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February 28, 1693
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Feb. 28, 1693 The back page has an advertisement for the book which relates to the witchcraft trials in New England, reading: "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."
This is the only periodical we have ever seen with any reference ... See More
April 21, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 21, 1865 Perhaps the most noteworthy coverage is the front-page details regarding various services being held at local synagogues - which includes the congregations at "B'nai Israel," "Bikur Cholim U-Kadisha Synagogue," and "Shaari [Shaare] Zedek" with each synagogue draped in mourning black.
It is quite unusual to find front page men... See More
February 8, 1845
THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Feb. 8, 1845 One of the earliest newspapers we have offered from Hawaii, and fourteen years earlier than the few of this title we offered in recent years.
The "first series" of this title existed for just 1 1/2 years from 1840 to 1841. It proved unprofitable and was shut down. The editor reestablished the paper under the same title... See More
March 6, 1865
SPRINGFIELD DAILY REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, March 6, 1865 Page 2 has nearly a full column of text headed: "The Inauguration" with the details of Lincoln's second inaugural, and includes in the bottom portion the heading: "The Inaugural Address" which includes the immortal words: "...with malice toward no one, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as ... See More
December 1, 1791
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1791 Presented inconspicuously among other death reports is a brief yet very notable report on the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ending with a prophetic comment: " At Vienna, Wolfgang Mozart, the celebrated German composer. By his death the musical world will sustain an irreparable loss."
He died on December 5 ma... See More
Item #666701THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1769 Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice full page map of the Chesapeake region showing parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and all of Delaware.
The inset in the lower right corner reads: "A Map of that Part of America where a Degree of Latitude was Measured for the Royal Society: By Cha. Mason, & ... See More
June 7, 1863
SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, June 7, 1863 A very rare publication from the Confederacy which seldom comes to the collector market. Although much of the content was literary in nature, there are news reports and a few illustrations.
The front page is entirely taken up with a nice illustration of: "General Lawrence O'Brien Branch" beneath which is noted: "Killed at ... See More
July 26, 1876
THE NEW YORK HERALD, July 26, 1876 Page 6 has: "Custer's Last Battle" which introduces the report of the Crow Indian "Curley" who was the only survivor of the Custer Massacre, providing some editorial comment concerning Custer's bravery, etc.
The actual article is found on page 3 and takes 2 2/3 columns with some nice heads including: "CUSTER'S LAST FIGH... See More
July 1, 1953
DETROIT NEWS, Michigan, July 1, 1953 Page 53 has a two line, two column headline: "Plastic Corvette Begins To Roll" & above this head in smaller type: "Production Line Starts". The report begins: "Chevrolet's first production model Corvette, a sports with a plastic laminated fiber glass body, rolled off the company's Flint assembly line Tuesday..." &... See More
April 11, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 11, 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.
The front page has a report from Paris which reads in part: * ...number of officers, furnished with letters of recommendation from Messrs. Franklin &a... See More
October 12, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Oct. 12, 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.
The front page has a legal notice concerning a naval court case brought by John Barre, commander of the brigantine Lexington, against: "...James & Joshua, Negro sla... See More
May 8, 1945
THE STAR, Guernsey (Channel Islands), May 8, 1945 This English-speaking island in the English Channel was under Nazi control during World War II. This is a broadside issue (a single sheet printed on the front only; back is blank), of larger size than this newspaper typically published.
It is printed in broadside fashion--just one column of text stretching from edge to edge--headed: "TH... See More
Item #666437THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1776 It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remains a desire of most collectors to find an issue containing reference to it, and ultimately a contemporary printing of the actual document. With American newspaper printings commanding $50,000 or more in nice conditio... See More
April 23, 1934
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, April 23, 1934
* Outlaw John Dillinger
* Little Bohemia Lodge shootout
* Nice 1st report for display
The front page has a terrific banner headline announcing: "HUNT DILLINGER; 2 DIE, 4 SHOT" with a subhead noting: "Desperadoes Escape North Woods Trap".
The article carries over to page 8 where is a rather large map headed: "Dillinger Es... See More
February 25, 1862
THE DAILY SOUTHERN GUARDIAN, Columbia, South Carolina, Feb. 25, 1862
* Jefferson Davis inaugural address
* Rare Confederate publication
A rather rare title and great that it has the word “Southern”.
Certainly the most notable content begins page 2 being: "President Jefferson Davis's Inaugural address, delivered in Richmond, February 22, 1862" which takes ove... See More
December 2, 1762
SUPPLEMENT TO THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE For The Year 1762
* 18th century America map
* French and Indian War
This "Supplement" issue was printed at the end of the year, which has as its lead article a nice report titled: "General Observations on the Preliminaries of Peace, so far as they Relate to the Continent of North America..." which references the ter... See More
February 22, 1665
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Feb. 22, 1665 (1666 by today's calendar) Not only is the world's oldest, continually published English language newspaper (still publishes today) but it is also a very early issue, being #29.
The front page has a report from Venice referencing the Great Plague which was ravaging Europe at the time: "The Welcome...is arrived here laden with pilchards... See More
April 16, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 16, 1865 This date was a Sunday, and only rarely were Sunday newspapers bound into volumes held by libraries. As such, this date is arguably more scarce than the issue of April 15.
And when it comes to graphic appeal, I would suggest that this edition of the 16th surpasses that of the 15th. All columns on all 8 pages have black mourning rules for the death of Presiden... See More
October 4, 1862
LOS ANGELES STAR, California, Oct. 4, 1862 Quite rare to find Civil War era newspapers from Los Angeles, which at the time had a population of less than 5,000.
But the content is not just typical war-related reports. Page 2 begins with: "The President's Proclamation" which doesn't just have the full text of his historic document, but is prefaced with a quite lengthy editor... See More
March 19, 1772
THE MASSACHUSETTS GAZETTE & THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, March 19, 1772
* Rare colonial title w/ nice masthead
The front page has tw lengthy letters which question the independence of Massachusetts from England. One item notes: "...guarded against tend in my opinion to the destruction of the town, and must greatly affect the glorious cause of Liberty, which you as well as my... See More
September 11, 1701
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 11, 1701
* James II of England death
The back page has an historic report of the death of King James II, the last Catholic monarch of England who was deposed during the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and spend the remainder of his life in exile in France.
The report from Paris dated Sept. 17 reads: "The late King fell into a lethargy on the 14th in... See More
December 14, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 14, 1796
* President George Washington
* State of the Union Address
* Full text & signed in script
Most of page 2 is taken up with the historic last state-of-the-union address of President George Washington, headed: "SPEECH of The President of the United States" and ending with his signature in script type: Geo. Washington.
In this addr... See More
September 2, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 2, 1779 As you can see, this newspaper has one of the more beautiful mastheads of the Revolutionary War era.
Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with several Resolves from the Rhode Island Convention, some relating to the war effort.
Most of page 2 is taken up with a terrific account of the battle of Paulus Hook, New J... See More
October 18, 1871
THE CHICAGO TIMES, Oct. 18, 1871 A terrific issue from shortly after the disastrous fire which destroyed much of the city, and while it was beginning to recover.
The first column heads include: "THE FIRE" "A Resume of the Great Calamity" "Detailed Account of Its Origin and Progress" "The Destructive Advance of the Flames Through the City" "Scenes... See More
September 15, 1865
THE DAILY DENVER GAZETTE, Colorado, Sept. 15, 1865 This is actually a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not become a state until 1876, eleven years after this issue was published. And this is a volume one issue.
Outside of several issues of the Rocky Mountain News we have offered--which was Colorado's first newspaper--this is the earliest Colorado title we have offered. And Gregory ... See More
November 22, 1963
THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD, Texas, November 22, 1963
* John F. Kennedy assassination
* Best title to be had (1st report)
Serious collectors always try to obtain historic newspapers from the city where the event happened. For JFK's assassination that would be a Dallas newspaper.
Of the two newspapers which published in Dallas in 1963 only the TIMES HERALD reported the assassination o... See More
October 12, 1775
THE WEEKLY MAGAZINE OR EDINBURGH AMUSEMENT, Scotland, Oct. 12, 1775 Certainly the most interesting item in this issue is the quite rare foldout plate which is a chart of: "Eight Hundred and Seventy Exact DISTANCES of the most Noted TOWNS, FORTS, etc. in NORTH AMERICA...". This plate folds out to 7 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches and is in great condition.
Taking over 2 pages is an article: &q... See More
August 10, 1776
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, August 10, 1776
* Declaration of Independence
* First reported in England
* New York campaign
Of very special significance is the brief--yet significantly historic report: "...informed that the Continental Congress have declared the United Colonies free and independent states." Front page content doesn't get much better than this.
Almost al... See More
March 12, 1782
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, March 12, 1782
* George III of the United Kingdom
* American independence in question
A full column on the ftpg. & a full column on page 2 are taken up with: "Common Sense on the King of England's Speech" in which the king stubbornly refuses to admit defeat with the situation in America.
This commentary p... See More
September 25, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Sept. 25, 1781 Page 2 begins with a netter from North Carolina which includes a prophetic statement: "Future ages will celebrate the name of that illustrious hero who, by his activity & superior military talents has, for more than 8 months past so often baffled the enemy, always superior in numbers & every thing else ... See More
June 19, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, June 19, 1781 Inside has a few items relating to the Revolutionary War, including a bit noting: "...recommend unanimity, firmness and perseverance to the people of the American states as the British ministry are straining every nerve to enable Generals Clinton and Cornwallis to act in the most offensive manner thi... See More
October 19, 1878
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 19, 1878 This now very famous serious of photos, captioned: "The Science of the Horse's Motions" done by Mr. Muybridge, taught his how a horse truly trots and gallops. Previous to these photographs it was though that horses galloped much differently, hence the unusual paintings of horses in gallop prior to this time.
Page 3 has a related art... See More
Item #642836THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1783 Key articles include: "American Votes Respecting the Loyalists" (a report from Worcester, Massachusetts) and "American News", the latter giving some reports of a treaty between the United States and the chiefs of the Six Nations (see image for details).
Among additional articles noted in the table of contents are: "Pa... See More
January 22, 1649
A BRIEFE RELATION Of Some Affaires and Transactions, Civill and Military, both Forraigne and Domestique. London, England, January 15-22, 1649 These early "newsbooks" as they were called, were the immediate predecessors of today's newspapers, being rather small in size (measures about 5 by 6 3/4 inches) and usually with anywhere from 4 to 24 pages. This is an 8 page ... See More
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