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British take part of Canada from the French...

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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1745  There are two pages concerning the siege of Louisbourg, on the Canadian island of Cape Breton. This was a French possession, attacked & captured by the British. The articles are headed: "The Importance of Cape Breton to the British Nation" and "Letter from one of the Principal Engineers before Cape Breton" (photos show portions).
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has a full page concerning the British victory in capturing Cape Breton and Louisbourg from the French.
Another page has fine discussion on freedom of the press and libels, which makes reference to the attorney Andrew Hamilton who successfully defended New York newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger, creating the landmark case for freedom of the press.
Among other articles are: "Ships Taken by the Spaniards & French" with mention of some bound for or from America; a few items headed: "Plantations" with news from Antigua & St. Kitts; "The Horrors & Calamities of War Display'd".
An unusual is the nearly half page print of a "Back Heaver", with a related article: "A Description of a Back Heaver which will winnow and clean corn, both much sooner and better, than by the common methods of doing it."
No plates are called for.
Complete in 56 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches with wide, untrimmed margins, great 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

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