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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
June 1, 1787
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1787 Included near the back is nearly half a page headed: "American News" which begins: "The present state of America is rather to be deplored than envied..." concerning its financial situation, including; "...America, like every other rising state, must have much to struggle with before it can arrive at opulence...".
Inc... 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
February 1, 1787
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1787 Included are over 3 pages taken up with: "Judge Pendleton's Animated Charge to Grand Juries of South Carolina" which is prefaced with a note: "Those who have attended to the revolutions of empires, and marked the slow progress of infant states towards greatness, will not be surprised that all the unhappy consequences have ha... 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
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
June 1, 1797
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, June, 1797 Includes an interesting article; "Inconsistencies in Thomas Paine's Writings Pointed Out" which is a letter taking over a full page, beginning: "I should not have troubled you with any remarks upon a letter, which made its appearance some months ago, addressed to George Washington, president of the United States of America,... See More
March 1, 1798
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, March, 1798 Articles include: "Essays on the Provincial Half-Pennies" which takes almost 2 1/2 pages. Also within is a very detailed account of the: "Melancholy Fate of His Majesty's Ship La Tribune" which sank off the coast of Nova Scotia, about which much is written on-line (see hyperlink). This report takes over a full page. A... 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 #629154THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1796 Included is an interesting article concerning various old coins unearthed when digging a foundation, with a plate of them (see). Another interesting article takes nearly 2 pages headed: "Hints to Those Who May Wish to Emigrate to America". Yet another item from the "Proceedings of the House of Lords" mentions: "Mr. W... See More
Item #629150THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1792 One of the plates in this issue is a nice full page of: "Malling Abbey" with related text. Among the "Review of New Publications" is: "A Discourse Delivered...at the Funeral of the late Rev. Mr. John Wesley" followed by: "The Rights of Man, Part II; Combining Principle and Practice, by Thomas Paine"... See More
Item #629148THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1792 One of the features of this issue is a facsimile plate of an answer by Oliver Cromwell to the East India Merchants in 1657, and of the handwriting of the several petitioners (see). Another plate shows a beautiful view of Hanbury Church in Staffordshire.
Near the back is news headed: "America" which is mostly concerning Canada, inc... See More
Item #629147GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1792 Included is a nice chart of the: "Population of the United States of America" which has numbers from 1784 and 1790 with columns for "white inhabitants" and "slaves" as well (see). A bit or related text as well (see). Most of a page is taken up with: "A Protest Against T. Paine's 'Rights of Man'...in Co... See More
Item #629142SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1792 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. Within this supplement issue, which was published at the end of the year, is a nice plate titled: "Hyde Park Turnpike" with a related front page article. Near the back is content headed: "Trial of Louis XVI" plus various content on the French Revolution. Also two Proclamations" by the King of England (see)... See More
Item #629140GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1792 Inside has a very nice plate showing: "South East Prospect of Stratford Upon Avon, 1746" and another plate is a very nice & detailed foldout captioned: "View of the Temple at Paris - National Guard - People in Tumult with the Head of Princess Lamballe" which is from during the French Revolution (see the hyperlink on her... See More
Item #629138GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1792 Inside has most of a column taken up with news headed: "America" which begins: "This country was never in so flourishing a state as at present; the increase of people, riches, and agriculture is almost incredible...The present war with the Indians has for while stopped emigration to the Western territories..." with m... See More
Item #629124GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1791 Included is an interesting article: "Dr. Franklin's Parable Traced to its Source" which takes nearly two pages. Also within: "Monument for Captain Cook" and: "An Elegy Occasioned by the Rejection of Mr. Wilberforce's Motion for the Abolition of the African Slave Trade" (see); and much more.
Near the back are... 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 #629121GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1796
* Lord Horatio Nelson
* HMS Victory
Included is a nearly column long letter signed in type: Horatio Nelson, written on board his ship Victory near Toulon, mentioning in part: "I have the pleasure to inform you that the troops...troop possession of the forts & town of Puerto Ferrajo this day..." with further details. (see)
... See More
Item #629120GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1796 Included is an interesting and quite descriptive article on the kangaroo, perhaps the earliest such report we have seen. Bits include: "...The Gamgarou, or, as Pennant calls it, Kangaroo, is a native of New South Wales and first discovered by that able and much lamented navigator Capt. Cook. The proportions of this animal are singular in a gr... See More
Item #629117GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1796 Over 2 pages are taken up with: "The Severity of a Pennsylvanian Winter Exemplified". Various other articles and news reports, primarily focused on events & news in the United Kingdom.
Included are both full page plates called for
Complete in 88 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 inche... See More
Item #629086GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1799 Near the back in the "Historical Chronicle" is a detailed letter signed in type by: Horatio Nelson, which related to his efforts just before and at the Battle of the Nile in which he defeated Napoleon Buonaparte (see).
Included are both plates called for.
Complete in 88 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's... See More
Item #629084GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1792 Among the articles are: "Dispassionate Remarks on the Slave Trade" "Remarks on the Various Opinions Fairy Rings" "A Protest Against all the Petitions for the Abolition of the Slave Trade". Near the back is news of the day including over half a column headed: "America" which includes a report from Hawaii (ve... See More
Item #629083GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1790 The issue includes a wide range of articles taking the majority of the pages, and also has near the back several pages with an: "Accurate Statement of the Late Revolution in France". There is also a report headed: "America" noting in part: "...that Major Hardin...with 200 volunteers...of Kentucky...made an expedition fr... See More
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