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June 28, 1686
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 28, 1686 The back page has amongst its "Advertisements" a reward for a runaway: "...Black Boy about 15 or 16 years of age, in light coloured cloth cloaths, lined with black satin...a scar in his head lately broken...shall have 20 s. reward." (see). This is one of the earliest runaway slave ads to be seen in any newspaper.
Complete as a s... See More
Item #605913THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, September, 1738 A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine 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 19... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1739 Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Conclusion of the Case of Martin Guerre" "Beasts Probably Spoke Before the Fall" "A Private Conversation of Mr. Whitefield" "Searching the British Ships not given up by Spain" "Sentiments of an American Savage Concerning Matrimony" (see... See More
April 17, 1740
THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, "New England", April 10-17, 1740 This very rare title was the first successful newspaper in the colonies, having begun in 1704 and lasting until the British occupation of Boston in 1776. It was only preceded by "Public Occurrances Both Foreign and Domestick" which published just a single issue in 1690 before being suppressed & dest... See More
Item #216784THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1740 One of the prime features of this issue is the nice foldout map titled: "An Exact Draught of the Castle of San Lorenzo & Village & River of Chagre..." which is in present-day Panama (see photos). There is also a related article on this as well. This foldout map measures about 6 1/2 by 8 inches, is in excellent condition.
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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1740 Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the terrific foldout map titled: "A New Map or Chart of the Western or Atlantic Ocean, with part of Europe, Africa, and America: Shewing the Course of the Galleons, Flota etc. to and from the West Indies." This map shows the majority of the Atlantic Ocean as well as all of England, Spai... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, August, 1741 Within this issue is an article: "Of the Office of Auditor of the Revenue in America" which includes: "I am a native of New England & having read in your paper...The state of importance of the American colonies is so little understood or regarded...it would be better for England if all the Plantations were at t... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, June, 1750 This issue features a full page plate of two Africans, one of whom, named Job, spent some time in Maryland as a slave, as noted in a brief article which includes: "...he was seized & carried to Joar where he was sold to Capt. Pyke, who...carried him to Maryland and sold him to a planter. Here Job lived about a year without... See More
Item #585531GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1760
* Battle of Quebec
* Map of the war in Germany
* French and Indian War
A feature of this issue is the "French Account of the Raising the Siege of Quebec" which takes over half a page (see for portions). There is also: "A Description of a Water Mill of a New Construction..." for grinding sugar cane in Jamaica, which in... See More
February 18, 1764
THE LONDON CHRONICLE: OR, UNIVERSAL EVENING POST, London, February 18, 1764 This carries an interesting article on "The manner of catching Bears at Kamtschatka" which is a peninsula in Russian Far East. "Bears and wolves are so numerous, that they fill the woods and fields like cattle... The bears of Kamtschatka are neither large nor fierce, and never fall upon people, unless ... See More
April 17, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, AND UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 17, 1769 Inside has the lengthy conclusion of the "Case of Great-Britain and America, addressed to the King, and both Houses Of Parliament", which begins: "In order that taxation and representation may not be united, in America, the adversaries of America deny that they were united, in Britain." wit... See More
May 8, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, Philadelphia, May 8, 1769
* Trouble is brewing between America and England
* Pre Revolutionary War
An inside page has a letter which talks of concerns about relations with America. Included is a mention of the East India Company, a report from the Clergy and Freeholders of the County of Middlesex, with block signature of John Wilkes, and a lengthy report ou... See More
September 18, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, AND UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 18, 1769 A notable title from the colonial period, that has an ornate royal coat of arms engraving in the masthead. Inside has an item beginning: "When the celebrated Mr. Franklin traveled through part of Scotland some years ago, attended by a negro servant, the fellow, who estimated the value of land...... See More
September 28, 1769
SUPPLEMENT TO THE MASSACHUSETTS GAZETTE & BOSTON NEWS-LETTER, Sept. 28, 1769 The front page has a letter to General Paoli followed by: "Paoli's Speech" . Also a small item noting: "It is said that the gentlemen agents for the American colonies who attended the Board of Trade yesterday, received some agreeable accounts relative to the conciliating measures now adopted r... See More
December 23, 1775
PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Dec. 23, 1775 Front page report mentions the meeting of a Provincial Congress in Charlestown, South Carolina. Interesting ftpg. letter concerning a runaway slave on board a British ship. Pg. 2 has political reports from New York & Philadelphia, including mention that: "...pursue every measure which the Congress may recommend to them a... See More
October 19, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1776
* Invasion of Quebec
* Guy Carleton counteroffensive
All of the front page is taken up with a satirical political debate headed: "Orator Puff and John, his Friend, over a bottle of Madeira".
Page 2 has an item from London noting: "The last dispatches from Gen. Howe contained pressing demands for regular supplie... See More
January 7, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 7, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
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. Rarely found today.
All of the front page is taken up with advertisem... See More
April 15, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 15, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
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.
The front page is entirely taken up with ads including one for a man wh... See More
May 8, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 8, 1779
* Great masthead engraving for display
* Rare Revolutionary War title
The front page has an "Act" and "A Supplement to an Act", passed by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, each signed in type: John Bayard & John Morris.
Page 2 has three letters that appeared in London papers, each discu... See More
January 6, 1780
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 6, 1780 A famous title that has very ornate lettering and an engraving of a ship in the masthead. Notable content includes, on the ftpg: "A Third ESSAY on FREE TRADE and FINANCES , humbly offered to the consideration of the Public. By a CITIZEN OF Philadelphia". It continues on pg. 2 and is to be concluded in a futur... See More
July 25, 1780
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, AND THE WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, July 25, 1780 On the front page under "In Congress" is a resolution "...discharging or continuing the Loans that have been to these United States, on Loan Office Certificates...", signed in type: Charles Thomson.
A pg. 2 report from "Philadelphia" states, in part: "...we learn, that the Frenc... See More
September 2, 1780
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 2, 1780
* Revolutionary War
* Great masthead
The front page has: "A Short Vindication of the Religious Society Called Quakers, against the aspersions of a nameless writer in the Pennsylvania Packet of the 12th instant", signed in type: John Drinker. Also: "Doctor Morgan's Appeal to the Free Citi... See More
Item #623520GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1780 Inside has a lengthy & very detailed letter from Lord Cornwallis to Lord Germain on the battle of Camden, S.C., which begins: "It is with great pleasure that I communicate to your lordship an account of the...victory obtained on the 16th inst. by his Majesty's troops under my command over the rebels of the southern army, commanded ... See More
January 21, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, London, January 21, 1783 The second column on page 67 reports George Barrington being given ten (10) days to quit the kingdom. The back page also has a report containing Captain Bligh content. Also included on page 71 is an article in reference to an asylum for female orphans. (see images)
This is complete in 8 pages, has rubbing on the front page which does cause a sm... See More
February 1, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia February 1, 1783
* Nice masthead
* Rare title
The front page is entirely taken up with ads including an: "Eight Dollars Reward" ad for "...a likely Negro Wench..." with details, and a "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway "...Negro Man named Adam...".
Page 2 has a small bit noting: "From the known p... See More
Item #641389THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1784
* Pre-United States Constitution concerns
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)... See More
First balloon flight across the Channel... Life of Capt. Cook... Freedom for slaves in Pennsylvania...
January 1, 1785
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1785
* Jean-Pierre Blanchard
* French ballooning pioneer
* 1st English Channel crossing
Inside has an article: "Antiquities & Present State of the City of Bolgari" which includes a full page plate of some ruins, etc. (see). Other items include: "Letter from Christopher Columbus to the King of Spain" dated at Jamai... See More
March 1, 1785
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, March 1, 1785 The third column on page 202 contains the report of George Barrington stealing a watch at the Pit-door of Drury Lane Theatre (see background below).
Page 202 also contains news regarding aeronauts John Jeffries and Jean Pierre Blanchard (balloonists).
Complete in 8 pages,nearly full red ink tax stamp, and is in nice condition.
Background (source - Wikip... See More
November 7, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 7, 1787 Page 2 has a letter from New York concerning thoughts on the Constitution, including: "...by the convention of some of our most able & patriotic citizens, men who only, in this constitution, can possibly have but the honor & glory of their country at heart. I admit that individuals, & perhaps some of the ... See More
January 1, 1788
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1788 Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Remarks on the Descriptions of the Pyramids of Egypt" which is very early on the exploration of the pyramids. King Tut's tomb was not breached until the 1920's. Included is a nice foldout plate with 5 views of it, which of which show interior chambers (see images). There is a "Let... See More
Item #612207GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1788
* Benjamin Franklin on water spouts
* Post Revolutionary War era
Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work (see for portions). This article takes 2 1/2 pages and one of the plates includes prints of various water spouts (see).... See More
Item #616989THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1788 The most notable content in this issue would be the full page plate which includes four images, one of which is a small print of the medal to slavery, titled: "Am I Not A Man And A Brother?"(see) which shows a slave with his hands in chains. This is a print of what is considered the most noteworthy abolitionist/anti-slavery 18th cen... See More
Item #643445THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, April, 1788 Within this issue is a report concerning Commodore Phillips at Botany Bay reading: "The Botany fleet arrived at the Cape on the 13th of October, after a passage from Rio de Janeiro of only five weeks & four days. Commodore Phillips, after supplying the ships with sea stores, means to purchase live stock of every kind the country affor... See More
April 16, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 16, 1788
* United States Constitution
* Rhode Island remains out of Congress
Page 3 has an item concerning Shays' Rebellion: "The reward offered by government for apprehending Shays, Day, Wheeler, and Parsons, by the resolution of Feb. 8th, 1787 is repealed...". Page 3 also has a report from Rhode Island con... See More
May 15, 1788
THE PENNSYLVANIA MERCURY & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 15, 1788
* United States Constitution
* States consider adoption
Page 2 has a continued article titled: "Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade" which takes 3 columns. The back page has reports which include: "The elections for the state of New York...impossible to ascertain the list of the members fo... See More
May 26, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 26, 1788
* United States Constitution
* Rhode Island considers
Page 3 has a report from Rhode Island which includes commentary concerning the proposed Constitution including: "Apprehensive of a ratification of the new constitution, men of tried antifederalism are advanced to the command of forts & of the militia; w... See More
July 5, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 5, 1788 Inside is mostly taken up with European reports save for a report from Congress of June 23, 1788. The back page is filled with ads including: "To be Sold into the Country, For Five Years, A NEGRO MAN..." and: "Sixteen Dollars Reward" for a runaway Dutch servant, and more.
Four pages, irregular at the ... See More
July 17, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, July 17, 1788 The third column on page 61 contains the report of George Barrington (of eventual Botany Bay fame) being identified for robbery. The issue also contains other news of the day and period advertising throughout.
Complete in 8 pages and is in nice condition.
Background (source - Wikipedia): George Barrington (14 May 1755 – 27 December 1804), an Irish-born... See More
July 26, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, July 26, 1788 The second column on page 96 contains the report of George Barrington (of eventual Botany Bay fame) being removed from town by a writ of Habeas Corpus due to his stealing - he stands outlawed. Page 94 has an article regarding the "improvement of wine." Other news of the day and period advertising are found throughout.
Complete in 8 pages and is in n... See More
September 12, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1788 Page 2 is taken up with much news from Europe, and pg. 2 has a "Proclamation" from the governor of the island of Dominica. The bkpg. has an ad: "To be Sold into the Country, For Five Years, A Negro Man..." and also an ad: "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway Negro lad, with details (see).
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September 13, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, September 13, 1788 The second column on page 259 contains the report of George Barrington (of eventual Botany Bay fame) would not be tried at the Old Bailey but would be in Court of King's Bench next term -- proceeded against him on the outlawry.
Pages 1 and 2 provide a detailed description of the Pelew Islands (current day Palau), by George Keate and S.A. (compiled fr... See More
September 16, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 16, 1788
* Anglican minister John Wesley
* Government to be in Philly ?
Page 2 has an item from London noting: "Mr. John Wesley preached in the parish church of Bradford on Sunday...to the most numerous and respectable congregation that ever appeared in that place..." with a bit more. Another item notes in part:... See More
September 20, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, September 20, 1788 The first & second columns on page 284 contain the report of George Barrington's argument, trial and verdict. George Barrington would eventually be exiled to Botany Bay.
Page 287 also contains a report regarding plantations in the Bahamas. News of the day and period advertising are throughout.
Complete in 8 pages and is in nice condition.
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November 15, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, November 15, 1788 Page 5 has nearly two columns with various reports from American regarding American Indians, as well as a brief article from New York from: "...The Society for promoting the manumission [freeing]of slaves, and protecting such of them as have been or may be liberated...", which mentions the presence of Marquis La Fayette among others.
Eight pages, ... See More
November 20, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, November 20, 1788 The third column on page 493 contains the report of George Barrington (of eventual Botany Bay fame) being brought up in on a private manner.
Pages 1 and 2 also have various reports from America, including mention of New York being considered for the location of the new seat of government. Other news of the day with period advertising are found throughout.... See More
November 27, 1788
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, November 27, 1788 The third column on page 515 contains the report of George Barrington (of eventual Botany Bay fame) being before the King's Bench. The 3rd column on page 519 also has a follow-up mention of Barrington.
Additional news of the day and period advertising are found throughout. Complete in 8 pages, some light rubbing, nice condition.
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February 5, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, Feb. 5, 1789 This issue is from just before Washington's election and inauguration in this city, as well as the formation of the federal government. This was a very significant year in American history. The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 2 has various news reports from Boston, Philadelphia, and New York, plus an ad headed: "For Sale, A Y... 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
December 10, 1789
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, December 10, 1789 The first and second columns on page 7 contains the report of George Barrington's trial at Old Bailey (see background below).
Page 3 also describes a slave revolt in Martinique which includes a letter from the former (?) slaves signed: "All The Negroes." The letter states: "We know that the King has made us free; we expect ... See More
Item #638619THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1790 Included is: "Remarks on the Slave Trade Occasioned by Bruce's Travels". Near the back is a brief bit noting: "The common council at Paris paid to the illustrious Franklyn [Franklin] tribute of homage, singular in its nature but due from a free & enlightened city to the memory of a man who gave libert... See More
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