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August 17, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, August 17, 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.
The front page has an: "Eight Pounds Reward" ad for the return of 4 soldiers who deserted their military service, with much detail (see). Page 2 has a lengthy de... See More
May 1, 1797
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, May, 1797 Certainly the most notable content is under: "American News" where there is quite detailed accounting of the election process. It begins with a Philadelphia dateline of Feb. 8 and reading: "In Congress. The Speaker informed the House teat the hour was come at which they had appointed to meet the Senate for the purpose of co... See More
Item #657803THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1793 There are several items of interest, one of which is several pages on the: "Minutes of the Proceedings of the National Convention of France" with much text on what should be the fate of Louis XVI (see for portions).
This is followed by: "The Last Will and Testament of His Late Most Christian Majesty" which has near the... See More
Item #657798THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1787 Near the back, and under the heading: "America" is a page mostly taken up with the creation of a new society "...instituted in Philadelphia consisting of some of the most respectable people in the province of Pennsylvania..." with the introduction of their constitution printed here & which includes: "...it havin... See More
Item #657759THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1766 Articles include: "Papers Concerning the Spanish Trade in Jamaica" "Recipe Against the Black Fly & Bite of Gnats" "An Essay on the Management of Bees" "An Account of the Act....of Parliament for the better Preservation of Timber Trees..." "Observations of the Transit of Venus" and more.
Ov... See More
Item #657746GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1775 The first five pages contain a lengthy report on: "...address to his Majesty respecting the Situation of Affairs in America." which includes: "...The army might proceed to hostilities, it might be defeated, the Americans might prevail, we might be for ever stripped of the sovereignty of that country..." with so much more. Ther... See More
Item #657331THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1758 Among the articles within are: "An Account of the Isle of Senegal on the Coast of Africa..." and "Case of Mr. Moore and Mr. Smith of Philadelphia Stated" which takes over a full page, plus much more. There is also an illustration of a newly invented bandage for the use of sick seamen (see).
Near the back is the "Histo... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1749 Nearly a full page is taken up with charts showing the population of New Jersey in 1738 and 1745. Included among the columns are those labeled: "Male Slaves" "Female Slaves" and "Total of Slaves" (see). There is also a chart of those: "Buried in the several Burying Grounds of Philadelphia", column... See More
September 29, 1797
GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 29, 1797
* Rare 18th century American title
* Slaves advertisements
Front page has two runway slave advertisements. See images for details.
News of the day with several other interesting ads. Four pages, small piece torn away at the upper right corner, minor spine wear, good condition.... See More
November 1, 1785
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1785 Inside has over a full page taken up with: "Peter the Wild Boy" who was quite the sensation at the time (see Wikipedia for much more on him). Also: "Observations on the Properties & Effects of Coffee" & much more. The best item would be the very nice & detailed foldout map of "Old Port Royal" in Ja... See More
July 13, 1775
VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 13, 1775 This newspaper was published by John Pinkney, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. Pinkney continued this title which previously was published by Virginia's first woman printer, Clementina Rind, A rare opportunity for a scarce title f... See More
March 18, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, March 18, 1775
* Very rare colonial Williamsburg
* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
This newspaper was published by Dixon & Hunter, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title from colonial Virginia with... See More
May 6, 1777
THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia May 6, 1777
* Benedict Arnold promoted
* General William Howe
* General George Washington
The front page has some war-related items including a note from Fishkill which includes: "...a number of armed Tories marched in open day through Walkhill & Little Britain on their way to join Howe's army. They were pursued by parties of t... See More
Item #654920THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1755 Among the articles in this issue are: "Humorous Account of the Pedigree of Race Horses" which has as a page headed: "Scheme for Improving the Breed of Jockeys"; "An Enquiry into the Origin of the Romans" and much more.
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news report of the ... 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
December 26, 1792
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 26, 1792 Inside has over 5 columns taken up with: "Interesting Advices, French National Convention" with a considerable amount of information concerning the on-going French Revolution.
Four pages, nice condition.
August 2, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Aug. 2, 1788
* 18th century America
Page 2 has an items concerning the frustration of Rhode Island concerning the Constitution, beginning: "...cannot help lamenting the neglect which the virtuous & oppressed minority of Rhode Island now experience from the federalists of the other states...". An interesting article... See More
Item #653293THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, October, 1797 Among the many articles under "Review of New Publications" is: "A Letter to the Infamous Tom Paine, in Answer to His Letter to Gen. Washington, by Peter Porcupine." this is followed by: "Expostulatory Letter to George Washington, of Mount Vernon, in Virginia, on His Continuing to be a Proprietor of Slaves, by Edwar... See More
May 15, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 1735/6
* Earliest of American newspapers
* Very early & rare
The double year reflects the two calendars in use at the time. My today's calendar the year is 1736.
As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1... See More
October 14, 1789
THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, Oct. 14, 1789 Page 2 has a great letter stating the considerable economic growth of the United States in producing their own manufactured goods, etc. It begins: "A letter from Philadelphia speaks of the rapid advancement of the American in all those manufactures which heretofore were chiefly derived from Europe..." and going on to cite ... See More
May 28, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 28, 1789
* Martha Washington's journey
* 1st First Lady joining the President
Page 2 has reporting of: "Congressional Intelligence" from the early months of the new federal government. Also a report beginning: "Yesterday arrived in this City from Mount Vernon, Mrs. WASHINGTON, the amiable consort of the President of the U. States.... See More
September 10, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 10, 1785
* United States trade w/ China begins
* Empress of China (ship)
* Samuel Shaw
An extremely notable issue on trade with China which began in 1784. Page 2 begins with a lengthy letter signed in type by Samuel Shaw, and is prefaced with: "The following is a letter to Mr. Jay from Mr. Shaw who went in the ship ... See More
May 28, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 28, 1787
* Constitutional Convention begins
* George Washington elected 1st president
An exceedingly historic issue as this newspaper reports the formal beginning of the Constitutional Convention--terrific to have in a newspaper from the city where these notable proceedings were held. As such, this is likely the first newsp... See More
October 3, 1795
COURIER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Concord, Oct. 3, 1795
* Rare 18th century American title
Certainly one of the less common American 18th century newspapers. The entire front page is taken up with a continued portion of: "New French Constitution - Plan of a Constitution for the French Republic" with much of the inside pages being items from Europe as well. Most of the back page is taken up... See More
Item #652448THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793 Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock. Perhaps it is not unexpected that the death of this notable person, who had been such a thorn in the side of England during the years ... See More
September 10, 1777
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Sept. 10, 1777 Page 2 has a report from Newport, Rhode Island, concerning a military encounter in the vicinity (see). This is followed by a report from New York, which includes: "...a convincing proof of the insidious mean stratagems which have been used by the leaders of the Rebel army to seduce the faithful Hessians from their allegiance: " an... See More
June 2, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, June 2, 1768 Multiple inside reports are from various locations throughout America, including two articles from New York, one from Boston, and another from Philadelphia (see images for details). The Postscript has the interesting, "No liberty! No life! Proper wages, and down with oppression. In a letter to the brave people of England," a rather lengthy title b... See More
Item #652295THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, April, 1790
* Benjamin Franklin death (1st report)
* Early report from his hometown
Eighteenth century American magazines are increasingly scarce in today's market. This title was published by the famed Isaiah Thomas, the patriot printer from the Revolutionary War & founder of the American Antiquarian Society.
Certainly the most not... See More
December 19, 1771
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 19, 1771
* Rare Colonial Pennsylvania title
* Great masthead for display
This newspaper features one of the larger & more decorative masthead engravings to be found in a colonial America newspaper.
The ftpg. is taken up with reports from Europe as are most of pages 2 & 3. Some American items on page 3.&n... See More
May 30, 1771
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 30, 1771 This newspaper features one of the larger & more decorative masthead engravings to be found in a colonial America newspaper.
Page 3 begins with a letter "To the King" which is a very critical review of him, noting in part: "...Those groans, those hisses, and execrations with which your ... See More
December 25, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 25, 1783
* Early American slavery
Page has nearly a full column headed: "American News" which has a letter from Philadelphia concerning the slave trade. The letter, from the Quakers and addressed to Congress, is prefaced with: "The people called Quakers, in America, having been long impressed with a sense of the iniquity of the S... See More
May 27, 1795
FEDERAL INTELLIGENCER & BALTIMORE DAILY GAZETTE, May 27, 1795
* Rare 18th century title from Maryland
The ftpg. is filled with ads, and page 2 has much from Europe. Page 3 has datelines from Philadelphia, New York, Salem, Portland, Lexington, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.
Various "X" and numeric notations on ads as this was likely the editor's copy. Otherwise 4 pages, a... 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
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
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
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
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
January 19, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 19, 1768 This issue may start with a review of a book on Gout and end with a set of fables, but within are a set of reports from America and the description for how Denmark handles certain capitol offenses - all of which make interesting period reading. Other news of the day from locations throughout the world are also present.
The reports from America in... See More
December 19, 1791
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 19, 1791 The front page has three notices concerning the creation of the Bank of the United States (see). Inside has 2 letters signed in type by King Louis XVI of France including one beginning: "In accepting, sir, the Constitution, I promised to maintain it within, and defend it against the enemies from without the kingdom...&q... See More
Item #648710GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1756 This issue begins with a nearly 3 page article: "An Account of the Siege & Capture of Port Mahon" on the island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean. During the Seven Years' War in Europe, of which the French & Indian War was an extension in North America, Spain regained the island from Great Britain in 1756 after the ... See More
April 16, 1787
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, Hartford, April 16, 1787 Keeping in mind that the Constitutional Convention would convene in May, page 2 has a fascinating letter headed: "A Thought For the Delegates to the Convention to be held at Philadelphia" which offers an interesting proposal: "Instead of attempting to amend the present articles of confederation...or instead of attempting one ge... See More
September 18, 1769
PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 18, 1769 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..." with a bit more. Another item notes: "...letters from General Gage, Commodore Hood & others...that both ... See More
September 4, 1769
PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 4, 1769
* Rare Colonial title
A notable title from the colonial period, that has an ornate royal coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead. Content includes a lengthy ftpg. letter addressed "To the Printer" that is signed in type: Atticus.
Pages 2 & 3 has news and other content from "London", ... See More
Item #648387THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, March, 1790
Among the articles within are: "Singular Instance of the Religious zeal of the Hindoos..." "Remarks on Treading out Wheat" which includes not just one by 4 illustrations (see); a curious one in light of today's economy: "Remarks on the Commerce of America with China" "An Oration on Capital Punishments"... See More
Item #647780THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1784
Among the articles are: "Abstract of the Will of the late Justice Russell" which includes a full page plate of him (see photos). Also: "A Biographical Sketch of Dr. Samuel Johnson" which takes 12 pages; and "Antiquities in London Described", "Dr. Johnson's Will & the Ceremonial of his funer... See More
June 29, 1793
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 29, 1793 Pg. 2 has a brief mention of federal troops on the march to Pittsburgh. The bkpg. has reports concerning actions with the Indians in the Southeast (see).
Included is the single sheet "Supplement" as well which contains many reward ads. The ftpg. features 13 illustrated ship ads.
January 22, 1787
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 22, 1787
* Year of the United States Constitution
Pg. 2 begins with: "A Sketch of the Life & Confession of Isaac Coombs", recently executed at Salem for the murder of his wife. A fascinating story. Page 3 has a report of the terrible fire in Richmond.
The ftpg. is filled with ads including 7 illustrated s... See More
February 29, 1768
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 29, 1768
* Rare Colonial title
Inside has a report from London noting in part: "Mr. Grenville's enmity against the Colonies still continues as violent as ever...he tired even his friends with a tedious harangue against America..." with more (see). Various other news reports of the day and a great we... See More
December 18, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 18, 1769
* Benjamin Franklin's son - William
* Non-importation agreement
An item from Providence includes: "At a meeting of the merchants & traders of this town...convened in consequence of a letter from the committee of merchants at Boston recommending our extending the non-importation agreemen... See More
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