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Much on China, incuding the Great Wall...



Item # 640476
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1742  There is a full page plate showing: "The North and West Prospects of the Famous Runic Obelisk at Bew Castle in Cumberland" (see).
There is also a halfpg. print showing: "Further Observations on the Comet" with some text as well.  There is a small library stamp on this pg. not not touching any print or text.
Another article takes four pages and is titled: "Essay on the Description of China" which includes talk of the Great Wall, such as: "...form'd a resolution of building, for their security, the stupendous Wall which is now standing, on which he employed a third part of the men of his Empire...To this wall there is no work equal in the known world...The solidity of this work is apparent from its duration..." with much more.
Other items in this issue include: "A State of the National Debt" which includes 2 pages of financial charts; and "The Advantages of a Mutual correspondence between the two Sexes".
Near the back is a section with several reports from the Caribbean including one report of a naval battle (see).
No other maps or plates are called for in this issue.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full title/index page with an engraving of St. John's Gate. Small library stamp at the bottom of 2 pages do not deter readability. Nice condition.

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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