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Newspapers from the 1700sThe eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
Newspapers from the 1700s
The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
June 26, 1735
THE FREE BRITON, London, June 26, 1735
* Rare title... 18th century original...
This is issue number 294 of this title as well as its last, as the note at the bottom of the back page reads: "The continuation of this paper will proceed in a new Daily Paper, which will make its appearance the beginning of next week." (see). Plus, one of the banner heads on the fron... See More
April 11, 1781
RUDDIMAN'S WEEKLY MERCURY, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 11, 1781
* Poison or Apoplexy? The Chirurgeon’s Verdict
* Captain John Donnellan guilty & hanged
All of pages 1, 2, 3 & most of pg. 4 are taken up with details of the landmark case in medical jurisprudence, the trial of John Donnellan for the murder of his brother-in-law. In brief, the case is noteworthy because o... See More
January 22, 1726
THE DAILY COURANT, London, Jan. 22, 1726
* Rare 18th century title
This was the world's first successful daily newspaper, and is a landmark issue for any newspaper collection as such. It began in 1702. As would be imagined the issue is almost entirely taken up with various European reports, with half of the back page taken up with advertisements.
Complete as a single sheet newspap... See More
January 12, 1717
THE EVENING POST, London, Jan. 12, 1717 A very handsome issue which has a very interesting & unusual format. Much news from Europe on pages 1 and 2, with print only only half of page 3 with a banner heading: "POSTSCRIPT" with several more news items as well as a nice red tax stamp (see). The back page is entirely blank.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, 8 1/4 by 10 in... See More
September 2, 1715
THE ENGLISHMAN, London, Sept. 2, 1715
* Rare 18th century title
* Richard Steele fame
This is one of the more rare British titles from the early part of the 18th century, published by the famed Richard Steele and being a continuation of his newspaper "The Guardian". It ran for just 95 issues. One writer noted it: "...targeted (and to some degree, created) the risi... See More
March 8, 1730
THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, March 8, 1730
* Rare 18th century title
A somewhat large size, single sheet newspaper from this early year with various reports from Europe with datelines from the Hague, Paris, and Rome. The back page is mostly taken up with various advertisements, two of which are illustrated.
Measures 9 by 16 inches, red tax stamp on the back page, nice condition.... See More
June 9, 1715
THE FLYING-POST: OR, THE POSTS-MASTER, London, June 9, 1715
* Very rare title
In 1695 the Licensing Act of England was allowed to lapse, which caused several newspapers to begin publication, this title being one of them. But this is certainly one of the more rare such titles as we have only offered 4 or 5 in the past 40 years.
Filled with various reports from Europe, plus the back pag... See More
August 12, 1729
THE NORWICH GAZETTE, England, Aug. 12, 1727
* Rare 18th century title
* Great masthead engraving
See the photo for the tremendous detail in the masthead of this early newspaper showing the skyline of Norwich. Individual buildings and even the windows can be seen in this woodblock engraving. There are insets in the upper corners as well, one showing the patron Saint George slayin... See More
August 24, 1728
MIST'S WEEKLY JOURNAL, London, August 24, 1728
* Rare 18th century title
This is a very rare, variant issue of this title, being a broadsheet version done in one column format, presenting just the text of a letter to the publisher signed "Amos Dudge". Most of the focus of the letter is on the leadership of Persia.
I say this is a variant issue as we have had the "re... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1759 An inside page contains a great report on one of the more significant battles of the French & Indian War, headed: "Letter from Maj. Gen. Amherst to Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated Crown Point, August 5" which gives a day-by-day account of the siege at Fort St. Frederick from July 27 to August 5, with some of the reports near th... See More
Item #629995SUPPLEMENT TO THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE for the year 1765, London This is the "supplement" issue produced at the end of the year. Included is a very interesting address of the governor of Massachusetts to his General Assembly concerning enforcing the hated Stamp Act, noting in part: "...the present state of the province...what is to be done at this difficult & dangerous... See More
March 1, 1787
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1787
* 18th century reader's digest
* Early America reports
Included near the back is nearly a full page of: "American News", beginning with mention that Virginia has created duties on imports, with details. From New York is mention that: "Congress have lately concluded a negociation with the Court of Lisbon in respect of tra... See More
April 1, 1787
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1787 Included is a very lengthy review of a new book: "Travels in North America in the Years 1780, 1, & 2" which takes up 3 pages with much detail on lie in America during these closing years of the Revolutionary War (see for portions). An interesting and early travelogue.
Near the back is nearly a column headed: "American News&quo... See More
Item #629939THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1795
* Re. revolutionary War prisoners
* George Washington & Thomas Gage
Included is: "General Gage's Answer to General Washington" dated at Boston, Aug. 13, 1775, which is in response to Washington's complaint that American prisoners were being treated very poorly. Gage does in part: "...Britons, ever pe... See More
Item #629935THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1795
* President George Washington
* Officer in the British Army ?
Included is a letter to the publisher concerning George Washington, referencing his bravery & military prowess fro the French & Indian War (see). Further on it notes: "...In the regular standing army of Great Britain he never held any commission: and this p... See More
Item #629924THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1794
* Island of Corsica
* American military
Included are: "Description of Corsica" which takes over a full page; "William the Lion, King of Scotland" which includes a full page print of him (see); and a small item near the back includes: "The Americans, with the best disposition to preserve peace, are making great &... See More
October 8, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia Oct. 8, 1788
* re. Treaty of Paris - Peace
Page 2 contains an interesting report noting: "A gentleman from Canada informs us...that the British court was determined not to surrender the western posts until the Americans should make full restitution to their merchants for the losses they have sustained by the infraction of the trea... See More
October 18, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 18, 1788
* 18th century America
The front page features 18 illustrated ship ads. Page 3 has a report from the "Journal of Congress" concerning a Resolve: "That measures be taken for confirming in their possessions & titles the French & Canadian inhabitants & other settlers at Post St. Vincents on the Mi... See More
November 30, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 1785 Page 2 has an item: "The request of the United States to their great and good alley [France] to furnish them with $400,000 in order to bribe the Algerines to a peace meets, it is said, with a very cool reception at Paris...how far that measure may be consistent with the safety & independence of the United States... See More
November 19, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1785
* John Paul Jones
The front page features 20 illustrated ship ads. Page 3 has a brief item with a rare mention of John Paul Jones from after the Revolutionary War in a letter from a member of Congress at New York: "...a war being declared against us by Algiers, is, I believe, too well founded & renders it ... See More
Item #629784THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1755 Contains an interesting variety of articles from during the French & Indian War in America, among which are: "Scheme For a New Lottery" "Account of American Pine" "Description of a Flying Lizard"; "Description of the City of Lisbon" and much on the earthquake there; plus many other articles.
Nea... See More
Item #629782THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1767
* Foldout map of India, Pakistan, and more
* Early on the wine industry in America
The first article in this issue is: "An Historical Account of the late Acquisitions of the East India Company in Bengal" which is accompanied by a great fold-out map showing most of India and parts of other countries including Ceylon (S... See More
Item #629781GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1764 Among the articles within are: "Inutility of Amputations" "A Description of the City of Chester" "An Account of a Remarkable Darkness at Detroit, in America" which is an extremely early mention of Detroit (see); "Natural History of Kamtschatka" "Description of Turk's Island" and much... See More
September 26, 1746
THE DAILY GAZETTEER, OR LONDON ADVERTISER, England, September 26, 1746 The phrase: "A Vigorous War, or Glorious Peace" is boldly printed in the middle of the masthead (see photos). An interesting newspaper from this pivotal year of the Jacobite Rebellion, single sheet, with various news items on the front page and the back page mostly taken up with ads.
Folio-size, trimmed at the ... See More
Item #629564THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, February, 1756 This is a considerably more rare title than the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" after which it is modeled, as the format is extremely similar. The title/contents page features a very nice engraving of the skyline of London. Included within is a continued article: "Account of the British Plantations in America", this port... See More
Item #629562THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, December, 1755 One of the nicer features of this issue is the very nice title page engraving of the skyline of London in the 1750's, which has much detail (see photos). There is also a nice article taking over a full page: "Account of the British Plantations in America" which is very descriptive of Virginia (see photos).
Other items in this issue ... See More
April 19, 1793
THE SUN, London, April 19 1793 News reports are almost entirely European however page 2 has a report headed: "Quebec" which includes: "The inhabitants of Quebec have...been alarmed by the report of an intended general mutiny in the Prince's Regiment, the Royal Fusileers...formed a plan...of securing the governor, the Prince...plundering the town, and...marching with ... See More
April 13, 1798
THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE, England, April 13, 1798
* Rare 18th century title
See the very handsome masthead with this issue. Plus the front page has a nice red tax stamp. Various European news of the day, four pages, never-trimmed margins. Stain to an upper corner, bit irregular at the spine, a few internal archival mends near margins, generally nice.... See More
Item #629303GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1757 A very nice magazine from during the French & Indian War from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907... See More
Item #629301THE EVENING POST, London, September 18, 1721 This is our last issue of this title from the 1720's. This issue has various news from Europe and ads as well, with a nice full red-inked tax stamp on page 3, one-third of which is blank (see photo). Nearly half of the back page is blank as well.
Complete in four pages, never bound nor trimmed, a bit irregular at the spine margin, generally nice. M... See More
Item #629231THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793
* John Hancock death (1st report)
* American revolution patriot
* Declaration of Independence fame
Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock. Perhaps it is not unexpected that... See More
November 26, 1774
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 26, 1774
* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
* Mention of Thomas Jefferson's Summary View...
* Stephen Arnold... William Draper...
The ftpg. has an item from Providence, Rhode Island, which mentioned in part: "...advice that a mob was raised consisting of some hundreds of people who threatened, & were hourly expected to come to destroy sa... See More
Item #629165GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1796 Included is a very interesting article titled: "Present State of Printing and Bookselling in America" which is great for our hobby as there is talk of newspaper printing as well, including; "...people of North America manufacture their own paper...The newspapers of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Mary... See More
Item #629122GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1791
* General Joseph Harmar
* Northwest Territory campaign
* Native Americans - Indians
One of the plates has several prints of early coins with some descriptive text as well (see). Another plate has a coastal: "View Near Margate" plus a: "View in Lower Saxony". Another page has an article and a small print of the... See More
Item #629065SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1787 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. Within this supplement issue, which was published at the end of the year, is a full page print of various coins, one of which is the Nova Cesarea New Jersey colonial coin dated 1786, with a very brief note on it on the following page: "Fig. 6 is sent us for decyphering as a supposed American coin." which it is. The print... See More
Item #628816THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, January, 1789 This title has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, having begun in September, 1786 and lasting until December, 1792.
Among the articles are: "An Account of the Manners of the German Inhabitants of Pennsylvania" which takes 7 1/2 pages. Also a full page chart of the: "Moral and Physical Thermometer"... See More
February 24, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, February 24, 1798
* Presidents John Adams & Thomas Jefferson
On the front page under "Laws of the United States" are six "Acts", each signed in script type: John Adams & in block type: TH: Jefferson (see). One of the acts allowed for compensation "...to the door keeper of the Senate, and his assistant; for their services duri... See More
December 4, 1790
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 4, 1790 Page 2 has a piece concerning the discussion in the Virginia Assembly on the assumption of the state debts by Congress (see). Page 3 has: "Column On Beacon Hill" which has much detail on it, noting the specifics of the inscriptions on all 4 sides noting the significant battles & other events relating to the Revolutionary War (see).
Four... See More
November 24, 1798
WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, Nov. 24, 1798
* French campaign in Egypt and Syria
* Battle of the Pyramids
The bottom of page 3 has a brief item: "The accounts of the defeat of Buonaparte, by the Arabs, is not official; and is in some parts contradictory. The Directory has announced to the Councils that he entered Cairo, the last of July. We must wait for something official on his hea... See More
June 1, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, June 1, 1795
* Battle of Genoa
* Naval engagement
Page 2 includes: "Engagement on the Mediterranean" and: "Naval Engagement" plus other news reports. The back page has an ad: "Tho. & John Hancock" concerning these sons: "Respectfully inform their friends & the public that they have taken that large & commodious sto... See More
June 7, 1715
THE POST-MAN & THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT, London, June 7, 1715
* Rare & early 18th century issue
* Nice masthead engravings
A newspaper formatted much like the "Post-Boy" we've offered before, but a much more scarce title. Various news of the day with some advertisements on the back page.
Complete as a single sheet issue, some foxing or staining near the masthead, ... See More
August 30, 1796
KENTISH GAZETTE, Canterbury, England, Aug. 30, 1796 Two nice engravings in the masthead, one of the cathedral at Canterbury. Various news of the day with the back page having 2 letters signed in type by: Buonaparte. Bit close-trimmed at the top of the back leaf affects the top line, otherwise very nice condition.
May 26, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 26, 1798
* President John Adams
A nice issue for display as the front page contains not just one but six letters, each signed in type by the president: JOHN ADAMS. There are two more letters signed by Adams on page 2. These letters are in response to letters sent to him by people or groups in Lancaster & Harrisburg, Penna., and also Burlington ... See More
November 14, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 14, 1785
* Colonial tricorne hat advertisement
The ftpg. is filled with ads including 16 illustrated ship ads (see). Printed during the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War & the creation of the federal government. Pg. 3 has an item from Charleston noting: "We are informed that Congress have sent a... See More
December 10, 1798
THE FARMER'S WEEKLY MUSEUM: NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT JOURNAL, Walpole, Dec. 10, 1798
* Lord Horatio Nelson letter
* Battle of the Nile victory
* Napoleon Bonaparte
A very historic issue as page 2 has the notable letter signed in type by: Horatio Nelson in which he announces his victory over Napoleon Buonaparte & the French army at the Battle of the Nile. It begins: "A... See More
December 11, 1755
THE CONNOISSEUR "By Mr. Town [pseud.], Critic, and Censor-General", London, Dec. 11, 1755 A weekly paper which lasted about 2 1/2 years as a "commoner's" counterpart to "The World" [which we sell as well], a periodical of about the same time which dealt more with the interests of aristocrats.
James Boswell says in his "Life of Johnson", "...I... See More
Item #628438THE SUPPLEMENT TO THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, 1775
* Culture of wine
* Rev. War in America
The 30 pages of this issue are mostly taken up with a lengthy article headed: "Debates in the Last Session of Parliament, Resumed" which includes various talk of the Revolutionary War in America (see photos for portions).
Another article is titled: "The Culture of Vines... See More
Item #628437THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, December, 1731 (first edition)
* A rare 1st edition from the 1st year of publication
* A Jew is convicted of forgery
* Much on the Liberty of the Press
Perhaps the most interesting content is found near the back under "The Monthly Intelligencer" which includes among other news reports from throughout Europe: "Mordecai Jacob Devr... See More
Item #628417THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, October, 1790 The bulk of the issue is taken up with a wide range of eclectic articles as noted in the title/contents page. The issue begins with a story: "The New Pygmalion" which is accompanied by a full page engraving titled: "I am an Orphan sir". Rare that this engraved plate is present as most were removed years ago. The plate has ... See More
Item #628415THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, November, 1790 The bulk of the issue is taken up with a wide range of eclectic articles as noted in the title/contents page. Among the articles are: "Description of the Person of Christ, From Josephus" "New Account of the Patagonians" "Reflections on the Unbounded & Astonishing Scenes of Creation" "The Family Economy & ... See More
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