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THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 18, 1787
* First announcement that the Constitution of the United States has been finalized
* In regards to historic announcements in U.S. history, this is rivaled only by the announcement that the Declaration of Independence had been signed
* The opening bid price for this item has been marked down by more than... See More
VALLEY SENTINEL, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1912 Although legendary athlete Jim Thorpe was born & grew up in Oklahoma, he has very close ties with the city of Carlisle. It was in 1904 when Thorpe attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School that his incredible athletic prowess was discovered by "Pop" Warner, one of the most influential coaches in early football history.... See More
VALLEY SENTINEL, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1912 Although legendary athlete Jim Thorpe was born & grew up in Oklahoma, he has very close ties with the city of Carlisle. It was in 1904 when Thorpe attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School that his incredible athletic prowess was discovered by "Pop" Warner, one of the most influential coaches in early football history. ... See More
* Famous pirate Captain William Kidd
* Historic & very rare report
* Execution - hanging
The London Gazette is the oldest continually published newspaper in the world, having started in 1665 and is still publishing today.
This issue contains on page two an exceedingly significant report--perhaps the rarest and most sought aft
A MONTHLY ACCOUNT OF THE PRESENT STATE OF AFFAIRS, (London), June, 1700 A quite rare monthly publication, this likely being the first we have offered in 40 years. Crane & Kaye notes that no American institution has any issue of this title, and only one is recorded in Europe, being the March, 1700 issue. As the title notes, the content report the various reports throughout Europe in the p... See More
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"... See More
WAPAKONETA DAILY NEWS, Ohio, July 21, 1969 A great issue on this significant event as this newspaper is from Neil Armstrong's hometown. Typically issues of this date carried a headline "Man Walks On Moon" but this hometown newspaper personalized the report honoring their local hero with: "NEIL STEPS ON THE MOON" (see).
This is likely the only newspaper in the country... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, January 13, 1901 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, coinciding with the need for this new product.
The discovery of oil in Beaumont, Texas, was the beginning of the oil i... See More
GRANT'S PETERSBURG PROGRESS, Petersburg, Virginia, April 5, 1865
* Extremely rare military title
* General Ulysses S. Grant
* The Siege of Petersburg ending
* Civil War coming to an end
An exceedingly rare newspaper and the first we have had the opportunity to offer. This newspaper lasted but four issues, printing on April 3, 5, 7 and 10 of 1865 by officers of the 37th Wisconsi... See More
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, March 9, 1861 Most of the front page is taken up with a very nice print captioned: "Jefferson Davis, First President of the New Southern Confederacy" with a related article on him, carrying over to page 2. The front page also has text on: "Our Portrait of the President" which relates to the terrific doublepage centerfold whi... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860 The front page has a print captioned: "The Japanese Embassadors in Their State Costume" with a related article, but the prime graphic print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of sla... See More
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 5, 1790 The back page has a first report of the death of the venerable Benjamin Franklin, headed: "Death Of Dr. Franklin" The full report takes over a full column & is shown in the photos, with the text beginning: "On the 17th of April the great and good Dr. Franklin finished his useful life at Philadelphia..." with more. Also inclu... See More
THE PROTESTANT (DOMESTICK) INTELLIGENCE, OR NEWS BOTH FROM CITY AND COUNTRY, London, England, March 15, 1681 Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a newspaper by Benjamin Harris. Harris was the first newspaper publisher in the colonies, having published "Public Occurrences Both Foreign & Domestick" in Boston in 1690. It lasted for only one issue.
Before emigrating to the colo... See More
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 21, 1641 (date is at the bottom of the back page) The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News"." This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Théophraste... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, February 21, 1918
* Knute Rockne named head coach
* Note Dame Fighting Irish
* NCAA college football
Here is a terrific report for any Notre Dame fan. A small one column headlines near the bottom of page 12 announces: "NEW NOTRE DAME COACH" "Rockne Appointed to Succeed Harper as Athletic Director" which tells of the hiring of Knute Rockne as the... See More
PRIVATE NEWS LETTER, Petrograd (St. Petersburg, Russia), April 18, 1917
* Russian Revolution of 1917
Noted under the title is "(Translations from Russian papers)". This is a very rare "newspaper", typewriter-set on four individual sheets, reproduced on a mimeograph machine.
Keep in mind that this was near the beginning of the Russian Revolution. A few years earlier... See More
THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, March 13, 1728 (1729 by today's calendar) Near the bottom of the front page is a terrific item noting: "Also the same day nine felons convicts, eight men and one woman, were brought from Oxford City to the Oxford-Arms at Holborn Bridge, and from thence carry'd down the river and put on board a ship in order for their being transported to his Majesty... See More
* A Map of Connecticut and Rhode Island with Long Island Sound, etc."
This issue begins with "Proceedings in the House of Commons..." which includes discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction as to have been able to inform you...that the troubles which... See More
THE CURRENT INTELLIGENCE, London, July 23, 1666 This is a very rare title as it lasted for only 24 issues, ending publication when the Great Fire of London struck in September of 1666. It was founded by famed publisher Henry Muddiman who was involved in several early publications including the first 2 issues of the London Gazette, eventually founding this newspaper as a competitor to it (for... See More
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, June 17, 1693
* Rare Salem witch trials advertisement
* Very early and rare 17th century title
The back page has an advertisement for the book "A Further Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches, with the Observations of a Person that was upon the place six or seven days, when the suspected Witches were first taken into Examination...&q... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY January 3, 1874
* Thomas Nast
* Santa Claus
The entire front page features a very desirable Thomas Nast illustration: "Christmas Eve - Santa Claus Waiting for the Children to Get to Sleep." which is very displayable (see photo). Nast Santa Claus prints are very desirable as he is credited with creating the modern, "jolly"... See More
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 1781
* Pre Siege of Yorktown - battle
* American Revolutionary War
This issue was printed just 3 days before Cornwallis would surrender to Washington at Yorktown. The front page has a report concerning a naval engagement in the Caribbean involving Sir Samuel Hood. Page 2 has a report mentioning Cornwallis with: &quo... See More
SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, January 23, 1864
* Very rare Confederate title
* General Edward Lloyd Thomas
The front page features a print of: "Brigadier-General E. L. Thomas" with a brief biography of him as well (see). Inside includes a column-long editorial on the Civil War, including: "The interval of winter is not one of inactivity to the enemy. Though... See More
THE RICHMOND WHIG, Virginia, July 24, 1863
* Post Gettysburg Confederate wounded
* From the capital of the Confederacy
Certainly one of the less common titles of the capital of the Confederacy. The top of the front page has a lengthy editorial titled "Yankee Humanity" which is very critical of the northern policies, citing some examples including: "Agents of states char... See More
RICHMOND ENQUIRER, Virginia, July 17, 1863
* Battle of Gettysburg
* From the rebel capital (rare)
One of the less common Confederate newspapers, and from the capital of the Confederacy as well giving added significance to the great content in this issue.
Certainly the most significant content would be the 2 1/2 columns on the front page taken up with the: "List of Casualties In ... See More
* Early Charleston SC church print
* The British Jew Bill
This issue contains a great full page print of: "St. Philip's Church in Charles Town, South Carolina" with just a small bit of text on it on the facing page reading: "The church is esteemed one of the most regular & complete structures of the kind i
* Very rare 17th century periodical
* English Civil War era
Here is an uncommon title in newsbook format (the forerunner of newspapers) "Comprising the sum of Foreign Intelligence, with the Affairs now on foot in the Three Nations Of England, Scotland & Ireland For Information of the People" as stated in the masthead
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 24, 1796 Over five columns of text on pages 2 & 3 are taken up with an historic report headed "Presidents Resignation", more commonly known as Washington's Farewell Address. The nation's first President announces his retirement from politics and explains why he decided against running for a third term.
In the address, which is: &... See More
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 11, 1779
* Treaty of Alliance with France
* American Revolutionary War
Page 2 has a letter from Sir Henry Clinton to Lord George Germaine concerning the Revolutionary War (see), but the prime content is certainly the text of the treaty of alliance between the American colonies and France, the support so important to the American cause in winning the... See More
* President George Washington
* Inauguration - inaugural address
Rarely are we able to offer an American imprint with a period report of Washington's inauguration and inaugural address.
The reporting of this signal event in American history is terrific. Before the printing of the inaugural address are several addresses of congratulat... See More
DAILY REBEL EXTRA. A truly terrific & exceedingly rare little broadside (printed on one side only), being a small "Extra" edition of the Famous "Chattanooga Daily Rebel" newspaper from the Confederacy. See the bottom of this listing for the interesting history of this "traveling" newspaper. This broadside measures just 4 by 5 3/4 inches, untrimmed with wide ... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 21 and 28, 1871
* Great Chicago Fire of 1871
A nice pair of consecutive issues on the Chicago fire, the Oct. 21 issue containing a very nice doublepage centerfold: "Bird's-Eye View of Chicago As It Was Before The Great Fire" as well other unrelated prints.
The Oct. 28 issues has a very dramatic doublepage centerfold: "Chicago I... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Feb. 2, 1860
* First Rabbi to lead prayer in Congress
* Judaica - Jewish - Jews
Page 5 has proceedings of the first session of the "Thirty Sixth Congress" and included is a brief but very historic account about the first time the proceedings were opened with a prayer by a rabbi. The account reads in part: "The proceedings were opened with a praye... See More
PUBLICK OCCURRENCES TRULY STATED, London, Aug. 14, 1688
* Rare 17th century title
In our over 40 years of dealing in rare newspapers, we have only once encountered this title. Only 34 issues of this newspaper were ever published.
A single sheet issue, 7 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches; nice, untrimmed margins. A very rare opportunity for a very rare newspaper.... See More
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 30, 1878
* Historic Phonograph invention
* Thomas Edison - inventor
Appearing on inside pg. (see photo) is a nice 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch illustration of Edison's recent invention--the phonograph. Amazed by this uncomplicated apparatus, the report begins: "It is a peculiar feature of the Edison phonograph that no mere description
FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Texas, Feb. 22, 1965
* Malcolm X assassination (1st report)
* Fiery Negro extremist
This is a newspaper difficult to find as it was saved by very few. The headline reports: "Malcolm X Gunned To Death at Rally" with a photo of him, and two subheads: "Man, 22, Charged In Slaying" and "Muslims Expelled Malcolm"
Complete with all ... See More
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Burlington, Iowa, June 30, 1870
* First Transcontinental Railroad "Overland Route"
* Very first excursion published newspaper (#11)
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 eas... See More
DAILY NEWS, Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 1942 Simply a fantastic report on what is known as the "Battle of Los Angeles". The front page has as quite large & dramatic headline: "GUNS FIRE IN L.A. BLACKOUT" with a smaller head noting: "Planes Threaten Harbor". The report begins: "The drumming of anti-aircraft fire early this morning woke thousands of residents o... See More
THE NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 9, 1864
* Abraham Lincoln's election win (2nd)
* Civil War reporting
The first column headlines on the front page proclaim: "THE ELECTION" "All Quiet Along the Voting Line of the Country" "The Result of the Great National Contest" "ABRAHAM LINCOLN Re-Elected PRESIDENT" "And Andrew Johnson, Of Tennessee, Elected ... See More
The King declares Americans are free & independent people... Treaty between England & America is signed...
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, February 25, 1783
* Provisional Articles of Peace
* Ending the Revolutionary War
* America declared independent
Certainly the most notable content in this issue is the very historic speech by the King of England to his Parliament, dated Dec. 5, 1782, which takes most of page 2, declaring that the Americans are free & indepe... See More
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE--EXTRA, Aug. 6 1962
* Death of Marilyn Monroe (1st report)
* Actress, singer, model and sex symbol
A terrific & very displayable issue as the bold banner headline announces: "MARILYN MONROE IS FOUND DEAD" with a subhead: "Overdose Of Sleeping Pills---Star Leaves No Notes" with more.
Given that her fame was gained in Los Angeles and she ... See More
LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 23, 1934
* John Dillinger shot dead
* Chicago theater - 1st report
This has one of the nicer banner headlines on the death of his noted desperado: "DILLINGER KILLED BY FEDERAL OFFICERS" with a subhead: "Public Enemy Shot To Death As He Leaves Chicago Show" and additional subheads as well (see) including a photo of Dillinger headed: &quo... See More
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 2, 1780
* Revolutionary War
* Great masthead
The front page has: "A Short Vindication of the Religious Society Called Quakers, against the aspersions of a nameless writer in the Pennsylvania Packet of the 12th instant", signed in type: John Drinker. Also: "Doctor Morgan's Appeal to the Free Citi... See More
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, February 8, 1781
* American Revolutionary War
The front page has a report which includes: "...In the flag which arrived here last Thursday from New York came 30 American prisoners, belonging to different parts of New England, who are all sick and in a distressed situation; They left about 170 others in the prison ship, great part of whom are als... See More
THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Georgia, August 23, 1919
* Coca Cola Company goes public
A very significant newspaper, as page 2 contains a report announcing that: "Coca Cola Stock On The Market Soon" with the text providing some details as to the historic sale of the company by the famed Asa Candler to an investment company destined to offer shares on the market (see).
The... See More
* Repealing the Stamp Act, in a London magazine
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 res... See More
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., November 10, 1860
* Abraham Lincoln's 1st election
* From the Nation's capital (best)
* The definitive report
This is the tri-weekly edition of this famous newspaper, which is perhaps the best newspaper to have with news on any Presidential election, being from the nation's capital.
Page 3 has a report headed: "Result of the... See More
GAZETTE, Paris, France, February 23, 1641 (date is in the imprint at the bottom of the back page).
* Earliest of newspapers to be had
This extremely early newspaper is filled with news reports with datelines from throughout Europe, including Naples, Rome, Nuremberg, Frankfort, Amsterdam, Cologne, with the back two pages containing reports from France. There are no advertisements.
This... See More