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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.
November 13, 1792
THE MARYLAND JOURNAL & BALTIMORE ADVERTISER, Nov. 13, 1792
* Rare 18th century title
* Slavery advertisements
Various political & other reports of the day including over half a column of: "Proceedings of Congress". The bkpg. has no fewer than 8 runaway reward ads plus one headed: two Hundred Likely Virginia-born SLAVES for SALE" with details (see).
Four pages, ... See More
Item #650546THE POST-BOY, London, a four issue lot with dates of June 4, 6, 9, & 13, 1713
This four-issue set contains the entire Treaty between France and Portugal, which was conducted at Utrecht (see images for details).
Background: The Treaty of Utrecht was an historic agreement among various European powers, with France being the common party within the various agreements, concluded April 11,1713 at... See More
March 1, 1780
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, March, 1780 Near the back is: "American Intelligence" which contains various reports & letters concerning naval events in the Caribbean relating to the Revolutionary War.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 inches, nearly close-trimmed at the right margin of the title/contents page only, very nice condition. Lacking the plates called for.
Formatted ve... See More
September 1, 1774
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, September, 1774 Included is a: "Petition of the British Freeholders in Canada" for the appointment of a General Assembly. Near the back a report begins: "Gen. Carlton is said to be gone over to his government of Quebec with positive orders to embody 30,000 Roman catholic Canadians immediately, as a militia..." with more on this. News headed: ... See More
July 1, 1774
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, July, 1774
* Boston Port Bill reaction
* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
Among the articles is: "The Speech of Moses Bon Saam, a Free Negro, to the Revolted Slaves in ...the West Indies" which takes nearly 1 1/2 pages. Over 9 pages are taken up with reports of debates in Parliament.
There is a full page plate of: "Women at the Quern and the... See More
June 1, 1774
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, June, 1774 Articles include: "Some Observations on the Characters of the English in General, and the Lower People in Particular" "Thoughts on the Reformation" and so much more. Among "Review of New Publications" is: The Chains of Slavery" and; "A Speech Intended to have Been Spoken on the Bill for Altering the Charter of t... See More
Item #650411HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York, February, 1895 The article "French Fighters In Africa" contains eleven illustrations by Frederic Remington. Another article entitled "Down the West Coast" eight illustrations by W.A. Rogers. Additional articles, poems and illustrations are within.
Complete in 150+ pages, disbound, measures 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches and is in very n... See More
July 16, 1768
THE PUBLIC REGISTER: Or, FREEMAN'S JOURNAL, Dublin, Ireland, July 16, 1768
* Rare 18th century Irish newspaper
* Pre Revolutionary War era
An early newspaper from Ireland with various reports from throughout Europe. Four pages, handsome masthead, a bit of light damp staining, nice condition.... See More
June 29, 1779
THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 29, 1779 The bkpg. has most of a column taken up with: "Characters of Some of the Leading Men in the Present Rebellion, Continued" they including: "Thomas Johnson", governor of Maryland; "Daniel Dulany", Secretary of Maryland; "Patrick Henry" which mentions in part: "...He became very pop... See More
January 15, 1771
THE PUBLIC REGISTER: Or FREEMAN'S JOURNAL, Dublin Ireland, Jan. 15, 1771 Page 2 has a lengthy letter headed: "Abstract of a Letter from a Gentleman in St. Augustine, East Florida, to his Friend in this City..." (see for portions).
Four pages, damp stain to lower quadrant, a tear near the top affects a bit of the masthead, archival mend to the inside spine.
September 10, 1791
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 10, 1791
* 1st Census of the United States (results)
* 18th century original
Page 3 contains a rather small report under the heading: "The Number Of Souls" which reports the result of the first census ever taken in the United States, a result of the Act of Congress from 1790 which authorized it. A census has been conducted every ten years since t... See More
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
March 18, 1749
THE WESTMINSTER JOURNAL OR NEW WEEKLY MISCELLANY, London, March 18, 1748-9 (1749 by our calendar). Basically British reporting however one-third of the front page is taken up with discussion concerning fishing rights in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the vicinity. Also an item on the boundaries of Nova Scotia.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, some damp staining, nice red tax stamp on the ftpg., ... 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 #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 #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
February 15, 1752
GAZETA DE LISBOA, Lisbon, Portugal, February 15, 1752 A small-size newspaper of 8 pages, this being issue number 7. Presumably entirely in Portuguese. Measures 6 by 8 inches, very nice condition. Handsome engraving of a coat-off-arms on the front page.
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
September 1, 1778
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, September, 1778 Near the back are reports from the Revolutionary War including letters from on board the "Eagle" dated at Sandy Hook. Also a prefacing letter signed: H. Clinton, introducing a detailed letter from Major-General Robert Pigot on his actions at Newport, Rhode Island, followed by yet another detailed letter from him and then a letter from G... See More
May 1, 1778
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, May, 1778
* Revolutionary War Era
* 18th century
* From The Enemy
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... 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
July 1, 1775
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, July, 1775 Although there is other good American content here, near the back has a great account of the very historic Battle of Bunker Hill signed in type: Tho. Gage, which overshadows all else. This report takes nearly an entire page and begins: "I am to acquaint your Lordship of an action that happened on the 17th of June instant between his Majesty's... See More
April 1, 1775
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, April, 1775 Inside has 6 pages of debate concerning the creation of what would be the Administration of Justice Act, which was one of the "Intolerable" Acts so hated by the colonists. Terrific & very lengthy, detailed reporting, too much to show here.
This is followed by the: "House of Lords Protest" to this bill, taking over a full page... 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
* American Revolutionary War
* General George Washington
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 q... 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 #649234THE LONDON GAZETTE, a lot of ten issues of this famous newspaper covering at least 5 decades from the 1700's. All are in good condition. A nice way to gain Britain's perspective of world affairs from the 18th century.
Item #649233THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1750's A very early lot of five newspapers from Scotland, with news of the day. A great period set at a considerable discount from the regular per-issue price. Nice condition. The images shown are representative of the look and condition of those you will receive. Actual dates vary in the later 1750's.
Item #649232THE POST-BOY, London, 1720's A lot of five issues of this early & decorative title with which great masthead featuring two engravings (see). Offered at a substantial discount. Single sheet and in good condition.
THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, England, 1784 See the photo for the very nice & ornate lettering in the masthead, making this a displayable issue. This is a folio size newspaper of 4 pages which was never bound nor trimmed--difficult to find as such.... See More
Various news of the day & a wealth of ads, and a red-inked tax stamp at the bottom of the front page. Minor wear to the edges and li
Various news of the day & a wealth of ads, and a red-inked tax stamp at the bottom of the front page. Minor wear to the edges and li
Item #649224A 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 #649223THE REHEARSAL OF OBSERVATOR, London, England 1704-1706 A variant title --& earlier date--of the newspaper titled "The Rehearsal", and much less common. A single sheet newspaper printed on both sides measuring 8 by 13 inches. The image shown is only an example of the layout and condition of what you will receive. Actual issues vary within the specifications given.
Note: U... See More
Item #649222FOG'S WEEKLY JOURNAL, London, 1731 A quite rare title from England with a very early date and a partial red tax stamp in a lower corner of the front page. Various news of the day both from England and the rest of Europe.
Four pages, approximately 10 by 13 inches, a bit of foxing, overall very good. The image shown is only representative of the look (format) and condition of the issue you will... See More
Item #649221THE SPECTATOR, London, England, 1711-1712 One of the more famous of the early newspapers and by the famed Addison & Steele. Nice condition, some light browning. A single sheet issue measuring 8 by 11 1/2 inches.
Item #649216AN 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.
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