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Early fire engines...

Engraving of the Corsican chief Pascal Paoli... Article by Ben Franklin...



Item # 650688 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1768

* Ben Franklin letter regarding the poor
* Engraving of Pascal Paoli of Corsica
* Early fire engine
* Reports from America, including Indians


Taking nearly two pages is a letter: "Hardheartedness to the Poor Considered" which was written by Ben Franklin, although signed: "Medius" (see https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-15-02-0064 for verification).

Another prime feature of this issue is the decorative fullpg. engraving of "Pascal Paoli" and the accompanying article about a book titled: "An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island, & Memoirs of Pascal Paoli, by James Boswell..." (see photos). This issue also has a fullpg. plate showing an ancient coin, and the animal: "The Gerbua, or Yerboa" (see).

Among other articles noted in the table of contents are: "An Account of a New Improvement in Fire Engines", which is very early for such (see photos for portions), "American News" which includes datelines from Philadelphia, Juniata, and Charleston (the report from Phila. tells of troubles with Indians), "An Account of Le Roy's Voyage to Constantinople, Greece, Athens, etc.", "Vilaret's Story of Joan of Arc", "Arguments against Inoculating Infants, by Dr. Percival" and more.

Complete in 54 pgs. with full title/index page. Measures about 5 by 8 inches and in very nice condition. Complete with all the plates called for, which is rare as such.

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.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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