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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.
Item #208424THE CALEDONIAN MERCURY, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1791 A nice newspapers from the late 1700's carrying various news of the day and a wealth of ads. The entire front page is taken up with ads, a few of which are illustrated. Nice engraving in the middle of the masthead showing the "mercury" figure. Folio size, complete in 4 pages, some scattered browning or foxing, generally in good condit... See More
Item #208091THE ORACLE, London, England, 1793 A folio-size issue of 4 pages filled with news of the day & a wide variety of ads, and incorporating an interesting & ornate engraving in the masthead. A portion of a tax stamp remains on the front page. Nice condition. The photo is generic & the date you receive will be slightlly different although from 1793.
Item #208039from the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1771 The print is of "A Design for a BRIDGE over Yarmouth Haven Drawn by Mr. Samuel Bream". This is the print only, not the complete magazine, which would very nice framed. See photo for details.
Item #208020THE WEEKLY JOURNAL OR SATURDAY'S POST, London, 1721 Noted in the masthead: "With Freshest Advices Foreign & Domestick". See the photo for one of the most ornate and intricately engraved mastheads to be had, perfect for display. Complete 6 pg. issue with various news of the day and ads as well. The exact date of the issue you receive will differ from that shown but the format &... See More
Item #207992THE YORK CHRONICLE, England, 1787 A nice folio-size, four page newspaper and somewhat uncommon from this British town in the 1700's, filled with varoius news of the day and ads as well. The front page includes a red-inked tax stamp.
This issue was never bound nor trimmed, has some rubbing at the folds and browning scattered throughout. A nice 18th century title we've never had the pleasur... See More
January 15, 1798
ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, January 15, 1798. This is perhaps the first 18th century newspaper we have offered from Birmingham. The front page includes a report from London which reports a "call to arms" by the government, beginning: "Government, convinced of the dangers which at present hang over us, are taking the necessary steps to guard against the threatened vengean... See More
Item #207653THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, 1792 A very nice full folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with the entire front page taken up with ads. Pages 2 & 3 have various news of the day with the back page having mostly ads. The front page includes a nice, partial red-inked tax stamp. Very nice condition.
Item #207652THE DIARY; OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, 1790 This is a nice folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with untrimmed margins (uncommon) and a nice red-inked tax stamp in the lower right corner of the front page. Various news of the day plus ads as well. This is one of the less common British titles in our inventory, never held by us in 30 years outside of our recent purchase. Minimal fold or edge wea... See More
Item #207651THE GLASGOW COURIER, Scotland, 1799 An uncommon late 18th century title from Scotland, as Edinburgh issues are more typically found. Various news of the day on pages 1, 2 & 3 with the back page mostly taken up with ads, and other ads scattered on page 3 as well. Folio-size, complete in 4 pages, a few small binding holes at the blank spine margin, and a partial red-inked tax stamp at the top of... See More
Item #207650THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, 1783 A very nice folio-size newspaper of four pages from the final year of the Revolutionary War--the year the peace treaty was signed--but I don't see any particular content in this issue relating to the war. The front page is almost entirely taken up with ads with various news of the day on pages 2, 3 and 4, with more ads scattered throughout.... See More
Item #207649LLOYD'S EVENING POST, London, 1796 A fine, 18th century British newspaper very popular in its day, with not only the front page but most inside pages entirely taken up with current news. There are some advertisements scattered throughout as well. Complete in 8 pages, minimal edge wear, generally nice. Measures about 9 by 11 1/2 inches.
Item #207543ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, 1798 This is perhaps the first 18th century newspaper we have offered from Birmingham. Filled with various news & ads of the day, it is full folio size with 4 pages with a partial red-inked tax stamp on the front page.
Nice condition. The photo below is "generic" as the actual issue you receive will be a slightly different date although from 1... See More
Item #207542JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, England, 1792 This may be the first 18th century Oxford newspaper we have offered. Full folio size with four pages, the masthead includes an engraving on each side making this a decorative issue. Various news of the day and a wealth of ads as well, there is much political content within this issue.
Some light rubbing & very light browning to the front page,... See More
Item #207541THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, London, 1786 A fine example of an 18th century, full-folio size newspaper of four pages, with various news of the day and a large number of ads as well. Page 3 contains a partial red-inked tax stamp. Wide margins, very nice condition. This is another title we have not had the good fortune of having in our inventory in the past. The photo is "generic" as the actual... See More
Item #207539THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1727 This will likely be one of the earliest dated Scottish newspapers you will come across. Complete in 4 pages with various news of the day from throughout Europe, the front page features an ornately engraved first letter (see photo). Some light dirtiness & rubbing to the front page with some edge wear. Measures about 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches. The photo ... See More
Item #207537THE CALEDONIAN MERCURY, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1745 This is one of the more famous 18th century titles from Scotland, complete in four pages and with various news of the day and ads as well. We have several issues from the significant year of 1745 from during the Jacobite Rebellion, and great to have a newspaper from Scotland at this time! Some light soiling to the front page, otherwise in rather ni... See More
Item #207535A REVIEW OF THE STATE OF THE BRITISH NATION, London, 1708 From research done by the prestigious London rare book firm of Pickering & Chatto, this is one of Daniel Defoes greatest, but least known works. The Review covered his many interests, both literary and historical and was published twice and later three times a week. The reason for the neglect of this work is due in part to the tiny orig... See More
Item #205901THE NORWICH GAZETTE, England, 1728 (with a full red-inked tax stamp on the front page). See the photo below 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 slaying a dragon. Complete ... See More
Item #205598THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November,1748 The most significant content in this issue would be the "General & Definitive Treaty of Peace", more commonly known as the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle which ended the War of the Austrian Succession. This treaty takes five pages.
Other items in this issue are: "A Pulmonic Machine" with a print of it, appearing to be mu... See More
Item #205313THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1756 Among the articles in this issue are: "Interesting Observations on Raising Raw Silk" which has much focus on the silk in dustry in America (see); 'Translation of a Remarkable Speech made by Paoli...at a late Meeting of the States of the Island of Corsica" 'Who Shall be Licensed to Kill Game" "Short View ... See More
Item #204521FELIX FARLEY'S BRISTOL JOURNAL, England, 1798 A quite uncommon title from the 18th century with a nice engraving in the masthead including a shield and a unicorn. The front page is mostly taken up with ads with various news of the day inside including military events. This was the year of the famous Battle of the Nile between England and Napoleon Buonaparte's army. Some light water staining a... See More
Item #204519DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, 1783 A quite uncommon title, in fact the very first we've come across in 29 years. A nice, full folio size newspaper of 4 pages with an engraving in the center of the masthead and great to have from the end of the Revolutionary War in the colonies. Various news of the day and a wealth of ads as well. The front page also has a partial red-inked tax stamp. A ... See More
Item #204516THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, 1765 A rather uncommon title from before the Revolutionary War and a nice opportunity for a British newspaper from during the year of the Stamp Act in the colonies. Contents include various news of the day with a wealth of ads as well. Complete in 8 pages & measuring about 8 1/2 by 11 inches, never trimmed at the margin, some light rubbing a... See More
Item #204514THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, 1767 (currently spelled Gloucester). Here is a very nice, four page issue from the year the Stamp Act was repealed and just a few years before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in the colonies. This issue has a very nice & decorative masthead featuring engravings on either side. The front page also has a red-inked tax stamp. This issue contains various news ... See More
Item #204451EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1746 A fine, four page issue from during the midst of the Jacobite Rebellion. Nice to have a perspective of political and news reports from Scotland during this troubled period in British history. Very nice condition. The photo shown is generic. The actual date you receive will be slightly different but will be from 1746.
Item #204196THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1779 A fine opportunity to purchase a magazine from during the Revolutionary War at a reasonable price, as I find almost no American content in this issue. At the back under the "Historical Chronicle" is mention that the New York, Quebec & Newfoundland fleets have set sail under the convoy of Admiral Arbuthnot. The balance of the news ... See More
Item #202927THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, 1777 A fine issue from during the middle of the Revolutionary War with actual war reporting. Additional varied content, presenting an interesting perspective of what life was like in London--home of the "enemy" of the colonists--during this historic period, is also included. Various news of the day and many ads as well. Measures 8 1/2 by 1... See More
Item #200403THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1770 Among the articles in this issue are: "Difficulty of Explaining the Scripture" "Origin of Rhyming" "Reasons Against a New War" 'History & Antiquity of Berkley Castle" and so much more. Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news reports of the day. There is a bri... See More
Item #180120Moments in British History & Literature I - 1750s, 1760s, 1770s, and 1780s Each set contains 4 issues, one from each decade shown, providing news of the day, advertisements, etc., revealing a great snapshot of life as it was actually occurring. All issues are London Gazettes, London Chronicles, and Gentlemans Magazines. This is set 1 of a three part collection.
Item #180035A lot of ten engraved plates from "Gentleman's Magazine", London, all from the 1700's (though not dated). The lot may include foldouts, prints of buildings, diagrams, maps, etc. A few defects at the margins, some of the fold lines of multi-panel plates may be archivally mended from the reverse, but otherwise nice condition.
Item #180025COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, a lot of seven 2nd rate issues dating from 1795-1799. Various news of the day from this famous colonial town. This was arguably the most successful & well-known newspaper of in 18th century America.
Item #121116THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, 1777-1779 A fine newspaper from during the middle of the Revolutionary War with varied content, presenting an interesting perspective of what life was like in London--home of the "enemy" of the colonists--during this significant period. Various news of the day and many ads as well. Any war reports would be minor - or not present at all. The iss... See More
Item #120812THE LONDON MAGAZINE, London, November, 1766 The front page of this issue features a decorative engraving of the 18th century London skyline. Among the 40+ pages are various news reports of the day including an item on North America Trade and the Stamp Act & more. (see photos). Great reading. Nice condition, bit close-trimmed at the right margin, & measures about 5 by 8 in... See More
Item #120256THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1767
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Among the articles in this issue are: "Curious Observations on Spiders" "Thoughts On Original Sin" "Acts Relative to the Corn Trade" "An Exhortation to Gentlemen of Small Fortunes to Settle in East Florida" which takes over a full page; and more.
An article: "Description of... See More
Item #180121Moments in British History & Literature II 1790's, 1800's, 1810's, and 1820's. Each set contains 4 issues, one from each decade shown, providing news of the day, advertisements, etc., revealing a great snapshot of life as it was actually occurring. All issues are London Gazettes, London Chronicles, and Gentlemans Magazines. This is set 2 of a three part collection.
Item #180100A seven issue set of American newspapers containing one issue each from the administrations of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. This is set one of a 5 part collection.
Item #180059AN EARLY LOT--A lot of 5 issues of the Massachusetts Spy dated 1796-1799, but in average or better condition--not 2nd rate.
Item #180056AN EARLY LOT - Five issues of the Columbian Centinel newspaper dating from 1794 to 1799. Each issue is in nice condition (not 2nd-rate). Increasingly rare from the 18th century. News of the day & period ads.
Item #180039THE POST-BOY, London, 1720's (2nd-rate) A lot of 5 issues of this early title with the great masthead containing two engravings. Lightly inked or other minor problem causing them to be a bit '2nd rate'. Offered at a considerable discount. The generic photo shows what the newspaper looks like when in good condition.
Item #180023THE LONDON GAZETTE, a lot of 10 issues of this famous newspaper from the 1760's, all in good condition but a bit irregular at the spine. Great to have a colonial era perspective from England.
Item #180020GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London -- lot of 25 issues, all from the 1700's, varying years and decades, each issue complete with the full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. Nice condition. A larger quantity at a low, wholesale price. The images shown are representative of the look and condition of those you will receive. Actual dates vary.
Item #180019GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England A nice lot of eight issues, one from each decade from the 1730's thru 1809. A nice group of complete issues covering a period of 80 years, each with full title/contents page which features an engraving of St. John's Gate (see). Each issue is complete (often excluding plates - if called for) and in nice condition.
Item #121385THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1795 Among the articles within as noted in the title/index page are: "The Worship of Baal--A Biblical Critique" "Mansfield Church--Dr. Jeremy Taylor" "Hints Respecting the Culture of Potatoes" "Private Vices & Public Virtues Contrasted" " & more.
Near the back is a section of "Domestic Occ... See More
Item #121381THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1765 The front page of this issue has a nice masthead of St. John's Gate and contains news & stories from around the world during this very early time in history. This issue contains content, ads, and headlines which are not pictured, including: "Letter from Cambridge Univ. to Ld Hardwick and Anfwer", "Method to destroy Wasps... See More
Item #121160MEMOIRS OF LITERATURE, London, 1711 A very uncommon title from England, four pages with no news of the day but rather editorials and literature reviews. Nice condition, and a rare opportunity to add this title to an early newspaper collection.
Item #121156GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1789 Among the articles are one concerning "...the new grass brought from the banks of the Santee in South Carolina..." with details, and includes 2 illustrations on a full page plate; "Strictures on the Absurd Custom of Dueling" "Proposal for the Prevention of Dueling" and so much more. Near the back is news headed: &qu... See More
Item #121103THE SCOURGE, London, 1753. A very curious and uncommon newspaper from England done in the editorial format, popular with other titles at that time as well. Single column format with 6 pages and in great condition. An interesting title name for any newspaper collection! Note that the photo is "generic" and the issue you get will not have this specific date but will have the format as show... See More
Item #121101THE ANTI-JACOBIN or, WEEKLY EXAMINER, London, 1798. An uncommon newspaper published exclusively during the sitting of Parliament with many Parliamentary reports. Quarto-size, 8 pages, some light staining. Note that the photo is "generic" and the issue you get will not have this specific date but will have the format as shown. Measures about 12"x9".
Item #121100THE CONNOISSEUR, London, 1755. See the photo below for an example of this title from our archives. An uncommon and early title "By Mr. Town, Critic & Censor General" as noted in the masthead. Done in editorial format. Six pages, nice condition. Note that the photo is "generic" and the issue you get will not have this specific date but will have the format as shown. Measures... See More
Item #121099THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1790 Included is a: "Description of a Curious Portrait at Mavesyn Ridware" which is presumed to be Sir Francis Drake, and which includes a full page plate of him. Also: "Original Letter of Oliver Cromwell..." and so much more.
Included are the 3 full page plates called for.
Complete in 96 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full title/co... See More
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