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Benjamin Franklin receives an award...

Item # 676502 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1753 

* Benjamin Franklin received Copley Medal
* Experiments and Observations on Electricity

Near the back of this issue is a small & inconspicuous item reading: "At the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society the prize medal of gold was voted to Ben Franklyn, Esq. of Maryland, for his electrical discoveries."   Note that not only did they spell his name wrong but they have his home colony wrong.
At the back is the "Historical Chronicle" section with the latest news of the day & which includes a nearly full column under the heading: "America" with items from Boston and Virginia.
There is also a half print print of the "Proboscis of an Amphibious Animal" with a related article.
Lacking the plates called for.
Complete in 48 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 inches, nice condition.

A very nice magazine from 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