'A Prospect of MOUNT VESUVIUS with its Irruption in 1630.' (Gent. Mag.) c.1750

'A Prospect of MOUNT VESUVIUS with its Irruption in 1630.' (Gent. Mag.) c.1750
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An engraved view depicting the major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1631 (not 1630!) which was based on the earlier engraving by Matthias Merian (c.1642) and published in The Gentleman's Magazine (London: E. Cave, 1750).

The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London by Edward Cave (pen name: Sylvanus Urban) in 1731. It was the first ever periodical to use the term 'magazine'; coming from the French / Arabic word for a 'storehouse'. Focusing on an array of subjects including politics, the publication became very popular reaching sales of 10,000 in its first eight years and over 15,000 by the 1740s. Amongst its many contributors was Samuel Johnson who first found regular employment as a writer. 'The Gentleman's Magazine' remained popular throughout the 18th and 19th centuries but by the early 20th century it sales had dropped to the extent that it was finally discontinued in 1922.

  • This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
  • Printed area is approximately 19.6cms by 15.9cms (including title).
  • The engraving is in very good condition with adequate margins; vertical folds, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame acid free mount.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 265 years old.