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Item # 630996 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1770  The reverse of the title page is entirely taken up with: "American Affairs" which is mostly taken up with a notable & lengthy address of the Virginia House of Burgesses to the King. It notes in part: "...upon former & recent occasions humbly submitted to your royal wisdom our just claims to be free & exempt from all taxes imposed on us without our own consent for the purpose of raising & establishing a revenue in America...Words...cannot sufficiently express the exceeding great concern & deep affliction with which our minds have been agitated & tortured upon finding...Parliament of Great Britain to continue the several Acts imposing duties for the sole purpose of raising a revenue in America...We, therefore...lay our grievances before the common Father of all his people...prostrate ourselves at the foot of your throne...imploring your Majesty...to interpose your royal influence...to procure a total repeal of those disagreeable Acts of Parliament..." with more (see photos). It is signed in type by Payton Randolph.
Other articles in this issue include: "On the Sun's Distance from the Earth" and a curious article: "History of a Most Remarkable Distemper in which the Patient could draw off the skin of his Hand like a Glove" which is accompanied by a full page plate of it (see photos).
Of particular interest in a full page article: "Some Account of Falkland Islands" which is accompanied by a very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Falkland Islands in the Latitude of 51' 22" South, Longitude 64', 30" West, from the latest Observations." This map folds out to measure 8 1/4 by 10 inches and is in very nice, clean condition. It is dated in the upper right: "Gent. Mag. Oct. 1770".
Complete in 48 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, nice condition.

A very nice magazine from the "mother country" from the year of the Boston Massacre 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.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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