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It has always been known that monthly numbers of the Gentleman's Magazine were reprinted, but the number, kind, and order of the printings has not been established. William B. Todd plans to provide a description of the original numbers, but it is not within the scope of his plan to describe variants after 1734. The present paper describes two impressions of a 1738 number of GM and demonstrates which is the prior one. The fact that numbers of the magazine were re-impressed from standing type, which is shown here, is of interest to those concerned with the production of the magazine. This paper also discriminates three editions of the January 1742 number, and it indicates a few other reprintings of numbers of the 1742 GM.