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The very first issue... Witchcraft report from Pennsylvania...

Item # 642681 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1731 (sixth edition)  A quite rare issue as this is the volume one, number one issue--the very first issue of this magazine, and the very first publication to use the word "magazine" in the title. This is the "sixth edition" as noted on the title/index page & was likely printed in 1732 or 1733. First editions of the very first issue are almost impossible to come by.
This issue contains a wide variety of content including literary items, Parliamentary affairs, news reports, various essays, and other tidbits, including an article titled "Melancholy Effects of Credulity in Witchcraft", with a report from Burlington, Pennsylvania, which states in part: "... the accused were then to be tied Head and Feet together, and put into the river, on Supposition that if they swam they must be guilty...". Reports with such details are very uncommon.
Complete in 42 pages with untrimmed margins, 5 1/2 by 8 3/4 inches, minimal margin wear, good condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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