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NEW MAGAZINE OF KNOWLEDGE ...
The New Magazine of Knowledge concerning Heaven and Hell, and the universal world of nature; or, Grand museum of intellectual, rational, and scientific truths. ... By a society of gentlemen. [May, 1790; June, 1790; February, 1791; March 1791; May, 1791]
London: printed and sold by R. Hindmarsh, printer to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, ... Sold also by J. Walker, and by all booksellers, stationers, and newscarriers, in town and country, 1790--91.
20.4 cm. (8º)

Five parts only of a short-lived journal edited by Robert Hindmarsh, founder of the Swedenborgian Society, and issued in twenty parts between March 1790 and October 1791, with added volume title pages issued with the first number of each volume. Each issue combined articles on theology with essays on science, natural history, and general ideas, variously including poetry, current events (especially crime news), births, marriages, deaths, preferments, and bankrupts. Early numbers discuss the slave trade and mention the Bounty mutiny. Continued by: New Jerusalem Journal. Imprints vary slightly; from May 1790 and on the vol. II title page, H.D. Symonds' name is added as a bookseller. Volume I, no. 2 also dated April 1790; errata at end of vol. II states that first issue should read March 1790. ESTC p6012.

Copy Notes The parts for May 1790 (vol. I no. 3), June 1790 (vol. I no. 4), February 1791 (vol. II no. 12), March 1791 (vol. II no. 13) and May 1791 (vol. II no. 15), bound together in a pamphlet volume. Includes two copies of the issue for June 1790, the first of which is inscribed in ink on the title-page W. Sharp, perhaps William Sharp, the engraver, friend of William Blake, millenarist supporter of Richard Brothers and Joanna Southcott, a member of the Theosophical Society.



Binding Later C19th half calf, straight-grained binder's cloth boards. Later numbered '83' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5444


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