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A comet study in 1744...



Item # 639932
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1744  Over 13 pages at the beginning of the issue are taken up with reports on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.
Among various other articles found in this issue as noted in the table of contents are: "Why Politeness should be Practiced tho' Hostilities are Carried on" "On a Bill to make it High Treason to hold Correspondence with the Pretender's Sons" "A List of Ships taken from the English by the Spaniards" "State of the National Debt" and so much more.
There is also an article: "A Problem Concerning the late Comet" which includes a geometric illustration.
Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. Included is: "By the King, a Proclamation for Inviting Men to Enter into his Majesty's Service" and also: "By the King, a Proclamation for Recalling & prohibiting Seamen from serving foreign Prices and States.". There is also: "A Translation of the Queen of Hungary's Declaration of War Against France...Maria Theresa, by the Grace of God, Queen of Hungary, Bohemia, etc...".
There is also a report to the King of England relating to the Jacobite Rebellion, beginning: "As soon as the arrival of the eldest son of the Pretender in France, and the Preparations that were making there for invading your Majesty's Kingdom came to our knowledge...".
Complete in 54 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures about 5 by 8 1/4 inches, in 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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