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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
* United States Department of the Navy creation
* Thomas Jefferson & John Adams forms
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 Continen... See More
August 5, 1889
TOMBSTONE PROSPECTOR, Arizona, Aug. 5, 1889
* Very rare title
* Gunfight at the O.K. Corral fame
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 includ... See More
July 10, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 10, 1863
* The Battle of Gettysburg
* Fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi
* In a Confederate title
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--Bat... See More
January 31, 1820
THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, Jan. 31, 1820
* George III of the United Kingdom
* Death - best title to be had ?
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 Sove... See More
April 22, 1865
NEW YORK WEEKLY DAY-BOOK, April 22, 1865
* Abraham Lincoln assassination (1st report)
* Ford's Theater - John Wilkes Booth
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 o... 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
* The Boston Massacre
* Historic reporting
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... See More
March 22, 1865
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, March 22, 1865
* Very rare Civil War title
* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow
* Final weeks of the rebellion
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 Me... See More
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