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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.
Al... See More
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
February 26, 1770
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 26, 1770 Page 2 has an item from New York noting: "The merchants of this city have received many letters...affirming that all the Acts we complain of will be repealed soon after the Parliament meets; others asserting the contrary; but it seems they all agree, the duty on Tea will not be taken off on any account.&q... See More
January 10, 1771
PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, January 10, 1771 One of the largest & most decorative mastheads of the 18th century (see). The front page has a declaration noting that deserters from his Majesty's ships will be given pardon if they return to their posts (see). Page 2 has a report from Charleston noting: "...holding a congress with Col. Donaldson..... See More
November 5, 1773
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, Nov. 5, 1773
* America tea troubles
* Pre Revolutionary War
All of the front page & a bit of pg. 2 are taken up with a continued article: "The Address to Americans on Slave-Keeping, continued". Page 2 has a report from Philadelphia concerning the Gaspee affairs, and also a report from Georgia mentioning: "...on ac... 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
February 14, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 14, 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.
The entire front page is taken up with ads, one of which is for the printing of: "Common Sense" (see).
Page 2 has numerous reports which... 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
September 10, 1778
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 10, 1778 The back page has nearly a volume column taken up with: "The French King's Declaration Concerning the Abolition of the Rights of Aubigny: Agreed on between France and the United States of America", given at Versailles, July 26, 1778 (see). This Four article document, signed in type: Louis at its conclusion, would seem to be an agree... 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
Haym Salomons and Isaac Franks... Canada to be a "prison formed by Britain for American traitors"...
March 1, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 1, 1783 It is possible two advertisements have more significance than the content in this issue. The back page has a rather large ad for "Haym Salomons", the noted Jewish financier. Salomon was a Jewish emigrant from Poland, imprisoned in 1778 by the British for aiding the Revolutionaries and was condemned to dea... See More
March 5, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 5, 1783 Page 2 has a note that there were still serious concerns about possible alliances with England, with: "...the state of Virginia...earnestly recommended to all the good citizens of that commonwealth 'That in all future elections of representatives & officers of trust & power, caution be used that no... See More
March 12, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 12, 1783
* Loyalist troops to Canada
Page 2 is mostly taken up with a very lengthy letter concerning the repayment by the states of the expenses of the Revolutionary War (see for portions). Page 2 has an item concerning what is to happen to Loyalists, with: "...from New York we learn that the provincial corps, ... See More
April 9, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 9, 1783 One of the most displayable newspaper of the Revolutionary War era given the large & decorative engraving in the masthead (see). The front page is filled with advertisements, including a quite lengthy one: "Thirty Dollars Reward" for two runaway Negro lads, with details (see). The back page has ... See More
Item #594321THE 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). Thee is a "Letter to t... See More
Item #622281GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, A two issue set: February & March, 1788
February issue: 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).
An artic... 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 #632976THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, April, 1788
* Botany Bay, Australia
* Admiral Arthur Phillip
* Northern plantations act to discourage the slave trade
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. C... 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 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).
Fo... See More
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
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