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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1783 

* From the end of the Revolutionary War
* Mongolfier Brothers & others in their balloons

The first article is a report on the balloon flight of Charles and Robert headed: "Mr. Charles's Narrative of his Memorable Aerial Voyage" which takes 2 1/2 pages (see for portions).
Further on is nearly a full page on a report from Paris concerning Mr. Mongolfier's balloon flight.
Other interesting articles as noted in the table of contents include: "New Mode of Execution Described" with a related plate, "Plan for Observing Meteors and Fireballs" "Curious Particulars of Cardinal Wolsey" and more. The full back page is a chart headed: "Each Day's Price of Stocks in November, 1783".
This issue issues the plate called for: "The New Platform & Gallows in the Old Bailey".
Complete in 86, wide never-trimmed margins, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, nice condition.

A very nice magazine from the "mother country" at the end of the Revolutionary War 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