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Battle of Lexington & Concord... Map of Boston...
Item # 642195 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1775
* Battle of Lexington & Concord
* Revolutionary War beginning
* Rare map of Boston, Massachusetts
Certainly a prime feature of this issue is the very nice foldout map headed: "A Map of 100 Miles Round Boston" showing just that with much detail (see). This map measures about 9 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, with a bit of toning and small bit oftypical ink off-setting from having been folded against itself for 240 years. Otherwise the map is in great condition.
Inside contains a nice, detailed and historic account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord, prefaced with: "In our last magazine we gave an imperfect account of a skirmish that happened between a detachment of the King's troops & a body of the Provincials..." which is followed by the more detailed account reading in part: "...Gen. Gage, having received intelligence of a large quantity of military stores being collected at Concord, for the avowed purpose of supplying a body of troops to act in opposition to his majesty's government, detached on the 18th of April the grenadiers of his army...the country had been alarmed by the firing of guns & ringing of bells...upon their arrival at Lexington found a body of the country people drawn up under after which the detachment marched on to Concord...rebels assembled in many parts & a considerable body of them attacked the light infantry..." with further particulars (see photos).
An earlier page has a full page letter from General Gage to the governor of Connecticut with some great content (see), followed by General Gage's response to the governor which takes over 1 1/2 pgs. & is signed in type: Tho. Gage (see for portions).
There are some other early accounts of the Revolutionary war in America but they pale in comparison to the very nice & detailed Lexington & Concord report.
Complete in 48 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, great condition.
A very nice and extremely popular magazine from the "mother country" from the very beginning of the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.