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Great print of a naval attack... Map of an island off France...
Item # 625386 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1761 This issue features two full page pages, one being a nice & very detailed map of "Belle Isle", a small island off the western coast of France in the Bay of Biscay (see images), which has a descriptive article accompanying it. The other plate is a rare one as it shows a naval bombardment captioned: "The Attack of Severndroog [in the East Indies] by Commodore James, 2nd April, 1755" showing four ships and one of the four forts being bombarded by them (see images). It is very uncommon to find prints of military action.This plate is accompanied by an article: "Commodore James's Expedition Against Angria".
Among the many articles within this issue are: "Why Devils were Permitted to enter the Herd of Swine" "The White Stone in the Revelations Explained" "An Account of Geneva"; a continuation of an: "Account of the History of the War in India"
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which contains various news of the day, including a small bit noting: "A letter dated Fort Prince George in South Carolina, Jan. 9, says 'I have been several winters in the north of Scotland and do not think I ever felt it colder than here at this time; the snow is in general three quarters of a yard deep, attended with very sharp frosts."
The entire back page is a chart of: "Each Day's Price of Stocks in April, 1761"
The issue is complete in 46 pages, measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, has a full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate. Very nice condition.
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