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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
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
Item #654915THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, September, 1775 A nice issue with much historic content from the beginning months of the Revolutionary War.
Perhaps the best content is the very nice half page illustration of the "Redoubt & Entrenchment on the Heights of Charles Town, Commonly called Bunker Hill, Opposite Boston, attacked & Carried by his Majesty's Troops... See More
Item #654914THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, April, 1794 Within this issue is a lengthy discussion of one of the deadliest epidemics in U.S. history, one which eventually claimed just under 10% of the entire population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (at the time the most populated city in the country). The cause of the epidemic is attributed to the incoming refugees resulting from the... See More
April 13, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, April 13, 1775 This is 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. Purdie and Dixon published a paper of this title, and then a third title which began in early 1775 was begun by Alexander Purdie after leaving the paper mentioned above. T... See More
April 16, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, April 16, 1768 Multiple inside reports are from various locations throughout America, including two each from Charles-Town [Charleston, South Carolina] and Philadelphia (signed by Governor, John Penn), and others from both Boston and New York (see images for details).
Other news reports and period advertising are found throughout.
Complete in 8 pages, 9 by 12 inches, ... 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 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 1736. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the... 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 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. Mrs. Washington from Philadelphia was accompanied by the Lady of Mr. Robert Mor... 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
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
November 27, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 27, 1769
* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
* Colonial - Anti-British title
Inside has an address by the governor of Virginia to the House of Burgesses concerning a boundary line between the colony and Cherokee Indian land. This is followed by another address noting: "...that his Majesty's present adminis... See More
November 27, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 27, 1769 Inside has an address by the governor of Virginia to the House of Burgesses concerning a boundary line between the colony and Cherokee Indian land. This is followed by another address noting: "...that his Majesty's present administration have at no time entertained a design to propose to parliament to... See More
December 25, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 25, 1783 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 Slave Trade, at length enjoined ... See More
May 27, 1795
FEDERAL INTELLIGENCER & BALTIMORE DAILY GAZETTE, May 27, 1795 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 few discrete archival mends inside, good cond... See More
December 10, 1792
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1792 The ftpg. has discussion from Congress on the President's state-of the union address and agrees to a response to him headed: "The Address". Also on the ftpg. is a letter to Congress from the President concerning the situation with France, completed on pg. 2 where it is signed in type: G. Washington, and is foll... See More
February 1, 1780
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, February, 1780
* Captain James Cook death
* Third voyage - HMS Resolution
The most notable content would be a report near the back concerning Captain James Cooks third voyage, and with good detail on the death of Cook. One portion includes: "...The islanders became every day more bold...their inclination for theft which went so far as to steal ... 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
April 25, 1799
THE UNIVERSAL GAZETTE, Philadelphia, April 25, 1799 A vol. 1 issue of this title which was short-lived in Philadelphia before removing to Washington, from which issues of this title are much more common.
Page 2 has: "Buonaparte" & much more on events in Europe. Page 3 has a report: "Insurrection" amongst many others.
Four pages, very nice condition.
June 1, 1778
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, June, 1778 Near the back are 1 1/2 pages headed: "American Affairs". Included is a letter signed by: W. Howe announcing his replacement, Sir Henry Clinton, has arrived, and Howe will soon be leaving for England. He also comments on recent military events under his leadership (see).
Also included is a nice account of the battle at Bordentow... 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
January 11, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 11, 1783 Page 2 has an interesting bit: "The latest account from Philadelphia mention that the idea of admitting the colony of Vermont as a fourteenth state had been revived, and was then agitating in Congress." Vermont would become the 14th state but not until 1791. This is followed by other news concerning completing the treaty of peace to end ... 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
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
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
June 9, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 9, 1787 Much of page 3 is taken up with reports & documents concerning people of Connecticut claiming land ownership in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This also involved people in the Easton area, Northampton County (see for portions).
Four pages, loss to an upper corner of the back leaf causes loss only to part of a poem &am... 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
Item #647237THE 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 funeral... See More
Item #647079THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1770 The reverse of the title page is filled with: "American Affairs" with reports from Jamaica, South Carolina, Boston, and New York. The report from Boston hints of the growing tensions between England and the colonies with: "...the Assembly at Boston...members refused to proceed to business while under the influence of the milit... See More
May 2, 1798
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 2, 1798
* 18th century America
* John Adams address
The back page has an: "Address to the President" from the merchants & traders of Philadelphia, with his response signed in type: John Adams.
Four pages, minor loss to a lower corner on the back leaf affects only an ad, good condition.... See More
June 27, 1793
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 27, 1793 Page 3 has: "A Bill" titled: "An Act more Effectually to Prevent, during the Present War Between Great Britain & France, all Traitorous Correspondence with, or Aid or Assistance being Given to, His Majesty's Enemies."
The ftpg. is filled with ads including 16 illustrated ship ads. Four pages, ver... See More
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