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Item #648275GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May 1773 Certainly the most significant item in this issue is the great article: "Some Account of Phillis, a Learned Negro Girl" which is a letter to the publisher stating: "Proposals have just been published for printing by subscription, some poems written by Phillis, a negro servant of Mr. Wheatley, of Boston, in New England, the following a... See More
September 30, 1927
THE NEW YORK TIMES, A very notable pair of issues dated Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 1927 reporting Babe Ruth tying the home run record (his own), then breaking it the next day, a record that would stand until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961.
September 30: The sports page has a banner headline announcing: "Fans Acclaim Ruth as He Hits Two Homers and ties Own Record; Cards Lose". The first co... See More
January 6, 1920
THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 6, 1920
* Babe Ruth sold to New York Yankees
Page 16 has one of the most historic and sought-after banner headlines for any baseball collector, reading: "RUTH BOUGHT BY NEW YORK AMERICAN FOR $125,000, HIGHEST PRICE IN BASEBALL ANNALS". The first column subheads include: "Yanks Buy Babe Ruth For $125,000" "Highest Purchase Price in Baseball... See More
March 8, 1753
THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, March 8, 1753 This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.
The imprint appears at the bottom of the back page, noting: "New York: Printed by J. Parker at the New Printing Office in B... See More
February 11, 1693
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Feb. 11, 1693 The back page has an advertisement for the book "The Second Edition of the late TRYALS of several WITCHES in New-England. Written by Cotton Mather, and Published by the Special Command of the Governour." (see)
This is the only periodical (similar ad appeared in multiple issues) we have ever seen with any reference to the famous wit... See More
June 28, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Laramie, Wyoming, June 28, 1870 This is a very fascinating newspaper, borne in the ingenious mind of a publisher who decided to take a small printing press on board the first transcontinental railroad excursion and publish 6 issues westbound and 6 issues eastbound. Printed on a Gordon press in the baggage car, it is considered the very first newspaper composed, print... See More
August 26, 1779
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, August 26, 1779 A nice feature of the masthead is a great engraving taken after one done earlier by Paul Revere, showing a patriot soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll reading "Independence" in the other (see).
The ftpg. is taken up with a fine account of the Battle of Grenada from during the Revolutionary ... See More
February 24, 1862
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, Feb. 24, 1862 Not only is this a great Confederate newspaper, but it is from the capital of the Confederacy, and as such contains a great wealth of the latest news and battle reports.
Perhaps the most significant content in this issue is the content relating to the establishment of the Southern Confederacy, as the Confederate Constitution and Presidency ar... See More
September 22, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Grenada, Mississippi, Sept. 22, 1862 If the title and city of publication seem to be in conflict, they are not. This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War. Memphis was a Confederate stronghold up through the Battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862, at which time the Yankees moved in and it became a Yankee city. Being a strong voice for the Confederacy, ... See More
July 16, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 16, 1831 Inside has a fine and very early account of the formation of the Mormon church, headed: "Mormonism". The bias against the Mormons is revealed in the report, which includes: "...certain knaves, pretending to have some holy writings hidden under a stone in Ontario county...started a new religion! The leaders make bold prete... See More
May 14, 1886
THE DAILY TOMBSTONE, Tombstone, Arizona, May 14, 1886 Here is a newspaper from perhaps the most famous town of the Old West era which has a nice back page advertisement for the O.K. Corral (shown in the inset). Has four pages containing various news of the day, plus bits of local news and many ads, all done in the typical Old West format. The year in the dateline is listed as 86 (the... See More
June 20, 1775
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 20, 1775 The back page has a letter which describes the first shots of the Revolutionary War as the British marched from Boston towards Concord to destroy a colonial arms depot. Text includes: "...the late engagement between the King's troops and the provincials, a brigade of about 850 or 900 men marched from Boston on the night after the 18th of ... See More
January 10, 1863
SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, Jan. 10, 1863 A very rare publication from the Confederacy, only a few issues of which having come into our inventory over the past 35 years. Although much of the content was literary in nature, there are news reports and a few illustrations.
The front page features a nice print of: "Gen. Benj. Franklin Cheatham" with much of the balance of the... See More
November 4, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1775 Pages 1, 2, and 3 contains a series of letters to and from Governor Thomas Gage, who had recently been recalled to England, giving up his command of British forces in America to Gen. Howe. Each is signed by him in type, and one--which appears on the front page--gives a warning to his people with his closing remark: "...hope th... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1776 The prime feature of this issue is the great map showing all of the western hemisphere titled: "A New Projection of the Western Hemisphere of the Earth on a Plane shewing the proportions of its several parts nearly as on a Globe, By J. Hardy, at Eton College." The map is dated at the bottom: "by F. Newbery, Ludgat... See More
November 3, 1948
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 3, 1948 See the photos for what is arguably the most recognizable headline of the 20th century: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN". Even those not remotely knowledgeable about historic newspapers are familiar with this headline as it appeared in countless history books, historical reviews of the 20th century, and presidential campaign and election reports.... See More
October 20, 1759
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 20, 1759 Page 6 has the: "Abridgment of the Placart Published by Gen. Wolfe...on His Arrival in the River St. Lawrence, 1759" containing in part: "The King justly exasperated against France, has set on foot a considerable armament by land and sea, to bring down the naughtiness of that Crown... The Canadians cannot be ignorant of their situat... See More
July 6, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 4 to July 6, 1776 Part of the magic of this issue is the date. All issues of the Chronicle (and many other titles of the period) were double-dated, with the date span of news the issue covered. This title was published 3 times a week and the dateline reads: "...July 4, to Saturday, July 6, 1776". It is always exceedingly desirable to have a newsp... See More
November 26, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 26, 1776 Page 6 has a letter dated Sept. 23 from New York which includes an exceedingly significant report. The report includes: "...Yesterday we hanged an officer of the Provincials who came as a spy...". Noting that this letter is dated "From New York Island, Sept. 23", and with the records verifying that Nathan Hale was hanged on Sep... See More
December 15, 1855
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 15, 1855 This is the very first issue, volume one, number one, of what would become the first truly successful illustrated newspaper in America, predating even the famous Harper's Weekly by more than a year. Following on the heels of the Gleason's/Ballou's publication which lasted about 10 years, Leslie's would last for 65 years.... See More
January 3, 1765
PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, January 3, 1765 This is perhaps one of the most famous newspapers of the colonial era, almost entirely because it was printed by the partnership of Franklin & Hall as indicated by the imprint at the bottom of the back page which lists him by name, and identifies him as the Postmaster as well: "Printed by B. FRANKLIN, Post-Master, and D. HALL, at the New-Printing-Offi... See More
December 4, 1782
THE ROYAL GAZETTE, New York, December 4, 1782 This is a case where the rarity of the title equals the historic content within. This was a Tory newspaper by the infamous James Rivington who was supportive of the British cause.
Rivington's initially impartial stance shifted as the revolution loomed and public opinion polarized, until by late 1774 he was advocating the restrictive measures... See More
December 31, 1774
"THE ANNUAL REGISTER, Or A View of the History, Politics & Literature, For the Year 1774" The "Annual Register" was created in London in 1758 by the publishers James and Robert Dodsley, conceived as an annual publication which would review the history, politics and literature of the day. They employed Edmund Burke to do much of the writing. By the 1760s The Annu... See More
Item #640281THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1766 The first article in the issue is: "A Summary of the Arguments Against Repealing the Stamp Act", which was such a divisive issue both in England and the American colonies. This article takes 2 1/2 pages and contains some interesting read (see for portions).
As an interesting response to the above, by far the most significant conten... See More
September 27, 1811
COURRIER D'AMSTERDAM or the COURIER VAN AMSTERDAM, September 27, 1811 (No. 271) This was a daily newspaper published in Amsterdam during the French occupation of Holland. It is bilingual: half printed in French and half in Dutch. Two mastheads as well, one in each language.
In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte annexed Holland to his empire, hence this newspaper being in two languages. This ... See More
August 9, 1775
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, Aug. 9, 1775 A great issue on several accounts. Page 2 has a report which reports the Battle of Lexington & Concord, noting: "..from New York...and has brought papers dated the 25th of April last, which mention an engagement having happened on the 19th of the same month with the Bostonians, who killed & wounded 160 of the regulars; a... See More
March 2, 1778
EXTRA SUPPLEMENT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, March 2, 1778 This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
An unusual "Extra" edition, with the entire front page taken up with a report from the "House of Lords" concerning the American Revolutionary War, bits i... See More
March 9, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, March 9, 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.
Over half of the front page is taken up with: "The following rules for establishing a Society for Relieving the Distresses of Prisoners...". Page 2 has reports fro... See More
September 20, 1666
THE LONDON GAZETTE , England, Sept. 20, 1666 The front page has mention of the Great Plague which ravaged Europe at this time, reporting: "The Plague is very hot at Dunkirk & Bergue in which last place, the governor of the Fort St. Louis is dead & the Baron d'Arnicourt fallen sick." The back page has a rare mention of the Great Fire of London noting: "This day was presen... See More
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