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The Northwest Passage to China thru Canada...

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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1742  There is a nice article on finding a Northwest passage to China which reports on explorations through the northern regions of present-day Canada. It includes a letter datelined: "From on Board his Majesty's Ship the Furnace, in Churchill River, North America, June 21, 1742". Another interesting article has: "Extract of the Exact Description of the House of Ice Erected at St. Petersburgh in January, 1740 and of its Furniture..." which takes over 2 1/2 pgs. (see for the beginning).
Among other articles in this issue are: "Our Folly in Attempting to Sustain the Balance of Europe" "Computation of the Damages done to Great Britain by Spain" "The King Can do Wrong", a full pg. sheet of music titled: "The Modest Question, set by Mr. Russel", and much more.
Near the back is the: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. Included is a brief note: "Advice is likewise come that the Spaniards abandoned Georgia Aug. 27 last." There are also reports headed: "Extract of a Letter from Jamaica" & yet another headed: "Extract of a Letter from New England" with a Boston dateline.
No maps or plates are called for.
Complete in 56 pages, never-trimmed margins, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 1/2 by 8 3/4 inches, bit of browning in the titlepg. margins, 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.

Item from Catalog 266 (released for January, 2018)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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