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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.
February 16, 1741
THE DUBLIN NEWS-LETTER, Ireland, Feb. 16, 1741 A very early newspaper from Ireland. A wealth of news reports with datelines fro throughout Europe including London and Dublin.
Four pages, archival repair at the blank spine, very nice condition.
January 27, 1746
A four page news sheet rather than a typical newspaper. This rare item is headed: "JOURNAL Du Siege de la Ville de Bruxelles, par Les Armes de France." translating to: "Journal of the Siege of the City of Brussels, by the Arms of France."
The text begins with the date: January 27, 1746. As a bit of history, Belgium ad been under Spanish rules from 1585 until early in the 1700&... See More
October 13, 1753
THE WESTMINSTER JOURNAL OR NEW WEEKLY MISCELLANY, London, Oct. 13, 1753 A rather rare title with basically British reporting with some news from elsewhere including a small report from Boston headed "Plantation News". Page 3 reports on "Robberies & Commitments" "Accidents" "Marriages" and "Deaths".
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, red ... See More
Item #650335THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1772 This issue contains a lengthy article titled: "Sketch for a Settlement on the Mississippi" (see for portions). A plate is called for however it is lacking.
This issue also includes a full page plate titled: "Hudson Bay Ptarmigan..." which shows two views of this bird (see images). There is also a related art... See More
Item #650332GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1776 The first article has five pages taken up with: "Debates in Parliament" which include much discussion on the situation in America.
This significant issue contains General Washington's actual correspondence with General Howe and Lord Drummond on the prospects of an early peace, which would mean the Americans would have to abandon... See More
Item #650331GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1796 Certainly the most notable content is the: "Interesting Intelligence from the American States" which takes over 3 pages of text. Over 2 pages of this text is taken up with George Washington's state-of-the-union address to the nation. It is dated at Philadelphia, Dec. 8 & is prefaced with: "This day, the President met both... See More
Item #650329THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1771 The opposite side of the title/contents page is entirely taken up with: "American Affairs", most dealing with a Resolution of a n assembly of the clergy at Williamsburg. Also datelined Williamsburg is an item concerning the damage to tobacco due to flooding, as well as a report from Boston and one from New York, the latter concerning ... See More
Item #650328THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1784
Among the articles are: "Ancient Customs Elucidated--The Feast of Yule" "History of the Race of Gypsies Further Illustrated" which takes nearly 3 pages; "An Account of the Experiments Made by the Aerostatic Machine of M.M. Montgolfier" the famous balloonist (see); and more.
There is over half a page on the Q... See More
Item #650325THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1732 The first 29 pages are taken up with: "A View of the Weekly disputes & Essays in This Month" which has various reports from the many newspapers in England including the Daily Courant, Universal Spectator, Applebee's Journal, Weekly Register, London Journal, Fog's Journal, The Craftsman, The Free Briton, and mo... See More
Item #650324THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1735 Without a doubt, the most noteworthy item is the text the speech made by Moses Bon Saam, a free negro from Jamaica, which takes about 3 columns (see images). More can be discovered regarding this speech at: Moses Bon Saam.
A quite comical article is in regards to the benefits of flogging: "A New Dissertation on Flogging", which... See More
Item #650319THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1737 Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Some regular Troops necessary in a free Government against Civil Insurrections" "Tumults, How Best Suppressed" "Arbitrary Power the Consequence of Popery and the Jacobite Scheme" and more.
Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle"... See More
July 29, 1774
NOUVELLES EXTDRAORDINAIRES DE DIVERS ENDROITS [Extraordinary News From Various Places], Leide, The Netherlands, July 29, 1774
* Rare 18th century title
Although in French it was not printed in France but rather at Leide (now Leiden), Holland by French refugee Etienne Luzac. It was a successful newspaper and boasted a sizable readership in America.
Complete in 8 pages which includes th... See More
Item #650315SUPPLEMENT TO THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE FOR THE YEAR 1742, London, England. This "Supplement" issue was published at the end of the year. Within this issue is a great article titled: "The Spanish Invasion of Georgia" which takes 5 pages, and includes a small map which shows the various islands off the coast of Georgia, including Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island (see ). Th... See More
Item #650314THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1754 Included within is an article: "New Invented Sea-gage Described" which includes a half page illustration (see). Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news of the day including some items under the heading "America". they include report relating to the French & Indian War such as: &quo... See More
Item #650312GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1760 Among the articles in this issue are: "Scheme for Widening the Narrow Streets in London" "Charge Against Gen. T--sh--d for his Conduct at Quebec" which takes over 3 pages (see for beginning); "The Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Accession" "History of the London Brewery" "Queries Concerning the... See More
Item #650311THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1767 Among the articles within are: "Observations on the American Locust" which takes nearly two pages and includes three illustrations of them (see); "Journey to the Written Mountains" includes a foldout plate showing the inscriptions there, near the Red Sea (see), measuring 8 by 10 1/2 inches; "Acts for the Preservation... See More
Item #650310THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1767 There is a very curious full page plate which accompanies the article: "An Account of the Asiatic Animal Called Syah Ghush..." (see images).
A very nice article on: "Lord Ca--d-n's Speech on the Declaratory Bill of the Sovereignty of Great Britain over the Colonies" which includes: "...more & more conv... See More
Item #650302GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1783 Near the beginning are 15 pages of: "Summary Proceedings in the Third Session of the Present Parliament" which include some discussions concerning America. Another article is concerning Yankee Doodle, or more particularly is information on the presumed author of the famous tune (questionable) who had recently died. It notes: "Your ... See More
March 19, 1751
ORDINARIA RELATIONIS DIARIE CONINUATIO, Colonie Agrippinea, March 19, 1751 In 50 A.D. Roman emperor Claudius planted a colony on the left bank of the Rhine River. At the request of his wife he named it "Colonia Agrippina", which later became Cologne, Germany.
All four pages appear to be in Latin. Never bound nor trimmed with wide margins, 6 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches, a few period notati... See More
August 9, 1718
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, August 9, 1718
* Early 18th century
This issue is 300 years old. Various news from London and other parts of Europe and more. This title is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the world which began in 1665 and is still in existence today. Also with some interesting advertisements as well.
A complete single sheet newspaper measuring about 7 by... See More
May 1, 1778
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, May, 1778 There is much on discussions in Parliament, one bit including: "...With regard to the American independency, if the Americans could be persuaded to give up the idea, he would be one of the first to vote for retaining them dependent on the sovereignty of Great Britain; but as he was confined they would not, he was anxious to keep them as alli... See More
January 1, 1778
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1778 Over 2 pages are taken up with a: "Dialogue Between an Englishman and an American Descendant from English Ancestors" (see for portions). Over 2 pages near the back has: "American Affairs" which includes a report from Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Howe on the state of the navy in American waters, written from on board his ship... See More
August 5, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 5, 1783
* North Carolina pardons post Independence invaders
* American Revolutionary War ending events
Page 4 has a full column taken up with: "An ACT of Pardon and Oblivion by the State of North Carolina". It notes in part: "...for past offences...in the course of the late unhappy war have become liable to great pains and penalties f... See More
Item #650066THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1768 Among the items in this issue are: "Ancient Temple at Winterborn Abbey" which includes an illustration; "On the Different Positions of the Great Occipital Aperture in man and Diverse Animals"; and much more. Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news reports of the day & which inclu... See More
January 1, 1775
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1775 Within the issue: "Resolutions of the Freeholders of Baltimore County" which includes: "Resolved...that the town of Boston is now suffering in the common cause of America & that it is the duty o every colony in America to unite in the most effectual means to obtain a repeal of the late act of parliament for 'blocking up ... See More
October 9, 1781
A genuine Revolutionary War pay document from the State of Connecticut in the year of 1781. Fascinating document for providing pay to soldiers through the Deputy Quarter Master of the Military for the State Of Connecticut. This document contains two signatures, is dated December 26, 1781 and is written out for "Six Pounds" Measurement is approx. 4 by 6 inches. Minor wear, nice condi... See More
Wealth of great content on the purpose of Gage in America & the growing troubles between England & the colonies...
March 9, 1775
POSTSCRIPT EXTRA TO THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL, (Philadelphia), Mar. 9, 1775
* Prelude to Revolutionary War
A great single sheet "Extra" which contains a wealth of notable news from both America and England on the on-going troubles between America and England including prophetic comments inferring to a coming war.
The front page has an interesting report from the House of Comm... See More
November 30, 1774
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, November 30, 1774 If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption. The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of this newspaper, shows a snake cut into various pieces, each with a... See More
September 30, 1736
THE OLD WHIG, OR THE CONSISTENT PROTESTANT, London, September 30, 1736 This is a very rare title, and early as well for a folio-size newspaper (measures 9 1/2 by 14 1/4 in.).
This title only published for 4 years. A few essays plus news of the day including an article on the arts within the Salon of Herculus. Also is the reporting of the Majesty's Proclamation for the persons conc... See More
May 25, 1713
THE EXAMINER, London, May 25, 1713 This editorial-format newspaper was edited by the famed Jonathan Swift at this time (of Gulliver's Travels fame), and was created by the Tories to counter the press of the Whig government.
Single sheet, 8 by 13 inches, text is a bit lopsided, otherwise nice.
February 15, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, February 15, 1783
* End of Revolutionary War
* King George III proclamation
* The cessation of hostilities
Certainly the prime--and very historic--content takes over one-third of the back page, headed: "By the KING, A PROCLAMATION Declaring the Cessation of Arms, as well by sea as land, Agreed Upon Between his Majesty's the most Christian King... See More
January 14, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, January 14, 1783 Page 2 has reports of continuing skirmishing in the war with: "...a vessel having arrived at New York...The French fleet remained at Boston & Portsmouth without shewing the least disposition to leave those places & the American and French troops were gone into winter quarters...brought word of an attack made by a considerable body ... See More
January 11, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 11, 1783 Page 2 has an interesting bit: "The latest account from Philadelphia mention that the idea of admitting the colony of Vermont as a fourteenth state had been revived, and was then agitating in Congress." Vermont would become the 14th state but not until 1791. This is followed by other news concerning completing the treaty of peace to end ... See More
August 12, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, August 12, 1783
* General George Washington
* Announces his resignation (circular letter)
* Commander-in-chief - Continental Army
Under the heading: "American News" on page 6 and concluding on page 8 is the complete printing of "A Circular Letter from his Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of Ame... See More
February 16, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, February 16, 1768 As inside report, "An account of the Great Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the 10th of October, 1767...", which provides considerable details of the great eruption of 1768. Other articles include reports from New York, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Boston (see images).
Complete in 8 pages, 9 by 12 inches, only minor rubbing, nice condition.... See More
Item #649328THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1768
* Charting North America
Within an article on "Ship News" is a report noting in part: "...A great number of our ships having been lately cast away on the coast of North America where there are many rocks & shoals not sufficiently known...the Hillsborough has been completely fitted with all necessaries for taking a ... See More
Item #649143THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1736 Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. One of the items here is headed:
"Extract of a Letter from S. Carolina" which talks of military events in the New Orleans vicinity (see photos), which ends with: "...the other French party is also cu... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1751 This issue has the continuing story of the Crusades, with: "Of the Holy War" & "Saladin's Death & Character--A New Crusade". There is also a brief report of the marriage of the Rev. John Wesley: "Rev. Mr. John Wesley, methodist preacher, to a merchant's widow in Threadneedle Street... See More
Item #649136THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1752 Inside has a terrific account of a legendary event in history--the famous kite experiment conducted by Benjamin Franklin. Note there is even mention of Franklin's name on the title page (see photos).
The article, datelined "Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1752", begins by mentioning the reports about kite experiments, especially... See More
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1756 The most significant item in this issue is: "His Majesty's Declaration of War Against the French King" which was the official beginning of the French & Indian War. This text takes just over a fullpg. (see) This is a very significant document, being the first in a series of American war declaration issues which would include the... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770 Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it (see). A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squa... See More
July 1, 1786
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1786 Two pages are taken up with: "The Internal State of America, being a True Description of the Interest & Policy of that Vast Continent, by His Excellency Dr. Benj. Franklin, President of the State of Pennsylvania."
Both plates called for are present, one being a nice foldout map titled: "Chart of the Course of the Don and th... See More
Item #649125THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1782 The issue begins with 7 pages of "Proceedings In Parliament" which includes mention of the war with America: "...in changing the mode of the American war all the King's servants were united; but he repeated a declaration which he had formerly made, that he never would be the minister that would sign any instrument which shoul... See More
December 1, 1789
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1789 Among the articles are: "Columbus's Discovery of America Questioned", description of Kilmey Bay in Ireland which includes a very nice full page plate of it. Also a chart showing the: "Pedigree of Sir Isaac Newton", "Reflections on the Laws Concerning Suicide" "Review of the Proceedings in the Council ... See More
June 1, 1789
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1789 Among the articles are: "Extract from a Sermon at Bristol on the Slave Trade" "Description of a Tour Through the West of England" and so much more. But the best content is news headed: "America" which reports from Philadelphia: "...his Excellency George Washington, the President Elect of the United States, arrive... See More
Item #648919THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Nov., 1777 The first article is: "Debate in the House of Lords...Relative to the American War" taking over 4 pages & continued from a previous issue (see for portions). Further on is an interesting article: "Political Character of the Americans" which begins: "The people of America, with respect to their political characters,... See More
April 26, 1715
THE POST BOY, London, April 26, 1715 This is one of our favorite early newspapers as it is single sheet, small folio size, and has two great engravings in the masthead making it very nice for display (see photos). The front page has various reports from throughout Europe while the entire back page is taken up with ads.
Measures 8 1/4 by 13 3/4 inches. Terrific condition. You will not be dis... See More
Item #648917THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1762 Perhaps the most significant content is the full text of the: "Preliminary Articles of Peace..." signed at Fontainebleau, Nov. 3, 1762, among England, France & Spain, which would set the stage for the formal Treaty of Paris that would end the Seven Years' War (French & Indian War for that portion fought in the America... See More
January 9, 1768
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, January 9, 1768 The previous issue included a warning on the front page making clear the penalties for Artificers and Merchants seeking cheaper labor, products, and materials from foreign locations outside the umbrella of The Kingdom - making it infinitely more difficult for those Artificers and Merchants following the regulations and laws of the land to be compe... See More
January 21, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 21, 1768 The front page has reports from America - two from Boston and another from Providence, Rhode Island. One of the former gives details of an unusual encounter with a great whale, and the latter briefly mentions the distress that merchants are experiencing due to the importation of goods and the additional burdens which have been placed upon them. Page 6 h... See More
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