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The Nova Constellatio coin, made for the American colonies... Settling Australia as a penal colony...
Item #670315THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1786
* The Nova Constellatio coin print
* Made for circulation in the American colonies
The most interesting item in this issue is the foldout plate which contains--among other prints--an image of the "Nova Constellatio" coin used in the colonies (see). The print shows both the obverse & reverse & has a date of 1785.
Th... See More
July 19, 1881
DAILY TIMES, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1881 On page 2 under "News Of The Day" is a section devoted to "Crimes And Casualties". Among the news items in this section is an inconspicuous yet historic report that reads, in full: "Billy the Kid,' a notorious murderer and desperado, for several years the terror of New Mexico, was shot dead, by Sheriff Garrett o... See More
May 15, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, May 15, 1735 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 very first newspaper in all of the Middle Colonies, and only the fourth newspaper published in all of the American... See More
April 3, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, April 3, 1735 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 1735. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the very first newspaper in all of the Middle Colonies, and only the fourth newspaper published in all of the A... See More
February 3, 1713
PAX, PAX; OR, A PACIFICK POST BOY, London, February 3, 1712/13 A very rare, variant title of the "Post-Boy" newspaper, the change in title [Peace, Peace] due to the Treaty of Utrecht just agreed upon. The Treaty of Utrecht was essentially a series of treaties involving various European countries which put an end to the War of Spanish Succession. The agreement noted in this issue wa... See More
October 12, 1861
SUGAR PLANTER, West Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Oct. 12, 1861
* Very rare Confederate title
Here is a very uncommon title from Louisiana during the first year of the Civil War. The front page is filled with ads, and among the reports on the back page are a report headed: "Good News!" noting in part: "...a force of Confederates under Gen. Patton Anderson landed upon Santa Ros... See More
June 20, 1882
BLACK HILLS DAILY PIONEER, Deadwood City, Black Hills, Nov. 24, 1878 This city would arguably be--along with Tombstone & Dodge City--one of the more famous of all the towns from the rough & tumble days of the Old West, and only rarely do such issues come to light.
This issue is from the "heyday" of the Wild West. Some of the most celebrated names of the Old West passed thr... See More
December 8, 1941
HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Dec. 8, 1941 "Last Edition" The very famous Dec. 7 issue of this paper has been reprinted so many times that genuine issues are difficult to find, although they do exist.
Equally as rare--if not more so--is the last edition of the December 8 issue which has a very similar headline, with the huge & bold: "WAR&quo... See More
February 17, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Feb. 17, 1775 This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.
Fully half of the front page is taken up with an interesting article headed: "Observations On Taxing America". Notewor... See More
February 5, 1859
THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, (Hawaii), Feb. 5, 1859 A quite rare newspaper from such an early date, in fact outside of "The Friend" which was more of a missionary newspaper, this is the second oldest Hawaii newspaper we have offered.
It is formatted much like other newspapers of the day with the ftpg. containing both ads & news items, page 2 containing mostly news, and pages 3 &a... See More
October 10, 1871
CHICAGO EVENING POST--EXTRA, Oct. 10, 1871 This is perhaps the very best Chicago Fire issue we have offered. Not only is it from Chicago, but it is a day earlier than any other report we have offered from Chicago.
Most of the first column is taken up with heads including; "CHICAGO IN FLAMES" "An All-Night Carnival of the Fire Fiend!" "The Most Extensive & Devast... See More
May 7, 1937
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER--EXTRA, May 7, 1937 One of the very best, dramatic banner headlines we have offered on this historic catastrophe: "DIRIGIBLE HINDENBURG EXPLODES, 90 KILLED". A large front page photo shows the Hindenburg over the New York skyline, headed: "Giant Airliner That Fell in Flames", with the subhead noting: Airship Falls At Lakehurst".
This is one of... See More
April 28, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 28, 1865 A very historic issue with the front page, first column heads: "BOOTH'S END" "The Shooting of the Assassin of the President" "The Flight and Desperate Resistance" "He is Traced Through the Swamps of Maryland and Virginia and Burned Out of a Barn" "He Refuses to Surrender and is Shot" "The Body In Washi... See More
March 6, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, New York, March 6, 1865 Page 4 headlines at the top of last column about the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln include: "INAUGURATION" "Our Report of the Second Installation of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States" "Scenes at the White House in the Streets and at the Capital" "Washington, March 4, 1861, and Washington, Mar... See More
January 29, 1863
NEW YORK HERALD, Jan. 29, 1863 The front page. has a large map headed: "THE FRENCH IN MEXICO. Operations of the French Army--The Route of the Troops from Vera Cruz to the Mexican Capital" with related front page heads as well.
There are also front page Civil War reports including: "Rebel Army Under General Joe Johnston Marching to Vicksburg" "Vicksburg & Port Hu... See More
Item #664965THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, March, 1791 The issue begins with textual: "Sketches of the President Of the United States" which is nearly a 4 1/2 page biography of George Washington (the plate called for is lacking). Also inside is the conclusion of: "Description of Cape Cod & the County of Barnstable" which takes 2 1/2 pages; "The Remarkable Duel" "Fem... See More
September 13, 1866
NEW YORK TIMES, September 11, 12 & 13, 1866 A terrific and very historic trio of newspapers relating to the first theatrical musical, "The Black Crook".
As Wikipedia notes: "Its significance is being considered the first piece of musical theater that conforms to the modern notion of a "book musical". The book is by Charles M. Barras, an American playwright. The ... See More
March 18, 1865
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1865 A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
The front page has an advertisement headed: "FORD'S NEW THEATRE" which includes: "Benefit of Mr. John McCullogh, This Saturday Evening March 18, 1865 Mr. John Wilkes Booth has kindly volunt... See More
January 11, 1901
THE HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, January 11, 1901
If ever there was a single newspaper which heralded the birth of the oil industry in America, this is it.
Although discoveries were made in various locations long before this date, this discovery--to be known as Spindletop--marked the emergence of the oil industry at a time when the automobile and other industries were experiencing rapid growth... See More
July 17, 1886
THE ALASKAN, Sitka, Alaska Territory, July 17, 1886 Rarely are newspapers from Alaska found from before the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 when interest grew dramatically. This newspaper pre-dates the gold rush by over ten years. This is the volume one, number 37 issue of this title.
The format of the newspaper is much like other newspapers of the day, being four pages of small folio size (meas... See More
May 13, 1876
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 13, 1876 This is an exceedingly significant newspaper on the founding of the Impressionist movement in art.
Page 2 has an inconspicuous yet quite historic report which essentially reports on the beginning of the Impressionist movement in the art world in France. Those artists now known as the "Impressionists" were ostracized by the established art world... See More
January 28, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1778 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.
Only to be found in a Loyalist newspaper, the entire front page is t... See More
January 20, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Jan. 20, 1776 Nearly two-thirds of the front page are taken up with a terrific consideration of the troubles between England & the colonies titled: "Extracts from the Sentiments of a Foreigner on the Disputes of Great Britain & America".... See More
A few bits include: "...Can they so far betray those rights which are so dear to them as
A few bits include: "...Can they so far betray those rights which are so dear to them as
July 13, 1795
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, July 9 and 13, 1795 A very significant pair of issues as they contain, in its entirety, the full text of the Jay Treaty, one of the more significant 18th century documents in American history.
Taking all of the front page and a bit of page 2 in the July 9,
concluding in the issue of the 13th taking all of the ftpg. and a bit of pg. ... See More
March 19, 1782
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, March 19, 1782 Half of the front page is taken up with: "An Anecdote - American Patriotism and Fortitude Exemplified" which gives a story concerning General Burgoyne's actions in New England.
Half of page 2 is taken up with the conclusion of a letter from: "Common Sense" which is a response too the King of... See More
November 22, 1849
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 1849 At the bottom of page 3 is a very notable report concerning one of the Three Witnesses of the Mormon Church, with a small head: "A Mormon Apostle".
This is concerning Martin Harris: "...who was concerned with Joe Smith in originally proclaiming the Mormon faith. He wrote the book of Mormon from Joe Smith's dict... See More
October 13, 1862
THE COUNTRYMAN, Turnwold, Putnam County, Georgia, Oct. 13, 1862 A fascinating little newspaper which perhaps is most famous for being the only newspaper published on a Southern plantation. It was published by Joseph A. Turner on his plantation named “Turnwold" some 9 miles from Eatonton. He used the “Countryman” to voice his pro-Confederate views as a staunch advocate ... See More
Item #640614GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, May, 1789 Certainly the most significant---and very historic--report in this issue is the account under the heading "America" of George Washington being elected the first President of the United States. The full text can be seen in the photos, however portions include: "The 4th of March, being the day appointed by the ordinance of Con... See More
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