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British Jew Bill... Engraving of a church in Charleston...



Item # 633292
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1753 

* Early Charleston SC church print
* The British Jew Bill


This issue contains a great full page print of: "St. Philip's Church in Charles Town, South Carolina" with just a small bit of text on it on the facing page reading: "The church is esteemed one of the most regular & complete structures of the kind in America. The design was sent us from Charles-Town [Charleston] where it has a very advantageous situation at the upper end of a broad extensive street.". Quite rare to find prints of American architecture in this magazine.
Another feature article in this issue is: "The Bill Permitting the Jews to be Naturalized by Parliament..." which was a significant event in Judaica history and takes over a full page of text (see for portions).
There is also a full page taken up with text and an engraving headed: "View and Description of the Island of Capri". The text is presented vertically  (unusual format) and is very descriptive of this famous island in the Naples harbor in Italy.
Also: "Geographical Description of Louisiana" which begins: "Louisiana is a country in North America bounded on the south by the gulph of Mexico, on the east by Carolina, an English colony, and part of Canada; and on the west by New Mexico, on the north, part of it is bounded by Canada..." with much more. The text is extremely descriptive and takes close to three pages (photos show portions).
There is a full page plate of: "The Blackcap Flycatcher" bird and "The Yellow Virginian Sweet Jessamine" plant with some text on both, taken from "Catesby's Natural History" (see). There are a couple of news items in the "Historical Chronicle" under the heading: "Plantations" with datelines of New York, Kingston, Jamaica; and Barbadoes.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 inches, tny binding holes at the blank spine, very nice, clean condition. The full title/index page features 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. 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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