1728-36 The Present State of the Republick of Letters
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An eighteenth-century periodical edited by Andrew Reid. A very scarce collection of fourteen volumes. Reid was a Scottish author; he launched the present periodical in 1728 until his death in 1736. It was published monthly and reflects the editor's interest in literature, history, and science.
With articles mainly concerning history and science, literary criticism, travel, poem, contemporary affairs such as a discussion on small-pox, and more.
An abstract of The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended by Sir Isaac Newton, first published posthumously in the same year in 1928, makes up the whole of vol. I for April 1728, dedicated to John Conduit.
Other interesting articles include: a second extract of Hamilton's voyage to the East-Indies; on the state of learning particularly in Italy, London, and other European cities; an early dissertation concerning longitude; a second extract of The Cape of Good Hope; a voyage to Guinea, Brasil, and the West-Indies in his Majesty's ships the Swallow and Weymouth by John Atkins; and much more.
The present collection is comprised of the following volumes:
April 1728, Vol. I.; September 1728, Vol. II; November 1728, Vol. II; August 1729, Vol. IV; March 1730 Vol. V; September 1730, Vol. VI; February 1731, Vol. VII; May 1731, Vol. VII; June 1731, Vol. VII; July 1734, Vol. XIV; January 1735, Vol. XV; April 1735, Vol. XV; March 1736, Vol, XVII; September 1736, Vol. XVII.
ESTC available for the Index to the 1736 volume N56602
Disbound. The text block is internally generally firm throughout. Minor pencil inscriptions to the title pages, undated. With a minor closed tear to the last leaf of text to the vol. for February 1731; With an additional NB leaf pasted to the last leaf of text of the vol. for September 1736. The pages are very clean throughout, with only the odd minor faint spot to the odd leaf.
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