List of 18th-century journals

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This list of 18th-century journals covers published academic journals from a variety of fields, that were current and printed between 1700 and 1799. It also includes journals that, although initially published before 1700, were current and in print during that century as well. Note that a number of personal books and publications were also titled as "journals"; unless notable, these have been excluded.

Formal published subject-related journals by subject[edit]

Natural sciences[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
Journal für die Botanik ["Journal of Botany"][1] Botany (Germany) 1799      
Allgemeines Journal der Chemie ["German Journal of Chemistry"] Chemistry (Germany) 1798   Aleksandr Ivanovich Sherer, Leipzig  
The Chemical News and Journal of Physical Science (including the Chemical Gazette) Practical Chemistry 1773   William Crookes FRS  
The London Medical Journal: By a Society of Physicians[2] Medicine (UK) 1781   Society of Physicians in London, "Printed by W[illiam]. Richardson and sold by J. Murray, no 32, Fleet-street" "Original from Oxford University"
Parisian Chirurgical [Surgical Journal Medicine (France) 1794   Pierre-Joseph Desault "Original from Oxford University"
A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts William Nicholson 1797   For G. G. and J. Robinson [etc.]  

Philosophy, logic, and mathematics[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Philosophy     The Royal Society One of the first two peer reviewed journals.[3]

Literature[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
The Monthly Review or Literary Journal[4] 1774   "By Several Hands" Oxford University?
A Literary journal [edited by J.P. Droz]   1746      

Religious and spiritual[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
The journal of a two months tour; with a view of promoting religion among the frontier inhabitants of Pennsylvania, and of introducing Christianity among the Indians to the westward of the Alegh-geny mountains.[5] Christianity (evangelism) 1768   By ?Charles Beatty, printed in London, for W. Davenhill [etc.]  
Journal of the Meetings and Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pennsylvania Christianity (USA) 17   Episcopal Church/Diocese of Pennsylvania  
The Christian journal, or Common incidents spiritual instructors Christianity 1792   Author: John Brown  
The Rev. Mr. John Wesley's Journal Christianity (USA) 1979   Author: John Wesley University of Michigan

Governmental and other public inquiries[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
Executive Journal of the Northwest Territory[6] Official journal (Ohio) 1788 1803[6]   "The Executive Journal of the Northwest Territory. In it are recorded all of the official acts and communiques of the governor, Arthur St. Clair, and the secretary, Winthrop Sargent. Singly and individually, it is the most important historical manuscript dealing with the Northwest Territory from its inception in 1788 to its demise with the creation of the state of Ohio."[6]

Held at the Library of the Ohio State Museum.

A Journal of the Session: Containing the Decisions of the Lords of Council[7] Law (Scottish Court of Session) 1705 1713 Pub. 1714  
Journal of the Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives[8] Illinois 1798      
The London journal[9]  ?UK Political journal 1720?     No. 76 was in January 1720, unclear when this journal ran from/to.
The Journal of the House of Burgesses. [Virginia General Assembly] 1758      
Journal: Georgia Constitutional Convention[10] Georgia 1798      
Journal of proceedings, Maryland (Colony) Council[11] Maryland 1756      
Journal of the Indian Roads Congress Public inquiry (India) 1792   M.K. Chatterjee, for the Indian Roads Congress[12]  

Biographical, diarist, and personal journals[edit]

Historical incidents[edit]

Name Author Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
Brief Journal of the Taking of Cape Breton[13] "L.G." 1745?   Published 1745  
The Journal of Major George Washington (1754)[14] George Washington 1753 1754   The carrying of a letter from the governor of Virginia to the French commander of the forts recently built on the headwaters of the Ohio River in northwestern Pennsylvania.
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island John Hunter, Philip Gidley King, Arthur Phillip 1793   Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly  
An historical journal of the campaigns in North-America, for the years 1757, 1758, 1759, and 1760 : containing the most remarkable occurrences of that period, particularly the two sieges of Quebec, &c. &c.[15] Captain John Knox 1769      
A journal of the siege of Quebec[16]   1760      
A Journal of the Most Remarkable Occurrences that Took Place in Rome: Upon the Subversion of the Ecclesiastical Government in 1798 Richard Duppa 1799   G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster Row New York public library
The History of the Revolutions in the Empire of Morocco, Upon the Death of the Late Emperor Muley Ishmael Capt. John Braithwaite, accompanying John Russel, the Consul-General. 1729      
An Authentic Journal of the Siege of the Havana "An Officer" 1762     Original is at Goldsmiths' Library, University of London
A Journal of the Expedition to Carthagena, with Notes[17]  ?Tobias Smollett and/or ?General Wentworth 1744   For J.Roberts, a contributor to the journal. "Sometimes erroneously attributed ... Doubtfully assigned to Smollett"[17]
A journal of what happened at Genoa, and in its territories [1746 'revolution']   1747   Translated from French for George Straham, London.  
A circumstantial journal of the blockade and siege of Gibraltar 1779–1783 Samuel Ancell 1793 (4th Ed.)   Printed by A. Edwards  
A journal of the plague year being observations or memorials, of the most remarkable occurrences, as well publick as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665 Daniel Defoe 1722      

Travel and exploration[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
A Journal from Grand Mount Sinai to Cairo and back again; Translated from a Manuscript, written by the Prefect of Egypt in company with the Missionaries of propaganda fide at Greater Cairo; To which are added some Remarks on the origin of Hierogliphics and the Mythology of the ancient Heathens[18][19] Robert Clayton 1753?   Published 1753  
Journal of the Ship London, Captain Walter Hues, along the North Coast of Magindanao, October 1764[20] Alexander Dalrymple 1764   Published 1781  
Journal of the Schooner Cuddalore through the Strait of Sapy, and on the South Coast of Man[-]e[-]rye, in February, March, and April 1761[20] Alexander Dalrymple 1761   Published 1793  
A Journal, of the Rev. Dr. Coke's Fourth Tour on the Continent of America[21] Travel (America) 1792?   Published 1792 printed by G. Paramore, sold by G. Whitfield, apparently via Methodist organizations
Captain Bilton's Journal of his unfortunate voyage from Lisbon to Virginia in the year 1707 giving an account of the miraculous preservation of himself and nine other persons. At length they were cast upon the cost of Anguilla, a small island...[22] Travel 1707   By Thomas Bilton, published A. Bettesworth and E. Curll, London, 1715  
A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale, to the Gulph of Mexico, to Find Out the Mouth of the Missisipi River. [sic][23]     By Henri Joutel, printed 1714 Last voyage of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
Journal of a Tour to North Carolina by William Attmore, 1787[24] Travel (North Carolina) 1787   By William Attmore and Lida Tunstall Rodman. Published by North Carolina Historical Society.
The Journal of an Excursion to the United States of North America in the Summer of 1794[25] Travel (North America) 1794   Henry Wansey Published 1796
A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty's Ship[26] Travel 1768 1771 By Sydney Parkinson Journal of captain Cooks first voyage, pub. 1773
A Description of East-Florida with a Journal, Kept by John Bartram[27] Travel (Florida) 1769   sold by W. Nicoll; and T. Jefferies By William Stork. First edition (London, 1766) published under title: An account of East-Florida[27]
A Journal of Eight Days Journey from Portsmouth to Kingston Upon Thames[28] Travel (UK) 1756   By Jonas Hanway, printed by H. Woodfall  
The History of a Voyage to the Malouine (or Falkland) Islands ... With An Account of the Patagonians.[29] Travel (Falkland Islands) 1763   Originally published by Don Pernety in French. Translated and printed for T. Jeffreys, London. "Malouine" is similar to the Argentine name "Islas Malvinas"
Journal d'un voyage à la Louisiane, fait en 1720 ["Journal of a voyage to Louisiana made in 1720"][30] Travel (France) 1768   By Vallette Laudun, also states "By M***, Captain of the King's vessel"  
An account of Corsica, the journal of a tour to that island; and memoirs of Pasquale Paoli James Boswell 1768   Printed by R. and A. Foulis for E. and C. Dilly  
The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon[31] Travel 1755     By Henry Fielding, re Viscount Henry St John Bolingbroke, printed for A. Millar.
Histoire et description generale de la Nouvelle France avec le Journal historique d'un voyage fait par ordre du roi dans l'Amérique Septentrionnale. ["Visit to New France - ie, the Eastern half of North America - by order of the King"][32]   1744    ?by Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix; Jacques Nicolas Bellin  
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales   1790     By John White, printed for J. Debrett
Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean   1781      
Journal of a Voyage from London to Savannah in Georgia Travel 1738   Author: George Whitefield, publisher: J Hutton  

General[edit]

Name Author Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
A Journal of the Captivity and Sufferings of John Foss: Several Years a Prisoner at Algiers[33] John Foss 1798      
Journal of William Maclay, United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1789–1791[34] William Maclay 1789 1791   "Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795, his is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses."[34]
A Genuine and True Journal of the Most Miraculous Escape of the Young Chevalier John Burton 1749     Relates to Jacobite Rebellion
A Journal of the Life, Travels, and Labours in the Work of the Ministry of John Griffith[35] John Griffith 1779   Printed and sold by James Phillips, Lombard Street, London New York public library, foreword by Joseph Docwra
A Journal During a Residence in France, from the Beginning of August, to the Middle of December 1792, to which is added an account of the most remarkable things that happened at Paris from that time to the death of the late King of France. John Moore M.D. 1793     G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, London
A collection of the works of William Penn To which is prefixed a journal of his life, with many original letters and papers not before published[36] William Penn 1726   J. Sowle, London  
Journals of Christopher French   1756 1778   Military journal
A journal of the life of Thomas Story containing an account of his remarkable convincement of and embracing the principles of truth as held by the people called Quakers and also of his travels and labours in the service of the gospel, with many other occurrences and observations. Thomas Story 1747   An influential British Quaker.[37] Printed as part of his legacy, by his estate. Printer: I. Thompson  
A Two Years Journal in New-York: And Part of Its Territories in America Charles Wolley 1701   "Printed for John Wyat at the Rose in St. Paul's Churchyard and Eben Tracy, at the Three Bibles on London Bridge"  
Journal of Washington Irving[38] Washington Irving 1737      
A Journal of Occurrences at the Temple, During the Confinement of Louis XVI M. Clery (King's valet) 1798   Translated by R.C.Dallas, London and printed by Baylis of Greville Street New York public library
Secret Journal of a Self-observer[39] Johann Caspar Lavater 1770
1795
    Christianity
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. James Boswell 1786   G. Bell and sons  
(Select Letters Taken from) Fog's Weekly Journal Charles Molloy 1732   "Printed and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster"[40]  

Other/unsorted journals[edit]

Name Subject area
and type
Date
(from)
Date
(to)
Founded/printed by Notes
The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768–1771[41] Travel 1768 1771   Manuscript held at the State Library of NSW.
Portion of an incomplete journal[42] unknown 1788   By Thomas Edgar  
Journal historique et littéraire[43] Humanities (?France) 1789   Printed in Maastricht and Liege by F. Cavelier [etc.] Harvard college library
Journal encyclopédique par une societé de gens de lettres ["Encyclopedic Journal of a Society of Lettered Persons"] unknown 1756     Harvard University Library
Discovery: The Popular Journal of Knowledge[44] unknown 1763   Author: Frances Chamberlaine Sheridan  
The Political Magazine and Parliamentary, Naval, Military, and Literary Journal[45]   1780      
Journal des Sçavans (or "Journal de Savants" - roughly, "Journal of the Learned") type unknown, (France)       One of the first two peer reviewed journals.[3] May also have been called "Journal de Savants"[46]

"Savant" (Old French): a learned person, or one who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field. "Sçavans" seems to be an archaic spelling of that word.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Kronick. History of Scientific and Technical Periodicals. — c. 500 journals, categorized with brief descriptions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=uLwCAAAAYAAJ
  2. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=C6AEAAAAQAAJ
  3. ^ a b Brief history of scholarly journals
  4. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=qJEFAAAAQAAJ
  5. ^ The journal of a two months tour; with a view of promoting religion among the frontier inhabitants of Pennsylvania, and of introducing Christianity among the Indians to the westward of the Alegh-geny mountains. [WorldCat.org]
  6. ^ a b c ohiohistory.org / Transcription of the Executive Journal of the Northwest Territory
  7. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=iomFGQAACAAJ
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=b5s3AAAAMAAJ
  9. ^ The London journal [WorldCat.org]
  10. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=_wx2HAAACAAJ
  11. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=zSDaHAAACAAJ
  12. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=_fAdQSuINKsC
  13. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=0X02GQAACAAJ
  14. ^ DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln | The Journal of Major George Washington (1754)
  15. ^ France in America
  16. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=v7PRGwAACAAJ
  17. ^ a b http://books.google.com/books?id=8Pq2HQAACAAJ
  18. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=XUE5HQAACAAJ
  19. ^ link
  20. ^ a b Literature of Travel and Exploration - E Entries
  21. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=qmYKGQAACAAJ
  22. ^ Captain Bilton's Journal of his unfortunate voyage from Lisbon to Virginia in the year 1707 giving an account of the miraculous preservation of himself and nine other persons. At length they were cast upon the cost of Anguilla, a small island in the West-Indies ... [WorldCat.org]
  23. ^ American Journeys: A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale, to the Gulph of Mexico, to Find Out the Mouth of the Missisipi River [sic]
  24. ^ William Attmore, d. 1800 and Lida Tunstall Rodman Journal of a Tour to North Carolina by William Attmore, 1787
  25. ^ The Online Books Page: The Journal of an Excursion to the United States of North America in the Summer of 1794, by Henry Wansey
  26. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=N8RNGQAACAAJ
  27. ^ a b http://books.google.com/books?id=-V3JHQAACAAJ
  28. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=jxEHGwAACAAJ
  29. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=4icAAAAAQAAJ
  30. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=OdkaAAAAMAAJ
  31. ^ The journal of a voyage to Lisbon [WorldCat.org]
  32. ^ Histoire et description generale de la Nouvelle France avec le Journal historique d'un voyage fait par ordre du roi dans l'Amérique Septentrionnale. [WorldCat.org]
  33. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=emKUHgAACAAJ
  34. ^ a b Journal of William Maclay Home Page: U.S. Congressional Documents
  35. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=yR4FAAAAYAAJ
  36. ^ A collection of the works of William Penn To which is prefixed a journal of his life, with many original letters and papers not before published. [WorldCat.org]
  37. ^ This is a journal related to the life of the influential Quaker Thomas Story, ?1670–1742, of Great Britain, and not the American Quaker Thomas Story Kilbride.[1] [2]
  38. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=L8mRAAAACAAJ
  39. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=nncBAAAAQAAJ
  40. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=FTg2AAAAMAAJ
  41. ^ SETIS Digital Resources: Table of Contents Script
  42. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=9J45HAAACAAJ
  43. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=HLEBAAAAYAAJ
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  45. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=N5IrAAAAMAAJ
  46. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=EWTUlLTfpIQC