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The first article is a: "Debate on the Motion for Referring the Hessian Treaty to the Committee of Supply, Concluded: "which has much great discussion on using Hessian soldiers to assist in the war against America, beginning: "The method hitherto pursued to quell the rebellion in North... See More
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Promontory Point, Utah, June 27, 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,... See More
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 14, 1641 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 Renaudot but with influential back... See More
RUSSELL DAILY NEWS, Kansas, May 14, 1948 The top half of the front page has a two line, two column headline on one of the more significant Judaica reports of the 20th century: "New Jewish State Is Born; Violent Warfare Begins" with a one column subhead: "Jewish Dream Of 2000 Years Becomes Reality". There is a report datelined from Cairo concerning Egypt invading Palestine... See More
THE MONROE JOURNAL, North Carolina, April 16 and 23, 1912 This is a pair of weekly issues. In a newspaper which had small, one column heads for even notable events, this one column report at the top of the front page of the April 16 issue has a relatively large headline with: "Fearful Sea Disaster" and "World's Largest Steamship And Many Lives Lost" with e... See More
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Montgomery, Alabama, Oct. 7, 1864 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. See the information at the bottom of this listing.
This was the second appearance of the Appeal in Montgomery after being chased around the South (see below). The front page includes: "The A... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 13, 1868 The bottom of the front page, & carrying over to page 2, contains an extremely significant Judaica item headed: "Gen. Grant's Jew Order" "Letter of an Able Hebrew Lawyer in Support of the Republican Cause".
This relates to Ulysses S. Grant's General Order #11 from during the Civil War, known as the infamous "Jew Order".... See More
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 27, 1791 The entire first column on page 2 is taken up with a very historic document: "A Proclamation" in which Maryland & Virginia both offered to cede to the United States land upon which the capital would be created.
The text includes in part: "...the State of Maryland...cede(d) to Congress a district of ten mi... See More
DAILY DISPATCH, Richmond, Virginia, July 29, 1861 A nice newspaper from the capital of the Confederacy. Almost the entire front page is taken up with war-related reports with items headed: "Speech of Gov. Jackson of Missouri" "The Rich Mountain Fight--Statement of Col. Fulkerson" "From Gloucester Point" "From Yorktown" "From Norfolk" "Af... See More
PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 12, 1780 Under the heading "London" on the front page is an extract of: "...Doctor Franklin's 'Poor Richard's' " in which he says: "Taxes indeed...area heavy; and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many ... See More
THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Cochise County, Arizona, October 16, 1881 Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in popular culture. This issue was printed just ten days pr... See More
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 27, 1666 This is the oldest continually published newspaper in the world, having begun in 1665 and is still printing today. Obviously this is a very early issue, being issue #90. This was the time of the Great Plague which was ravishing Europe at the time. The bkpg. has a report from the Hague which makes reference to it with: "Our fleet still keeps th... See More
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, August 17, 1776 The front page contains a naval report from Philadelphia, carrying over to page 2, plus a report from General Howe noting: "…the rebels had more than 100 pieces of cannon for the defense of New York…it is no wonder he has not been more successful…" and more. There is reference to Bunker Hill in another brief report. Yet ano... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, April 15, 1865 Not only this event but this title remain among the most desired by collectors; a very significant event in American history reported by one of the most respected newspapers in the country.
The first column heads tell it all: "AWFUL EVENT" "President Lincoln Shot by an Assassin" "The Deed Done at Ford's Theatre Last Night" &qu... See More
THE ALASKAN, Sitka, Alaska Territory, June 4, 1887 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 ten years.
The format of the newspaper is much like other newspapers of the day, being four pages of small folio size (measures 13 by 20 in.).
The front page has an interesting articl... See More
A two issue set: CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 3 and 4, 1948
* Most recognized and sought after headline of the 20th century
See the photo 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 head
THE BLACK RANGE, Chloride, Sierra County, New Mexico, Oct. 25, 1889 A very rare ghost town newspaper!
An Englishman named Harry Pye discovered silver in the canyon where Chloride is now located. He staked a claim in 1881. A tent city grew up nearby and then a town, originally called Pyetown, then Bromide. The name "Chloride" was finally selected after the high-grade silver o... See More
UTICA MORNING HERALD, New York, July 7, 1863 Fully half of the front page is taken up with very fine, detailed accounts headed: "THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG" "Details and Incidents of the Fight". This carries over to take a full column on pg. 2. Page 2 also has a ice editorial headed: "The Glorious Victory" on the battle. Other pg. 2 items "The Morning's T... See More
EVENING BULLETIN, San Francisco, California, Dec. 18, 1863 One of the more popular and successful newspapers of the West Coast from during the Civil War. And page 2 prints one of the most famous speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address.
It is headed: "President Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg" and has nice prefacing comments, mostly about the address of the f... 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
THE POST BOY, Sept. 8, 1716 Near the top of the back page is a very significant item on the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. The report reads: "Christopher Wren, Esq., is removed from being Clerk of his Majesty's Works, and is succeeded by John Mercer Esq., formerly belonging to Mr. How's Office, as pay-master of the guards and garrison."
Christopher Wren is one of t... See More
NORTH GEORGIA GAZETTE AND WINTER CHRONICLE, the complete set of 21 issues bound in a volume including the half-title, First edition.
A weekly newspaper edited by Edward Sabine and written by members of the first Parry expedition (1819-1820) while at their winter quarters at Winter Harbour on Melville Island during them attempt to discover a North West Passage. It was circulated among the men in m... See More
THE QUEBEC GAZETTE / LA GAZETTE DE QUEBEC, Canada, January 5, 1775 One of the more rare titles we have the pleasure to offer, in fact this is the first of this title from the 1770's we have offered in our 41 years. A bilingual newspaper, the left column of each page is in English and the right column in French.
Page 2 has a very nice report, with a Williamsburg dateline, on the Battle o... See More
PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Aug. 12, 1775
* Battle of Lexington & Concord
* Revolutionary War beginning
Certainly the most notable content is found on page 3, being a report from the London Gazette detailing the historic battle of Lexington & Concord. The report, which includes the list of soldiers killed & wounded, is signed in type by: Thomas Gage, and takes over ... See More
Included is two pages on an: "Act for Prohibiting all Trade with America" which is followed by an: "Act of Massachusetts Bay for Fitting out Armed Vessels" which takes 3 pgs.
Also reported here is a: "Decl
Some of the content includes:
"Advantages for Gentlemen of Small Fortune to Settle in East Florida" "An Account of Greenland with a Description of the Manners, Customs, religious notions, etc." includes a plate showing an Eskimo(?) in a ... See More
MOTION PICTURE DAILY, Sept. 29, 1955 James Dean remains a cultural icon of the troubled & struggling teen from the 1950's, and his aura only increased when he died young in a car crash on September 30, 1955, the day after this issue was published. Although he only starred in 3 films (his third, "Giant", was released posthumously) his premature death cemented his legendary s... See More
THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, Philadelphia, April 10, 1766 The ftpg. begins with a nice of a recently published piece: "The Importance of the Colonies of North America...with Remarks on the Stamp-Duty". Then a lengthy letter concerning taxing the colonies (see for beginning). The ftpg. also has a: "List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office, Phila." which is signed in type:... See More
THE BLACK HILLS PIONEER, Deadwood City, Black Hills, October 21, 1876 The top of the front page under the heading "Wyoming Items" appears a note about the murder of Wild Bill Hickok: "Hon. J.J. Jenkins, U.S. Attorney for this Territory, will leave Cheyenne to-day for Yankton, Dakota, where he will prosecute McCall, the murderer of J.B. Hickok, (Wild Bill)."
Jack McCall ... See More
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
A singularly historic newspaper and the first time this issue has been ... 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
THE NEWBURYPORT HERALD, Massachusetts, Jan. 5, 1863
* President Abraham Lincoln
* Emancipation Proclamation
* Freedom for slaves - Negroes
* Battle of Stones River - Murfreesboro
Half a column at the top of the front page is taken up with the full text of the historic Emancipation Proclamation, headed; "Negro Emancipation Proclaimed" "By the President of the United St... See More
BOSTON DAILY JOURNAL, April 10, 1865
* General Robert E. Lee surrenders
* Battle of Appomattox Court House
* Lincoln's assassination a few days away
The top of the back page has the report of Lee surrendering to Grant at Appomattox, with column heads including: "Gloria In Excelsis Deo!" "SURRENDER OF GEN. LEE AND HIS WHOLE ARMY!" "The Terms Of Surrender&q... See More
The article, datelined "Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1752", begins by mentioning the reports about kite experiments, especially a di... See More
* United States Constitution ratification (PA & DE)
* Rare Boston, Massachusetts city view engraving
This title has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, having begun in September, 1786 and lasting until December, 1792.
The most notable content is actually the very rare foldout map titled: "A View of t... See More
THE INTELLIGENCER, London, May 8, 1665 Here is an uncommon title in newsbook format (the forerunner of newspapers), which has news from various cities in England and Europe. This title pre-dates the London Gazette, the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper (by exactly one month).
There is a report of a naval battle between the frigate Dartmouth and a privateer ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 21, 1863 It would be difficult to argue for a more notable or desirable Civil War newspaper. Combine the complete text of the historic Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, with this famous title by Horace Greeley, a Lincoln supporter, and this issue makes for one of the best newspapers one could own from the Civil War era.
Page 2 has a very lengthy, ... See More
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 5, 1781 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).
Most of the front page is taken up with an Act by Massachusetts worded: "An Act for Prev... See More
NEW YORK HERALD, July 13, 1804
* Alexander Hamilton death
* Aaron Burr duel
* Early 1st report
All columns on pages 2 and 3 are black-bordered for the death of the celebrated Alexander Hamilton, killed in a duel with Aaron Burr on July 11. This is an early report as a page 2 item datelined "July 12" announces: "The universal anxiety which agitates all classes of people... See More
DOUGLASS' MONTHLY, Rochester, New York, January, 1862
* Extremely rare title
Of the four publications of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, this title published the fewest number of issues, having begun in 1858 and ending in 1863. His "North Star", then "Frederick Douglass' Paper", and post-Civil War effort "The New National Era" being w
SUPPLEMENT TO THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, 1784 This "supplemental" issue produced at the end of the year begins with a nearly 6 page article: "A Summary Account of the Various Advantages Resulting from the Voyages of Discovery, Undertaken & Performed during the Present Reign: With an Accurate Chart of the N.W. Coast of America, and N.E. Coast of Asia, as Explored by th... See More
THE CRISIS, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1862 Given the focus of this controversial newspaper, being supportive of the Southern cause while publishing in the North, it is particularly noteworthy that this issue contains on page five the Emancipation Proclamation whereby President Lincoln would free the slaves on January 1 of the coming year.
The introductory subheads would be of no surprise as... See More
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 7, 1885
* Very rare Pat Garrett illustration
* American Old West lawman
* Billy The Kid assassin fame
Likely due to its location on the edge of the Western frontier, this newspaper typically contained a wealth sensational crime reports and events from the West than found in eastern newspapers.
Most of page 2 and part of pg. 3 are taken up with consider... See More
* Early and rare 18th century map
* Atlantic Ocean - West Indies
Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the terrific foldout map titled: "A New Map or Chart of the Western or Atlantic Ocean, with part of Europe, Africa, and America: Shewing the Course of the Galleons, Flota etc. to and from the West Indies." This
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1886 The full ftpg. shows: "Some Setters & Pointers at the Dog Show" with a related article inside. Other prints include: "The Canoe Exhibition", a Thomas Nast political cartoon: "The Root Of The Matter"; a doublepage centerfold of: "Trinity Church, Boston"; and a full page: "Unveiling the Statue of Senato... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1886
* Great 19th century baseball print
The full ftpg. shows: "Some Setters & Pointers at the Dog Show" with a related article inside. Other prints include: "The Canoe Exhibition", a Thomas Nast political cartoon: "The Root Of The Matter"; a doublepage centerfold of: "Trinity Church, Boston"; and a full ... See More