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Captain James Cook in the South Pacific... Early balloon flights...



Item # 647236 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1784  Among the items in this issue is a continued article of over 4 1/2 pages on: "Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean" which is a tremendous amount of detail on his journey through the South Pacific from August 12 thru early November, 1777.
There is also an article on an early balloon flight by Blanchard with a dateline of Oct. 16, 1784 reading in part: "...considerable concourse of people...near Chelsea to see Mr. Blanchard ascend by the assistance of his balloon into the air...Mr. Blanchard & Mr. Sheldon, surgeon, stepped into the boat pendent from the balloon...the slowness with which it ascended soon convinced Mr. Blanchard that he carried too much ballast..." with more taking over a full column of text.
Another page has a brief item which reads: "Being a holy day among the Jews, a number of them assembled in Duke's Place & in a riotous manner insulted the person & assaulted the house of one Joseph Ridout who kept a liquor shop in that neighbourhood...finding his house in danger of being set on fire & himself murdered he discharged a blunderbuss among them by which one boy was killed & several wounded. He was soon apprehended & committed to prison."
Among other items in the issue are: "Curious Scale of Natural Beings" "Epitaph at Jamaica by Dr. Hawkesworth" "Blisters a Preservative against the Plague" and more.
Both plates called for are present including a foldout captioned: "Perspective View of the Arch under the New River at Bush Hill" and another fullpg. plate of miscellaneous antiquities.
Complete in 80 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

This periodical was the first ever to use the word "magazine" in its title.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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