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April 15, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, April 15, 1775 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, as any experienced collector is aware.
The bottom of the ftpg. has an item m... See More
June 20, 1798
THE SPECTATOR, New York, June 20, 1798 A very significant issue, as the front page contains the Act of Congress which formally established the Department of the Navy.
The United States Navy can trace its history back to 1775 when the Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. Soon after the end of the Revolutionary War the ships were sold & the Continental N... See More
August 5, 1889
TOMBSTONE PROSPECTOR, Arizona, Aug. 5, 1889 We have had a few other newspapers from the iconic Old West town of Tombstone, but this is the first we have seen this title. The masthead features a great engraving of a minor on a mule (see photos). Beyond the engraving in the masthead, there is much evidence of this being a mining town including a ftpg. article: "This Time Its Mica" co... See More
October 21, 1679
DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE Or News Both From CITY and COUNTRY, London, England, Oct. 21, 1679 A very early single sheet newspaper published by Benjamin Harris (his imprint appears on the bottom of the back page), the first newspaper printer in the colonies.
Harris spent several years in jail in London for libelous printing, and upon release he emigrated to America to continue his printing trade... See More
July 10, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 10, 1863 Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
The top of the front page, with heading: "From General Lee's Army", has much editorialized comment on the recent events of the war--Battle of Gettysburg & fall of Vicksburg--including: "The account of the Baltimore Amer... See More
January 31, 1820
THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, Jan. 31, 1820 A very historic report of the death of the King with the ftpg. beginning with the announcement datelined: "Whitehall, January 31, 1820". The text begins: "On Saturday afternoon at thirty-five minutes past eight o'clock, our late Most Gracious Sovereign King George the Third, whose strength had gradually declined for some... See More
December 27, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 27, 1783 Certainly the most notable content is a full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783." It reads in part: "A contemplation of the compleat attainment (at a period earlier than... See More
November 20, 1863
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER, November 20, 1863 One of the better Gettysburg Address issues we have offered, as the top of column 4 (of 8) is headed: "The Consecration at Gettysburg". This historic report of the dedication of the national cemetery begins by detailing some of the particulars of the afternoon, including: "...the procession marched through the principal streets ... See More
April 22, 1865
NEW YORK WEEKLY DAY-BOOK, April 22, 1865 Being a weekly newspaper this is the first report of Lincoln's assassination with nice first column heads: "A TERRIBLE CRIME ! " "ASSASSINATION of PRESIDENT LINCOLN" "Attempted Assassination of Secretary Seward" "Full Details of the Shocking Events' "Inauguration of Andrew Johnson As President".&nbs... See More
January 20, 1853
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, Jan. 20, 1853
* Twelve Years a Slave
* Solomon Northup
* Kidnapped into slavery
The front page has a detailed account of the 1841 abduction and subsequent enslavement of freedman Solomon Northup as described in his 1853 memoir "Twelve Years a Slave" and depicted in the 2013 Oscar-winning film based on his account. Second column heads announce: "TH... See More
Item #642091THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1770 Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the report on the Boston Massacre. The entirety of page 2 is taken up with an excellent & historic report of the Boston Massacre, headed: "AMERICAN AFFAIRS" and the article prefaced with: "The following Report of the Committee of the Town of Boston, transmitted to Governor Po... See More
September 14, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Sept. 14, 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.
Pages 1 & 4 contains a very detailed letter: "...from New York, April 12, 1776" in which the writer comments on the situation there at the time, including: &q... See More
December 24, 1777
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 24, 1777 This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.
The first column on the ftpg. features two Proclamations, each signe... See More
March 22, 1865
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, March 22, 1865 W. G. Brownlow, or Parson Brownlow, was a fascinating personality to say the least. He regarded anyone who disagreed with him about religion or politics as an enemy. The circuit-riding Methodist parson turned to the press to spread his harsh anti-Presbyterian, anti-Calvinist rhetoric, and to spread his fer... See More
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