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Item # 644383 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1736
* Nice 18th century British magazine
* A will from Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard
A very nice pre-Revolutionary War 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. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
Among the articles noted in the table of contents are:
"The Vanity of a Spaniard" "Essay on Eating" "Necessity of a Standing Army & Riot Act" "Protestation of Chastity" "Plots & Riots useful to the Ministry" "New Way to Fatten Hogs" & more.
Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. One of the items here is headed: "An Exact Translation of the last Will & Testament of an Indian Minister at Gayhead, upon Martha's Vineyard." (see for portions).
Complete in 56 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures about 5 by 8 1/4 inches and in nice condition.
This is from just the sixth year of this magazine's existence & before any maps or plates were included.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's