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January 1, 1641
EXTRAORDINAIRE, Paris, France, February 15, 1641 with the date at the top in Roman numerals but then also dated at the bottom of the back page: "15 Fevrier, 1641". This "extraordinary" issue was done for a singular purpose, as defines most "extraordinaries" produced since then. The headings at the top of the front page roughly translate to: "Concerning the affair... See More
September 20, 1666
THE LONDON GAZETTE , England, Sept. 20, 1666 The front page has mention of the Great Plague which ravaged Europe at this time, reporting: "The Plague is very hot at Dunkirk & Bergue in which last place, the governor of the Fort St. Louis is dead & the Baron d'Arnicourt fallen sick." The back page has a rare mention of the Great Fire of London noting: "This day was presen... See More
October 27, 1670
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Oct. 27, 1670 The front page includes an item from Rome: "The Pope seems much concerned that after all his care for the reestablishment of the Mount of Piety, few persons will be perswaded to adventure to take up moneys from them, but rather apply themselves to the Jews, who furnish them at a far greater interest. This week a congregation was held upon this ... See More
April 17, 1679
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, April 17, 1679 The front page has a report from Madrid with Judaica reference: "...from the Pope, requiring him to send some of the processes made by the Inquisition against the Jews to Rome, that so the Pope might see their manner of proceedings declaring them if in ten days time he did not deliver them to the Nuncio, that he should be ipso facto suspected ... See More
June 4, 1680
THE WEEKLY PACQUET OF ADVICE FROM ROME: OR, THE HISTORY OF POPERY, London, June 4, 1680 An unusual anti-Catholic newspaper which has a short life before being suppressed. The theme of this issue is a harsh one: "The Life of Pope Silvester the Conjurer, and Several other Succeeding Popes who got the Chair by Magick and confederacy with the Devil."
Attached at the back is a single s... See More
February 11, 1693
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Feb. 11, 1693 The back page has an advertisement for the book "The Second Edition of the late TRYALS of several WITCHES in New-England. Written by Cotton Mather, and Published by the Special Command of the Governour." (see)
This is the only periodical (similar ad appeared in multiple issues) we have ever seen with any reference to the famous wit... See More
July 1, 1697
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, July 1, 1697 The bkpg. has a report noting: "...arrived in this port 7 merchant ships from Barbadoes and 3 from Virginia who were separated from the fleet in the lat. of 45..." And the next item mentions: "...The Virginia fleet will sail with the first fair wind for the Downes under convoy of divers men of war."
Complete as a single sheet is... See More
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 #120190THE 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 about 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.
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September 25, 1708
Here is a very rare broadside on the siege of Lisle (or Lille) in 1708, with the heading reading: "Earlly this Morning Came in a Mail from Holland, which brought the following Advices." above which would be the dateline, reading "Whitehall, September 25, 1708" however over half of this is trimmed off (see). This was a pivotal battle in the 1708 campaign of the War of Spanish Su... See More
Item #120488THE 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.
July 1, 1713
THE EXAMINER, London, 1713 This editorial-format newspaper was edited by the famed Jonathan Swift at this time (of Gulliver's Travels fame), It promoted a Tory perspective on British politics, at a time when Queen Anne had replaced Whig ministers with Tories.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper as was typical of the day, 7 1/2 by 13 inches, nice condition.
May 12, 1715
THE POST BOY, London Here is an interesting set of five different issues dating from 1706, 1715, 1719, 1729 and 1734. As was often the case newspapers which existed over 30 years the masthead would often change, sometimes subtly. Here is a set with each masthead being slightly different, the earliest 2 with two engravings each, all differently slightly, and the last without any masthead engr... See More
August 29, 1717
THE EVENING POST, London, Aug. 29, 1717 This was the newspaper upon which the word "evening" first appeared in any newspaper title when it began in 1706. A very handsome issue which has a very interesting & unusual format. Much news from Europe on pages 1 and 2, with half of page 3 being blank, with a nice rd tax stamp, and over half of the back page blank.
Four pages, n... See More
September 27, 1718
THE FLYING-POST: OR, THE POST-MASTER, London, Sept. 27, 1718 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 relative few in the past 40 years.
Much of the issue is taken up with a list of concerns of the "...Sub-G... See More
Item #559396THE 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.
Item #120257FOG'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
February 8, 1739
THE WARWICK & STAFFORDSHIRE JOURNAL WITH THE HISTORY OF THE HOLY BIBLE, London, March 30, 1737 This is a title I have never seen before prior to acquiring 8 or 9 issues and is quite rare as such, not to mention an early date. Records show this title only lasted from late 1737 to mid-1739. Pages 2 and 3 are entirely taken up with various reports from "London".
A four page... See More
April 10, 1739
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 10, 1739 Page 3 has an item: "Yesterday the magistrates past sentence on the fellow, who was last week convicted of raising the dead bodies, & condemned him to be publickly whipt on the 20th inst. by the hands of the common hangman...".
Four pages, 8 1/2 by 10 3/4 inches, nice full red tax stamp on the ftpg., wide never-trimmed margin... See More
Item #559498THE 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.
March 8, 1753
THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, March 8, 1753 This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.
The imprint appears at the bottom of the back page, noting: "New York: Printed by J. Parker at the New Printing Office in B... See More
Item #644735THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1757 Inside has is a quite lengthy article titled: "An Historical Account of American Affairs during the Two last years, with a particular journal of the Siege & Surrender of Oswego" with this text taking over six pages. This text also includes a report headed "Account of the Surrender of Fort Granville". Included as wel... See More
October 20, 1759
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 20, 1759 Page 6 has the: "Abridgment of the Placart Published by Gen. Wolfe...on His Arrival in the River St. Lawrence, 1759" containing in part: "The King justly exasperated against France, has set on foot a considerable armament by land and sea, to bring down the naughtiness of that Crown... The Canadians cannot be ignorant of their situat... See More
Item #559414THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1760'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 1760's.
Item #562418THE LONDON CHRONICLE. A collection of ten issues, one from each year 1763 thru 1772, crossing the critical period from the just prior to the Stamp Act to just before the outbreak of the pre-Revolutionary War tensions. Each 8 pages & in nice condition.
January 3, 1765
PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, January 3, 1765 This is perhaps one of the most famous newspapers of the colonial era, almost entirely because it was printed by the partnership of Franklin & Hall as indicated by the imprint at the bottom of the back page which lists him by name, and identifies him as the Postmaster as well: "Printed by B. FRANKLIN, Post-Master, and D. HALL, at the New-Printing-Offi... See More
February 25, 1765
LLOYD'S EVENING POST, London, Feb. 25, 1765 The front page begins with a report headed: "America - Boston (New England)" concerning the loss of a ship in a storm. A brief item begins: "They write from Prague that Nowel Naski, the most learned Jew in that city, has abjured Judaism & was baptized...".
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, very nice condition.... See More
Item #644747THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1765 Certainly the most notable content is the report: "By the act for laying a stamp duty on printed news papers, deeds, and parchments in America, the respective duties on each are the same as in Great Britain, the monies arising therefrom to be applied towards the necessary defense of the colonies." which was the British justification ... See More
July 11, 1765
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 11, 1765 Page 2 has a letter from Quebec telling of the activities there, noting: "...We have had balls, assemblies, etc. in town; sleighing, bear-hunting & fishing in the country...General Murray intends to establish a playhouse..." with more (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/4 inches, nice condition.
Item #640281THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1766 The first article in the issue is: "A Summary of the Arguments Against Repealing the Stamp Act", which was such a divisive issue both in England and the American colonies. This article takes 2 1/2 pages and contains some interesting read (see for portions).
As an interesting response to the above, by far the most significant conten... See More
Item #644736THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1766 One of the better items is a letter: "...from the Principal Merchants in London trading to the Colonies, to John Hancock, Esq., and the rest of the Merchants in Boston, on the Repeal of the Stamp Act" which has some great reading. This letter takes a full page (see for most).
Other articles within include: "An Account of a... See More
February 24, 1772
THE BOSTON GAZETTE & COUNTRY JOURNAL, Feb. 24, 1772 The prime features of this issue is the engraving in the masthead. Not only is it a nice political statement--showing the dove of peace being set free from its "cage" by the Liberty figure with the skyline of Boston in the background--but it was engraved by Paul Revere.
Nearly two-thirds of the front page is taken up with a g... See More
Item #648275GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May 1773 Certainly the most significant item in this issue is the great article: "Some Account of Phillis, a Learned Negro Girl" which is a letter to the publisher stating: "Proposals have just been published for printing by subscription, some poems written by Phillis, a negro servant of Mr. Wheatley, of Boston, in New England, the following a... See More
December 31, 1774
"THE ANNUAL REGISTER, Or A View of the History, Politics & Literature, For the Year 1774" The "Annual Register" was created in London in 1758 by the publishers James and Robert Dodsley, conceived as an annual publication which would review the history, politics and literature of the day. They employed Edmund Burke to do much of the writing. By the 1760s The Annu... See More
Item #642195THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1775 Certainly a prime feature of this issue is the very nice foldout map headed: "A Map of 100 Miles Round Boston" showing just that with much detail (see). This map measures about 9 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, with a bit of toning and small bit oftypical ink off-setting from having been folded against itself for 240 years. Otherwise the... See More
June 20, 1775
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 20, 1775 The back page has a letter which describes the first shots of the Revolutionary War as the British marched from Boston towards Concord to destroy a colonial arms depot. Text includes: "...the late engagement between the King's troops and the provincials, a brigade of about 850 or 900 men marched from Boston on the night after the 18th of ... See More
August 9, 1775
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, Aug. 9, 1775 A great issue on several accounts. Page 2 has a report which reports the Battle of Lexington & Concord, noting: "..from New York...and has brought papers dated the 25th of April last, which mention an engagement having happened on the 19th of the same month with the Bostonians, who killed & wounded 160 of the regulars; a... See More
November 4, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1775 Pages 1, 2, and 3 contains a series of letters to and from Governor Thomas Gage, who had recently been recalled to England, giving up his command of British forces in America to Gen. Howe. Each is signed by him in type, and one--which appears on the front page--gives a warning to his people with his closing remark: "...hope th... See More
March 9, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, March 9, 1776 This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.
Over half of the front page is taken up with: "The following rules for establishing a Society for Relieving the Distresses of Prisoners...". Page 2 has reports fro... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1776 The prime feature of this issue is the great map showing all of the western hemisphere titled: "A New Projection of the Western Hemisphere of the Earth on a Plane shewing the proportions of its several parts nearly as on a Globe, By J. Hardy, at Eton College." The map is dated at the bottom: "by F. Newbery, Ludgat... See More
July 6, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 4 to July 6, 1776 Part of the magic of this issue is the date. All issues of the Chronicle (and many other titles of the period) were double-dated, with the date span of news the issue covered. This title was published 3 times a week and the dateline reads: "...July 4, to Saturday, July 6, 1776". It is always exceedingly desirable to have a newsp... See More
Item #642185GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Oct., 1776 This issue is filled with a great wealth of notable content concerning the Revolutionary War, however the prime piece here is the nice foldout map titled: "Sketch of the Country Illustrating the late Engagement in Long Island". The map measures 9 by 13 inches & shows the region from Amboy in New Jersey to "Hamsted Plains" a... See More
November 26, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 26, 1776 Page 6 has a letter dated Sept. 23 from New York which includes an exceedingly significant report. The report includes: "...Yesterday we hanged an officer of the Provincials who came as a spy...". Noting that this letter is dated "From New York Island, Sept. 23", and with the records verifying that Nathan Hale was hanged on Sep... See More
March 18, 1777
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 18, 1777 Page 2 has a nice letter on board a British ship to a friend, datelined from New York, Jan. 4, 1777, which is mostly about shipping issues and includes: "...the 14th took a french snow loaded with wine, sugar & field pieces for the Rebels; she sailed from Hispaniola for Philadelphia...a brig from Hispaniola to Philadelphia loaded with... See More
April 10, 1777
Colonial currency: Pennsylvania, three pence note dated April 10, 1777. A decorative border plus an engraving of the Penna. coat-of-arms along with the text. The reverse has: "To counterfeit is DEATH" along with "Three Pence, Philadelphia, printed by John Dunlap" and the year 1777. John Dunlap was also the printer of the Declaration of Independence. One signature, measure... See More
August 18, 1777
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 18, 1777 Page 2 has a few items on the Revolutionary War including: "...advice...of Ticonderoga being in the possession of the King's troops & that Gen. Burgoyne's army was then marching to join Gen. Howe." and: "...that the entire conquest of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts's Bay is to prece... See More
March 2, 1778
EXTRA SUPPLEMENT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, March 2, 1778 This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
An unusual "Extra" edition, with the entire front page taken up with a report from the "House of Lords" concerning the American Revolutionary War, bits i... See More
Item #644737THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1778 Over four pages are taken up with: "As it has been a Doubt by whom the Expedition by the Lakes was plann'd, the following Thoughts for Conducting the War from the Side of Canada will serve in a great Measure to explain that Mystery", which is signed in type by: J. Burgoyne. Some great reading on Burgoyne's plan to conquer th... See More
Item #644740THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1778 The first article is a "...Debate...on Enquiry into the State of the Nation..." continued from a previous issue and has much on the Revolutionary War, including: "...that with equal force General Washington could not stand before the British troops, who were at this day perhaps the bravest in the world...General Washington's... See More
August 26, 1779
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, August 26, 1779 A nice feature of the masthead is a great engraving taken after one done earlier by Paul Revere, showing a patriot soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll reading "Independence" in the other (see).
The ftpg. is taken up with a fine account of the Battle of Grenada from during the Revolutionary ... See More
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