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Franklin's experiments with electricity... prints of birds... The Smoky Mountains...
Item # 642586 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1752
This issue includes a lengthy: "Letter from a Gentleman in Virginia" which is focused on the "smoaky weather" in Virginia, likely leading to the name of the "Smoky Mountains" of North Carolina. This article takes the equivalent of a full page and is followed by: "Observations on the Above Phenomena of the Weather" (see for portions)
Also of significance is a: "Letter from a Gentleman at Paris to his Friend at Toulon concerning a very Extraordinary Experiment in Electricity" which begins: "You must remember, sir, how much we ridiculed Mr. Franklin's project for emptying clouds of their thunder..." with further reference to Franklin's experiments (see). This article takes over two pages.
Included also is a nice print the nightingale bird, and further on is another nice print of: "The Painted Finch...From Edwards's Natural History of Birds" which are hand-colored (see). As for other plates, there is also a foldout print: "The Grand State Procession of the New Doge of Venice" which measures 8 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches. All plates called for are present.
Other items of interest in this issue include: "The Ancient Story of King Lear"; a continuation of: "History of the Incas" "Voltaire's Story of the Man with the Iron Mask..." "Construction of Traps & Cages" includes two prints; "Letters From Virginia" "Phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis Explained" "Of Securing Our American Colonies" and more.
Complete in 46 pages, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, full title/index pg. with an engraving of St. John's Gate, very 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