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Terrific 18th century ship illustration...

Item # 667133 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1748  Certainly a prime feature is the terrific, full page illustration of: "A Ship Of War" with considerable detail, and with most of the facing page having the "Explanation to a Ship of War of the third Rate with Rigging, &c., at Anchor".
The "Explanation" numerically identifies 148 parts noted on the plates as well as 17 other features which are listed alphabetically. A terrific plate for display for any naval history collector, measuring (with the margins), about 8 by 5 inches.
Equally as stunning is a great & large foldout map, although not called for in this issue, titled: "The Geography of the Great Solar Eclipse of July 14, 1748, Exhibiting an Accurate Map of all parts of the Earth in which it will be Visible, with the North Pole, according to the latest Discoveries." The map is taken from the perspective of the North Pole, and including the northeast section of North America south to St. Augustine, all of Europe, northern parts of Africa, all of India & Southeast Asia, Japan, etc. This map folds out to 13 1/4 by 17 1/4 inches. There are two minor repairs done on the back, very discrete on the front. Part of the border at the right margin is trimmed close but no loss to the border. Otherwise very nice.
There is a related article in the issue: "Observations on the Solar Eclipse."
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news reports of the day including a case of slander in Massachusetts.
Lacking are two other plates called for.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, great condition.

A very nice magazine from the "mother country" before the French & Indian War 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