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Plea to the king to repeal taxes... Map of the Falkland Islands...



Item # 642098 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1770  The reverse of the title page is entirely taken up with: "American Affairs" which is mostly 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. 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).
Of particular interest is 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 with a bit of ink off-setting to the left third (see). It is dated in the upper right: "Gent. Mag. Oct. 1770".
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, great 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.

Item from Catalog 277 (released for December, 2018)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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