Boston: Greenleaf's Printing Office, October, 1774. ,-386pp. plus engraving. Dbd. Minor foxing and toning. Engraving separately matted. Item #WRCAM53484
An important issue of this American colonial periodical, as it includes an outstanding political cartoon by the American patriot Paul Revere, commenting on the Quebec Act. The engraving is titled “The Mitred Minuet,” and is credited to “P. Revere sc” at lower right. The cartoon shows four Anglican bishops dancing hand-in-hand around a draft of the "Quebec Bill" while Lord Bute, Lord North, another lord, and the devil direct them. The masthead illustration features a metal-type cut also by Revere, depicting an Indian presenting a calumet to "an ill-drawn figure representing the Genius of Knowledge" - Mott. The periodical itself had an interesting history, having been proposed and founded by early American printer Isaiah Thomas in 1773. From Thomas's own THE HISTORY OF PRINTING IN AMERICA: "A prospectus of this work appeared many months before the magazine; but the disordered state of public affairs, and the difficulties which individuals experienced from them, prevented it from being sooner put to press; and after a few numbers had been published, the distress occasioned to the inhabitants of Boston by shutting up and blockading their port, obliged its editor to suspend the publication. The first number for January, 1774, was published at the close of that month...The editor [Isaiah Thomas], after having been at considerable trouble and expense in bringing the work before the public, published it six months, and then was obliged, first, to suspend, and afterward to relinquish it; but Joseph Greenleaf continued the publication until April following, when the war put a period to the magazine. This was the last periodical work published in Boston before the revolution. It had a considerable list of subscribers." A notable issue of a legendary Revolutionary-period magazine, with the Revere engraving (often lacking). All original Paul Revere engravings are now rare on the marketplace. EVANS 13590. BRIGHAM, p.88. MOTT, AMERICAN MAGAZINES, pp.83-86.