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Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America...
Item # 651434 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1790
* Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America
Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice, attached fold-out map: "A Map showing the communication of the Lakes and the Rivers between Lake Superior and Slave Lake in North America." The map shows the extreme western parts of Lake Superior and "Hudson's Bay", "Lake Winiping (now Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba) and other landmarks across what is now Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, to "Queen Charlotte's Island". Northern and northwestern points shown include Slave Lake in what is now the Northwest Territories, "Pr. William Sound" and Cook's River (both in Alaska). The map is accompanied by a lengthy extract of a letter about the region: "Description of the Country from Lake Superior to Cooks River" which takes 2 1/2 pgs. Map measures about 8 3/4 by 10 inches with the margins. This map is in excellent condition & is dated at the upper right.
This issue also includes the two other full page plates called for in the table of contents.
Other articles within include: "Observations on the Action of Gravity" taking 3 pages; and a short bit concerning a letter by "Dr. Franklin" concerning the protection of Capt. Cook (see). Also near the back are: "Accurate Statement of the Late Revolution in France" and news headed "America" beginning: "...the New Government is said to have given new life to the trade, manufactures & agriculture of that country..." with more (see).
Complete in 96 pages, measures 5 by 8 1/4 inches, full title/index page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, inked library stamps at a bit of foxing on the map/engravings, overall excellent condition.
A very nice magazine from the late 18th century 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: Pre-Civil War