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A complete and authentic issue of Gentleman’s Magazine, London, disbound, VG. This February 1755 issue is 44 pages and contains a half page description “Particular Account of the Late Eruption at Vesuvius.” In small part, “Vesuvius you may have heard, is now in great glory. ... about fourteen days since burst its sides in many different places, on the north east part of the mountain, which being turned from Naples, prevents its being seen from hence but by the illumination by night. This tho' it is considerable enough to reflect its light on the sea quite across the bay on the opposite shore in a very picturesque ... Also, from the interior a copper engraved image of a “New Improvement of the Thermometer.” The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London, England, by Edward Cave in January 1731. It ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922. Cave, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term magazine (meaning "storehouse") for a periodical. Contributions to the magazine frequently took the form of letters, addressed to "Mr. Urban". The iconic illustration of St. John's Gate on the front of each issue (occasionally updated over the years) depicted Cave's home, in effect, the magazine's "office".
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Mount Vesuvius Erupts - A 1755 Original Report

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