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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1747 One page has an interesting engraving of: "...a cruel machine...supposed to be made use of by the rebels to extort confession..." with the text going on to describe its use (see). Another page has a print of: "...a Stone found in Cast Steeds Garden..." with an inscription (see).
Another page is taken up with: "A Succinct Account of the City of Madras and Fort St. George" in India, which is early account of this part of the world (see for portions).
A full page is taken up with: "Ships taken by the French & Spaniards" and another page with: "Ships Taken by the English". In both cases are mentions of ships bound to or from the American colonies.
Among other articles in this issue are: "Births & Burials in London; why Disproportional" "Experiments on Glass Tubes" "An Observation of the Moon's Eclipse" "The Infatuation of some Christian Women" for fortune tellers; "On Taxes, and the Ways & Means for Raising Them" "Of Methods for Exercise within Doors" "Of Experiments in Electricity" and more.
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has various news reports from throughout Europe. Included is an: "Extract of a Letter from Charles-Town [Charleston]" which includes: "...greatest news we have is relating to a very potent nation, the Creek Indians, bounding on the French settlements near Florida..." with more (see).
The map called for in this issue is lacking.
Complete in 54 pages, measures 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, with full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. This is in nice condition.

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