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Item # 682838 THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, July, 1790  The bulk of the issue is taken up with a wide range of eclectic articles as noted in the title/contents page.
The issue begins with: "Description of the Falls of Niagara" which takes a full page (lacking the plate called for). But perhaps the most interesting item is: "Criticism on Musick, Letter from Dr. B. Franklin to Mr. P. Franklin, at Newport" which takes over 2 pages. Other items include: "On the Importance & Profits of Agriculture" "Description of the Mississippi River" "Description of Bull Baitings in Spain" & more.
At the back is "The Gazette" with the latest news reports of the day, beginning with a report from New York that the mayor met was President Washington and mention of having famous artist John Trumbull do a portrait of Washington for the City Hall. Also reports on the Creek Indians, and more.
Complete in 64 pages, full title/contents page, lacking the  plate called for, 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.

Eighteenth century American magazines are increasingly scarce in today's market. This title was published  by the famed Isaiah Thomas, the patriot printer from the Revolutionary War & founder of the American Antiquarian Society.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's