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Engraving from the Revolutionary War portends continuing strife between England & her colonies...
Item # 640738
December 1, 1776
London Magazine frontispiece engraving, plus the title page. See the photos for the full page engraving--the frontispiece for the London Magazine volume of 1776--which has text in the preface noting an American connection.
The last paragraph of the "Preface" includes: "In our last annual Preface we expressed our wishes for a speedy & constitutional reconciliation between Great Britain and the Colonies. Since then our public affairs are confessed by all parties, to be in a disagreeable, if not distressed situation. Mars hath already introduced his sister Bellona to Britannia, kindling a civil war (see the Frontispiece). Whether we shall be involved in the flames of a foreign war also, & our valuable Colonies be reconciled, lost, or subjugated, must be left to the events of the ensuing year..." Note the engraving shows a seated Britannia, with Mars introducing Bellona, the Roman goddess of war, carrying a flame. Beneath is a poem which portends more strife (see).
Included also is the very decorative title page to the volume for the year 1776 which features an engraving of the London skyline. Complete in 3 leaves, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice condition.