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S. BLADON, at No. 42, and J. Coote, at No. 16, Pater-Noster-
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eveh unbiass'd in an improper manner, and never to accept froin the crown either place, pension, gratuity, or emolumense of any kind. I will live and die in
Embellished with Copper-Plates, Satirical, Political, and
Scientifical, from Original Designs.
A's SOCIETY OF GENTLE MEN,
Members of the University of OXFORD.
Printed for the Authors, and fold by W. Jackson, at Oxford ;
S. BLADON, at No. 42, and J. Coote, at No. 16, Pater-Nofter-
M DCC LXVIII,
Society of gentlemen of the university of Oxford, persuaded of the great utility that would result from a monthly pamph
let properly executed, have undertaken the arduous talk and from a desire of dispersing, more effectually, the seeds of knowledge among a brave, a free, and a studious people ; propose to furnis materials for the work now offered to the public.
Though the authors of this work are convinced, that their performance must stand or fall by its intrinsic merit, and not by any thing that can be said to recommend it; ġet it will be necessary to give some account of the undertaking, for which they now presume to solicit the favour of the public; especiallý as it will appear under the common title of a MAGAZINE.
They well know the consequence of magnifying their own abilities; but flatter themfelves, that by their own affiduity, the assistance of the learned in general, and of their brother students in particular, the public will not be disappointed; nor the university, of which they have the honour to be members, disgraced.
Having thus embarked in the cause of learning, they are determined to exert their whole abilities to support it. The love of science will animate them in the pursuit, and the honour of the seat of learning to which they belong, be a perpetual spur to their industry.
Reputation, not advantage, is the prize they labour to obtain ; as a proof of which they propose to give elegant copper-plates from original designs, in every number of their work; the expence of which will fufficiently demonstrate, that their profeffions are sincere, as they cannot be animated by the hopes of any pecuniary reward.
The proprietors of almost all the magazines extant, are at so great a loss for embellishments, that they feldom furnish a copper-plate that is in the least degree interesting. They give indeed a stated number, without regarding the propriety or utility of such plates. Sometimes the public are presented with a moth or butterfly, then, perhaps, the arms of some noble duke; a head of some bishop comes next; then a curious serpent from Africa, &c. &c. In short, they áre in general the strangest medley of objects that can possibly be conceived. Our plan is of a different nature. Not a month passes wherein something of consequence does not engage the attention of the public: designs and engravings will be immediately made from the most striking subjects, and satirical and political cards will be given in each number, executed by the most ingenious artists; which, It is lioped, will vie, in humour and satire, with the late celebrated Mr. Hogarth's performances. We may venture however to proinise, that the Engravings, only, exclusive of the letter-press, will, by all connoisieurs, be deemed worth double the money that is given for the whole. Besides thefe, we shall give such other copper-plates as are necessary to illustrate the several branches of science, which we fhall occasionally treat one