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July 30, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, July 30, 1795 Inside has an interesting article: "A New Game of Cards" called the 'Revolution', which is based on events of the French Revolution (see).
Four pages, very nice condition.
August 28, 1760
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Jan. 26, 1758, Aug. 28, 1760, May 17, 1764, Aug. 1, 1765, & Oct. 28, 1773. Each issue is complete in 8 pages and is in good condition, a few with some damp staining & some foxing. A nice little group lot providing a flavor of life in England from the period when tensions were growing with its American colonies. Each measures... See More
October 30, 1799
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 30, 1799 The front page has an Act of Congress under: "Laws of the United States" which includes the text of sections 16 through 26 of "An ACT for the better organizing of the Troops of the United States; and for other purpose, dated March 3, 1799" which is signed in script type: John Adams President. This is followed by a Senate Resolve a... See More
July 21, 1744
THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, Massachusetts, July 21, 1744 This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even this title lasted but a few short years.
As the subtitle reads: "Containing Accounts of the Propagation & Revival of Religion in Great Britain & America&q... See More
October 22, 1798
FARMER'S WEEKLY MUSEUM: NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT JOURNAL, Walpole, Oct. 22, 1798 Page 3 has an account headed: "Trial of Matthew Lyon For Sedition", the details of which are mentioned in the article which takes over a full column. Lyon was a Vermont member of Congress & had a tumultuous career, brawling with another Congressman & jailed following the charge of sedit... See More
September 23, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 23, 1788 Page 3 has an interesting item concerning the use of violence against the Indians (see). Pg. 3 has a nice: "Thirty Dollars Reward" ad beginning: "Ran-away from the subscriber, some time in January last, a NEGRO SLAVE called NATHAN: he is about 36 years old..." with further details (see).
Four pages,... See More
January 31, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 31, 1787 Page 2 has: "An Address to the Good People of the Commonwealth" which relates to the Shays' Rebellion (see), as well as another great report reading in part: "...had an interview with Shays...a view of conversing with this leader of the mob in the western counties on the subject of the risings in this ... See More
May 23, 1728
THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, May 23, 1728 The front page is a terrific item noting: "The government are about contracting with the proper undertakes for transporting the felons, convicts, being about 80 in number, to his Majesty's Plantations in America."." Although it was known that convicts were occasionally shipped off to the American colonies, it is exceedingly rare to ... See More
April 21, 1795
KENTISH GAZETTE, Winchester, England, April 21, 1795 This newspaper has one of the more decorative & beautiful mastheads of the era. Note the two very detailed engravings on either side, one being the fabled Canterbury Cathedral. The back page has a brief item mentioned Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the earliest woman's rights advocates, with mention of her most famous book: "The ... See More
June 17, 1799
J. RUSSELL'S GAZETTE, Boston, June 17, 1799 Page 2 has a letter headed: "The Board of Health, To Their Constituents" signed at its conclusion by the President of the Board: Paul Revere. Other news & ads of the day.
Four pages, minor chip from a blank right column, nice condition.
May 19, 1792
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, May 19, 1792 Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a lengthy Act of Congress titled: "An ACT for Raising a Further Sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers, & for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned" which is headed with a nice engraving of a heraldic eagle & signed in type by the President: George Washington.
Inside has length... See More
March 10, 1790
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, March 10, 1790 This famous newspaper was the mouthpiece of the federal government so almost without exception the first utterances from Congress appeared in this newspaper before any other. The nation's capital was in New York City at this time. So it is of great significance that close to half of the front page is taken up with the very first prin... See More
February 5, 1770
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 5, 1770 Page 2 has a report from Plymouth on the 150th anniversary of the landing of their ancestors at that place in 1620 (see). Page 3 has a report from Boston on: "...a meeting of the merchants...to consider of the conduct of several who have broke through the non-importation agreement & to determine ... See More
April 5, 1783
PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1783 One of the most displayable newspaper of the Revolutionary War era given the large & decorative engraving in the masthead (see). The front page is a detailed advertisement by "Isaac Franks", a notable Jewish financier who served under Washington during the war. The back page has an ad by: "Haym Salom... See More
January 4, 1792
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Jan. 4, 1792 A terrific issue on the creation of the nation's capital. Beginning on page 2 & taking half of page 3 is a great article titled: "New City Of Washington" which has as a subtitle: "Plan of the City intended for the permanent seat of the Government of the United States, projected agreeably to the direction of the P... See More
December 10, 1644
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 10, 1644 This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory by several years. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Théophraste Renaudot but with influential backing by the powerful Cardinal de Richelieu. This tit... See More
August 21, 1779
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 21, 1779 Included is an: "Extract of a Letter from Rhode Island dated May, 1779" which includes in part: "...Very recent accounts from the Susquehannah inform us that a party of Col. butler's loyalists and Indians had cut off the settlements at Penn's valley, and afterwards retired without losing a man." (see)
Nearly two-... See More
October 10, 1778
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 10, 1778 Inside has most of a page taken up with a discussion of the Revolutionary War in America, prefaced with: "Sir, having a leisure hour on my hands, I sit down to send you a few cursory thoughts on the hackneyed subject of the American contest..." which begins: "That the operations of our troops in America have not been so succes... See More
September 2, 1780
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 2, 1780 Page 2 has a report from Boston (see photos for full text), as well as other news which includes: "Some accounts from America say that notwithstanding the capture of Charlestown [Charleston] the Carolinas are preparing to send their members to Congress as usual...That General Clinton's detachments have all failed, being unable to atta... See More
Item #643857THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1779 A very special feature of this issue is the foldout map titled: "A Chart Of Delaware Bay and River..." showing as far north as Philadelphia (see). This map measures 8 by 10 1/4 inches & is in very nice condition.
The first five pages have a summary of debates in Parliament, which include much discussion of the Revolutiona... See More
Item #643856THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, December, 1695 This is a very uncommon periodical published during the reign of King William III, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occurrences, Civil, Ecclesiastical, an... See More
May 28, 1789
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 28, 1789 Page 7 has a brief item from Parliament headed: "Botany Bay" reading: "Mr. Hussey asked whether it was the intention of Ministers to prosecute the scheme of forming a settlement in Botany Bay? Mr. Pitt said that from the accounts hitherto received from the Colony, they saw no reason for abandoning it."
Considerable discus... See More
May 2, 1794
Interesting French criminal broadside announcing the acquittal of a trial against Etienne Michaud. Headed in large type at the top (translated): JUDGMENT OF THE CRIMINAL COURT of the Department of Rhone, Who Declares Etienne Michaud Acquitted of The Charge Against Him." followed by details of the result of the trial.
There is a "dateline" at the middle; "Du 17 Floreal, l... See More
Item #643699THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, August, 1790 The bulk of the issue is taken up with a wide range of eclectic articles as noted in the title/contents page.
At the back is: "The Gazette" which has the latest news reports of the day, included is a report headed "Dr. Franklin" concerning the news of Franklin's death in France, with a report headed: "National Ass... See More
Item #643096THE SCOTS MAGAZINE, Edinburgh, Scotland, March, 1766 Although formatted much like the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" this is a much more scarce title. Near the beginning are several pages headed "Abstracts of Acts of Parliament" and certainly the most significant of them is: "An Abstract of the Act...to Repeal an Act Made in the Last Session of Parliament, en... See More
October 23, 1717
THE DAILY COURANT, London, Oct. 23, 1717 This was the world's first successful daily newspaper, and is a landmark issue for any newspaper collection as such, having begun in 1702. As would be imagined the issue is almost entirely taken up with various European reports, with over half of the back page taken up with advertisements.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper measuring 7 by 13 3/... See More
October 17, 1734
THE FREE BRITON, London, Oct. 17, 1734 We rarely find issues of this title which lasted for less than six years. The entire issue is taken up with: "A Parallel Between the Libels on the Present Times, and those of Queen Elizabeth's Reign; drawn from the Lord Bacon's indication of the Lord Burleigh.".
Complete as a single sheet issue, very decorative first letter on the fro... See More
February 27, 1695
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Feb. 27, 1695 Beginning on the ftpg. & concluding on the bkpg. is: "By the KING, A PROCLAMATION" which reports: "...the persons...have with divers other wicked & traitorous persons entered into a horrid & detestable conspiracy to assassinate and murder His Majesty's sacred person; for which cause several warrants for High Treason ha... See More
February 28, 1777
THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Feb. 28, 1777 Inside has: "Advices From America" has very nice content, beginning: "Many thousands from the province of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut & Penna. have already come in & claimed the benefit of the late proclamation for his Majesty's free pardon...The congress have put a public affront on Mr. Washington by st... See More
September 11, 1788
THE UNITED STATES CHRONICLE, Providence, Sept. 11, 1788 One of the more decorative mastheads with engravings of the "Arms of the United States" and "Arms of Rhode Island". The ftpg. is taken with with reports from Congress concerning financial matters, including a chart of the money each state owes the federal Treasury for their share of the national debt.
Page 3 has a r... See More
January 5, 1787
THE AMERICAN RECORDER, AND CHARLESTOWN ADVERTISER, Charlestown, Mass., Jan. 5, 1787 A very uncommon title published only from December, 1785 thru May, 1787. Of particular interest is the masthead which has ornate lettering spelling: "U S A".
Inside has a report from Charleston, S.C. noting: "Letter from Tugaloo...says, the spies who lately went out returned with the following... See More
December 29, 1781
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 29, 1781 I have always thought this newspaper has one of the finest masthead, featuring an uncommonly large engraving with an Indian and an angel on either side of the "Journal", plus a 3-masted ship & other embellishments (see). A decorative issue for display.
Inside has a letter from St. Augus... See More
Item #642035THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1792 (note the typesetting error of the date on the titlepg.) The most interesting item in this issue is the obituary for John Paul Jones. As can be seen in the report he does not get good press in this British publication (not surprisingly), with portions including: "At Paris, in the utmost poverty, the celebrated Paul Jones. This noted despe... See More
Item #641379THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781 Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an entire page & is signed by him in type: B. Arnold. This is his detailed report on the taking of New London... See More
June 8, 1782
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 8, 1782 The front page has a full column headed: "America - From the South Carolina Gazette" which begins: "The following accounts are received respecting the expedition against Beaufort in North Carolina..." and the details follow (see).
Page 5 has over a full column of news relating to the war from America (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 ... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, June, 1750 This issue features a full page plate of two Africans, one of whom, named Job, spent some time in Maryland as a slave, as noted in a brief article which includes: "...he was seized & carried to Joar where he was sold to Capt. Pyke, who...carried him to Maryland and sold him to a planter. Here Job lived about a year without... See More
Item #640254GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1775 A very historic issue as it contains the first report on the battle of Bunker Hill, which is signed in type: Thomas Gage. This report takes nearly an entire page and begins: "I am to acquaint your Lordship of an action that happened on the 17th of June instant between his Majesty's troops and a large body of the rebel forces. An alarm was... See More
August 18, 1746
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 18, 1746 The ftpg. has a report from Westminster which includes: "An Act for the more effectual disarming the Highlands in Scotland & for more effectual securing the peace of the said Highlands, & for restraining the use of the Highland dress..." and a bit more concerning the Jacobite Rebellion. Also on the ftpg. is a brief yet ... See More
May 16, 1767
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, May 16, 1767 Page 6 has a report headed: "America" with datelines from New York, one item noting: "...sailed from Bristol in June 1765 on board the sloop William, for the coast of Africa...where they continued 23 months purchasing slaves for a brig and themselves, and afterwards proceeded for St. Kitt's..." then report of a murder on board, and t... See More
February 12, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, Feb. 12, 1789 A nice newspaper from what was the nation's capital at the time, in fact Washington would be inaugurated in this city in just over 2 months. Pages 1, 3 & 4 are mostly filled with ads, with news reports on page 2 including a letter on the responsibility of elected representatives. Also a brief item concerning a truce with Indians. There is... 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
October 13, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 13, 1798 The front page has a letter from Maine: "To the President of the United States" concerning foreign encroachments on our land, which is followed by the: "Answer" signed in type: John Adams. Page 2 has a report of a death: "At Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. William Read, 28 surgeon of the United States frigate Constitution, and a... See More
February 24, 1787
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 24, 1787 The front page; contains the: "Copy of the French Minister's Letter, Mons. Calonne, to Mr. Jefferson, the American Ambassador at Paris..." which details the various economic agreements between France & England in terms of duties, trading, etc. (see).
Eight pages, never bound nor trimmed, 9 by 12 inches, very nice condition. ... See More
December 16, 1758
THE WHITEHALL EVENING POST OR LONDON INTELLIGENCER, England, Dec. 16, 1758 A very handsome issue with a very detailed engraving in the masthead, a red tax stamp on the ftpg., never bound nor trimmed, and in great condition. The ftpg. has various "London Intelligence" with pages 2, 3 & 4 almost entirely taken up with advertisements.
One of the earliest reported flights of a hot air balloon... On the Treaty of Peace... The capital at Williamsburg?
September 13, 1783
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, England, Sept. 13, 1783 Page 2 has a report headed: "The Areostatic Sphere" with details, from a letter from Paris dated Aug. 29, of a very early flight (preceding other reports) which happened on August 27. It begins: "A flying globe of near 13 get diameter, weighting between 25 and 30 pounds, committed to the winds in the Champ de Mars, the 27th... See More
December 14, 1773
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 14, 1773 A brief item headed "America" gives recent political appointments in Philadelphia (see). Otherwise various news of the day, mostly from England, with advertisements as well.
Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 inches, good condition.
June 26, 1799
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 26, 1799 On page 2 under "Died" is an inconspicuous obituary that reads, in full: "In Virginia, the 6th inst. the Hon. PATRICK HENRY, Esq. one of the Envoys appointed the last Session of Congress, to treat with the French Republic".
The back page has the lyrics of a "Song, For The 4th of July, 1799. To the tune of the 'Vicar of B... See More
January 20, 1682
THE WEEKLY PACQUET OF ADVICE FROM ROME: OR, THE HISTORY OF POPERY, London, Jan. 20, 1681/2 (double-dated depending on which calendar was used) An unusual anti-Catholic newspaper which has a short life before being suppressed. The theme of this issue is a harsh one: "The Cardinals vote, that if a Pope be negligent or unfit to govern, he may have Curators plac'd over him. Pope Urban the Six... See More
April 10, 1783
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, April 10, 1783 The first column of page 2 is an interesting report headed "London", reading in part: "A correspondent acquaints us that last night, when the letter which informed the public that provisional articles for a treaty of peace was signed between the commissioners of the king of Great Britain & the commissioners of the United S... See More
April 29, 1797
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 29, 1797 On the front page under "Laws of the United States" are three "Acts", each signed in script type: Go. Washington. Also, on the front page under "Masonic", is an address from Lodge, No. 22, of the Ancient York Masons, at Alexandria, to the President, delivered during a meeting attended by Washington, and signed in type b... See More
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