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Very eaarly report on cricket...

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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1743  Within this issue is a very early and interesting article titled: "Of Publick Cricket Matches" concerning the sport of cricket, with much detail.
The text includes: "Cricket is certainly a very innocent & wholesome exercise, yet it may be abused if either great or little people make it their business. It is grossly abused when it is made the subject of publick advertisements to draw together great crowds of people who ought all of them to be somewhere else..." with much more. This article takes about 1 3/4 columns.
Present are two letters related to the Battle of Dettington: "Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman who went over to the English Army after the late Battle of Dettingen" and "From the Camp at Fundstadt".
Near the back is the: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe, including: "Extract of a Letter from Jamaica" and another letter from Barbadoes.
No maps or plates are called for.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate 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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