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First year of publication... Mordecai Jacob Devries (Judaica)...

Item # 642684 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, December, 1731 From the very first year of this famous magazine's existence, the first issue dated January, 1731.
The first section is headed: "A View of the Weekly Disputes & Essays in This Month" which takes the majority of the issue, some topics including: "On the Liberty of the Press, and Libels" "Disappointed Love Fatal" "Of Fraud and Deceit" "Tom Careless or the Man of Pleasure" "Of the Law & Lawyers" "On the Spleen" "On Nuptial Liberty" "Vanity in Old Ladies" plus many other reports from other newspapers of the day.
Near the back is "The Monthly Intelligencer" with current news reports from throughout Europe. Included is: "Mordecai Jacob Devries, a Jew convicted the last sessions at the Old Bailey of forging a Bill of Exchange for 450 l. stood on the pillory facing the R. Exchange..." with a bit more.
This is a first edition which is rarely found from the first year, as most of those on the market are 2nd through 7th editions. The first several years were reprinted later in the 1730's & early 1740's so institutions and private subscribers could complete their sets as the popularity of this title increased in the mid 1730's.
Complete in 40 pages with full title/contents page.  The magazine measures 5 by 7 3/4 inches and is in very nice condition. There were no plates or maps called for in the early years of this title.

A very nice and extremely early magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. From the very first year of its existence, having begun in January, 1731. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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