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Edward Cave Junior, and his Gentleman’s Magazine…

[1]A few months ago we wrote about what is considered by many to be the most successful literary magazine of all time, The Gentleman’s Magazine [2]. While RareNewspapers.com [3] continues to offer many original issues of this title [4] from the 18th and early 29th centuries, few know of the magazine’s or its founder, Edward Cave, Junior. A collector friend recently came across a wonderful posting by The Society of 18th-Century Gentleman which goes into considerable detail concerning both. An excerpt includes:

“…Edward Cave eventually purchased a small print house and shortly after began The Gentleman’s Magazine. The first issue appeared in January of 1731. Cave quickly became a highly respected publisher and businessman, and “a multitude of magazines arose” all over the world. The magazine was soon the most well-known and highly respected publication in the English language. It is widely believed that Mr. Cave was the first person ever to use the term “magazine” to describe a monthly publication of this type…”

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If you’ve never perused this little gem, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with its detailed coverage of events of the day.