The European Magazine and London Review Containing the Literature, History, Politics, Arts, Manners & Amusements of the Age Volume VII for 1785 [January to June ]

Philological Society of London

Editorial: John Fielding & John Debrett, 1785
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470 & index pages; Full modern medium brown varnished cloth, with a texture and appearance very much resembling leather. Pattern-printed endpapers, with the bookplate of William Tarun Fehsenfeld, a noted Maryland antique dealer and collector of eighteenth century books. The fore and bottom edges of the leaves remain untrimmed. Scattered foxing and a few minor stains, but a nice copy, in all. Two engraved plates called for appear to be missing, but all the plates mentioned below are present and in excellent condition. The European Magazine was launched as the "European Magazine, and London Review" in January 1782, promising to offer "the Literature, History, Politics, Arts, Manners, and Amusements of the Age." . Eighty-nine volumes were published from 1782 until 1826. Its direct competititor was the "Gentleman's Magazine." In this volume covering the first half of the year 1785, the recent passing of Dr. Samuel Johnson was still ongoing news (especially considering that the Gentleman's Magazine also displayed considerable attention to Dr. Johnson over the years). Each of these six issues bound in this volume has Johnsonian content, including an ongoing series -- "An Account of the Writings of Dr. Samuel Johnson, Including Some Incidents of his Life." There is also a series published under the heading: "Johnsoniana." There was a still-significant attribution published here first in January's issue (page 9) which attributes an anonymous pamphlet published in 1740 to Johnson, "on the authority of an old Bookseller, who remembered the publication of it -- ["A complete Vindication of the Licensers of the Stage from the malicious and scandalous Aspersions of Mr. Brooke."] The very first page of the January issue has "Some Account of the Life and Writings of William Herschel, Esq." This is accompanied by a full page portrait of Herschel, engraved by Walker, and the biographical text naturally has an account of Herschel's world-shattering discovery of a new planet. The portrait is worth dwelling on, as I cannot find this image in a google search of Herschel portraits. The astronomer is shown in profile facing left; beneath the portrait oval there is a depiction of his telescope, a star chart and a globe. In the corner of the image, just past Herschel's head, there is a depiction of the new planet "Georgium Sidus" [for "Georgian Star" . King George III certainly appreciated the honor, but it was a hard sell abroad, and after a time being called "Herschel" the new planet was finally named "Uranus." It was the first planet discoverd by telescope; part of the challenge was not only its vast distance from the Sun, but the relatively slow orbit. William Herschel lived over 83 years between 1738 and 1822, but even his long life-span was not quite enough to encompass an entire orbit of his new planet around our sun]. There is also a popular extract of Herschel's important paper: "Some Observations on the Milky Way" (which appeared in 'Philosophical Transactions' a few months previously). Two further letters commenting on "Georgium Sidus" were published in a later issue, included in this volume. Another subject makes an appearance in at least five of the six issues -- the new craze (and achievements) related to the lighter-than-air balloon. The January issue has an account, presented as more or less breaking news of the third flight from England of the French born Jean-Pierre Blanchard, with the American Dr. John Jeffries -- the first flight over the English Channel. This astounding trip took about 2½ hours to travel from England to France on 7 January 1785, flying from Dover Castle to Guînes. Alas, the final issue in our volume, June, has an account of the sad end of an attempt to make a balloon flight in the opposite direction over the Chanel (that later flight by Pilâtre de Rozier and Monsieur Romain on 15 June 1785 ended unsuccessfully in a fatal crash -- see pp. 466-7). There is also an account of Blanchard' first demonstration of a silk p. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: The European Magazine and London Review ...
Editorial: John Fielding & John Debrett
Año de publicación: 1785
Encuadernación: Hardcover
Condición del libro: Very Good-
Edición: First Edition.

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