taken", by the English, and by the French, & by the Spanish. Many of the ships are those bound to or from the colonies & the West Indies.
There is much on the battle at Bergon-op-Zoom with: "Select Relations concerning the Loss of Berg-op-Zoon" and also: "Letter from an Officer in Bergen-op-Zoon, when it was Taken" and "A Series of Proofs that Bergen-op-Zoon was Surprised...".
This issue has another foldout plate which includes various images (see), with text explaining the various prints.
Among other articles in this issue are: "On the Sinking of Westminster Bridge" and "A Great Swarm of Locusts" and much more.
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has various news reports from throughout Europe. Included is a report headed: "Plantations--New York" with news concerning troubles between the French & English, with mention of Crown Point and Annapolis (see).
Complete in 58 pages, measures 5 by 8 inches, full title/index page featuring 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

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