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Layout for a colonial town in America... Print of a Patagonian penguin...

Item # 645597 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1769   Within this issue is an interesting article: "Plan for Settling New Colonies" which includes an illustration showing how a town in an American colony is best laid out with a "middle square", the "first street", "second street", location of houses and roads, etc. (see). The article describes how such towns are to be created, & includes: "...The design is to settle 124 families together in one town & to give each of them there sufficient ground for a house, barn and stable, a yard for poultry, a garden of one acre and land enough to keep one cow, all close to one another...The whole contains a portion of land 3 miles square with the town in the middle..." with more, taking over a page. It is very likely that many colonial towns in America used this plan and are still laid out as such. 
Also in this issue: "A Description of Constantinople" "Of Episcopal Confirmation" "An Account of a newly discovered Species of Penguins..." which includes a full page plate: "The Patagonian Pinquin".
Near the back is the 'Historical Chronicle" with the latest news of the day & which includes a full column of "American News".
Included are both full page plates called for, one noted above & the other a view of the amphitheater at Stratford upon Avon (see).
Complete in 48 pages with a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, never-trimmed margins, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, great condition.

A very nice magazine from during the midst of troubles leading to the Revolutionary War 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 267 (released for February, 2018)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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