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Item # 625448
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1744

* Judaica mention
* Tobacco is not a poison
* Exploring a northwest passage through America

Of greatest interest are: "Of a North-West Passage, Probability of it allowed by Mr.Dobbs & Capt. Middleton" which  takes over 3 pages with much great text on exploring America, "Tobacco not a Poyson [sic] Like Spirits", and under the "Historical Chronicle" is a report "concerning the execution of ten people, including four Jews" (see images).

Among other items found in this issue as noted in the table of contents are: "A New Theory of the Earth", "Of the Present Comet", "Of the Freedom of the Press", and a full page piece of music headed: "A Song in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' ".

Additionally, over 19 pages at the beginning of the issue are taken up with reports on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.

Complete in 56 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Small library stamp at the bottom of four pages does not cause loss of readability. Measures about 5 by 8 1/4 inches, good condition. There are no maps or plates called for in this issue.

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