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July 10, 1708
A REVIEW OF THE STATE OF THE BRITISH NATION, London, July 10, 1708 From research done by the prestigious London rare book firm of Pickering & Chatto, this is: "...one of Daniel Defoe's greatest, but least known, works. The Review covered his many interests, both literary and historical. It had a tiny original print run of just 400, making this a very rare title.
Defoe's &qu... See More
August 1, 1779
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1779 The first article is a: "Summary of Debates in Parliament.." which has some commentary on the Revolutionary War, mentioning in part: "...He did not...recruit our armies for the purpose of carrying on a ruinous war in America; a war...ought for every reason of policy & humanity to be abandoned..." (see) & other war... See More
August 1, 1765
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1765 Among the articles within are: "Useful Observations on the Intended Import of Timber from America" and "Defects of that Already Imported". Also: "Description of Vauxhall Gardens" which includes a nice foldout plate of it measuring 7 1/2 by 11 inches & is in nice condition (see photos).
Other items include: ... See More
July 1, 1755
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1755
* Early Mention of George Washington
A very nice magazine from the late 18th century with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
... See More
June 1, 1750
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
June 1, 1732
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1732 The issue begins with 33 pages of "A View of the Weekly Disputes & Essays in this Month". This section has various reports from the many newspapers in England including the Daily Courant, Universal Spectator, Applebee's Journal, Weekly Register, London Journal, Fog's Journal, The Craftsman, The Free Briton, and more. Thes... See More
December 1, 1786
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, December, 1786 This title has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, having begun in September, 1786 and lasting until December, 1792.
The inside cover has a report that: "The legislature having granted to the American Philosophical Society, a lot of ground in the statehouse square, for which to erect a convenient building..." fo... See More
January 18, 1768
THE BOSTON GAZETTE & COUNTRY JOURNAL, Jan. 18, 1768 Over half of the front page is taken up with "Letter VI" of the very famous series of twelve letters by John Dickinson, headed: "Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania, to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies". (See this hyperlink for full text of this letter.) Dickinson was a Pennsylvania attorney & legislator... See More
September 9, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Sept. 9, 1775 The front page has an interesting letter concerning the beginning of the Revolutionary War noting: "Civil war is now commenced & the brightest gem in the crown of Great Britain at stake...The public money is squandered away & the nation 130 million in debt...we have a war to support against the spirit & liberty of our cons... See More
October 1, 1789
Lot of seven different issues of the MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE ranging from 1789 thru 1796, all with some sort of damage within. Mostly about 40 pages & measuring about 5 by 8 1/2 inches.
October 1, 1754
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1754
* The Albany Congress for the union of America's colonies
Inside under America is a July 29 report from New York about the famous Albany Congress stating that: "...on the 16 instant the lieutenant-governor arrived from Albany ...having settled matters to the entire satisfaction of all the nations of Indians that attended the cong... See More
October 1, 1787
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1787 Near the back, and under the heading: "America", is a page mostly taken up with the creation of a new society "...instituted in Philadelphia consisting of some of the most respectable people in the province of Pennsylvania..." with the introduction of their constitution printed here & which includes: "...it havi... See More
May 16, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 16, 1789 Being from the nation's capital at the time, and from the very beginning of the new federal government (Washington was inaugurated April 30) it is not surprising this newspaper would have an ad on page 3 headed: "The President's Household" reading: "Whereas all servants and others, employed to procure provisions or supplies ... See More
November 1, 1762
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1762 Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a nice, detailed engraving of the heart of George II, the late king of England who recently died. As the magazine describes it as: "...an anatomical representation of the Heart of his late Majesty, as it appeared upon opening his Body, in the presence of his Majesty's Physicians, e... See More
April 1, 1765
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1765 Among the items within are: "An Account of the Life of John Wicliff [Wycliffe]" "Remarks on a Plan for Amending the Highways" "An Account of the Eastern Plane-Tree, or Sycamore" "An Account of the Imprisonment of John Bunyan" and so much more.
Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which... See More
August 30, 1781
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Aug. 30, 1781 A very handsome issue as the masthead features an engraving taken from one done by Paul Revere for colonial currency at the time. It is a very patriotic device showing a soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll with 'Independence' in the other, with the words 'Appeal To Heaven" above him (se... See More
March 29, 1797
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 29, 1797 The front page has much report on the: "Proceedings of the Columbian Federal Congress". Inside has news reports from Europe including London, as well as from Savannah, Worcester, Boston, Hartford, and New York.
Four pages, scattered foxing, nice condition.
January 27, 1796
THE HERALD, A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 27, 1796 The front page has reports from the: "Federal Legislature - House of Representatives" which carries over to pg. 2. Page 3 has an item beginning: "The Shakers in the neighbourhood of New Leganan Spring...are of late in a great fermentation which seems to indicate an approaching revolution among them...".
The b... See More
February 5, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, Feb. 5, 1789 This issue is from just before Washington's election and inauguration in this city, as well as the formation of the federal government. This was a very significant year in American history. The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 2 has various news reports from Boston, Philadelphia, and New York, plus an ad headed: "For Sale, A Y... See More
March 26, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, March 26, 1789 This issue is from the month before Washington's election and inauguration in this city. The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 3 has a report concerning: "...the following terms, conditions & regulations for licensing a certain number of ferry boats to ply between this city and Brooklyn on Nassau or Long Island..." w... See More
September 14, 1758
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Sept. 14, 1758, Dec. 9, 1760, March 24, 1764, Oct. 13, 1767, & March 6, 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 measu... See More
January 6, 1746
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1746 A nice issue from the Jacobite Rebellion era, with front page reports concerning the Jacobite Rebellions, with datelines of Inverary, Dumfries, & Edinburgh, with more on the inside as well including a report beginning: "The Rebels left Glasgow on Thursday last after impoverishing both that city and country adjacent...". More... See More
March 19, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, March 19, 1795 The front page has two Acts of the Mass. legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams. One is concerning the punishing of criminal offenders, etc. Page 3 has some reports concerning the Jay Treaty.
Four pages, light damp stain near the spine, nice condition.
June 1, 1784
THE BOSTON MAGAZINE, Massachusetts, June, 1784 An uncommon 18th century magazine from America, still with its title/index page noting the content within. Included is a nearly 6 page, detailed article on the beginning of ballooning, titled: "Description of Experiments Made with the Aerostatic Machine invented by Messieur DeMontgolfier...". Also an article on a snake, the: "Colu... See More
December 1, 1768
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1768 Perhaps the most notable aspect of this issue is that it still as the blue outer wrappers, which were almost always removed when they were bound into volumes. Somehow these survived (see).
Two pages headed: "Address of the Council at Boston to General Gage" in which they complain of troubles caused by England, noting in part: &q... See More
December 1, 1768
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1768 Two pages headed: "Address of the Council at Boston to General Gage" in which they complain of troubles caused by England, noting in part: "...In this time of public distress, when the general court ...is in a state of dissolution, when the metropolis is possessed with troops & surrounded by ships of war, & when more... See More
February 1, 1772
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1772 Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Part of WEST FLORIDA" from Pensacola to the Mouth of Iberville River, with a View to shew the Proper Spot for a Settlement on the Mississippi." The map shows much detail (see) and includes a nice inset of a "Plan for a ... See More
November 1, 1779
THE UNITED STATES MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, November, 1779 In the entirely of the Revolutionary War only two American magazines existed, they being this one and the "Pennsylvania Magazine" which published in Philadelphia as well, from January, 1775 thru July, 1776. The "United States Magazine" was the only American magazine which published during the heart of the war and la... See More
October 4, 1766
THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland A lot of five issues from 1765 & 1766 (4 are the latter) from during the Stamp Act period, but I find no such mention. A great wealth of news of the day. All complete with 8 pages, untrimmed margins, nice condition.
February 15, 1779
ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, Feb. 15, 1779 The front page has a brief item noting: "...brought to Lord George Germaine's office...arrived from New York...an account of the surrender of the province of Georgia to his Majesty's Troops under the command of Col. Campbell..." Also a mention that the militia of Jamaica: "...consists of 10,000 men, besides 2000 Neg... See More
January 2, 1783
DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, Derby, England, Jan. 2, 1783 The top of the front page has a bit concerning the Revolutionary War (see). Page 2 has a lengthy letter from New York concerning recent situations there (see). The top of the back page has a bit noting that negotiations for peace being broken off.
Four pages, folio size, red tax stamp on the ftpg., very nice condition.
January 1, 1778
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Jan. 1, 1778 Page 2 contains some nice reports on the Revolutionary War with one beginning: "Our spirits, which were much elevated by the success of Gen. Howe in Pennsylvania, and the detachments up the North river are now depressed with the news of the devoted Burgoyne & his brave handful of men being lost to their country in this quarter. The Provincials are ... See More
October 29, 1785
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 29, 1785 The masthead features one of the larger & nicer engravings to appear on an 18th century newspaper (see). Page 3 has a report which includes: "...a letter dated...state of Frankland, Aug. 20, 1785" See the hyperlink for the short-lived "state" of Franklin.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed... See More
July 17, 1789
THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, July 17, 1789 Page 3 has: "Plantation News" with reports from Jamaica, as well as a: "...letter from a gentleman in St. Augustine, East Florida, to his friend in the United States..." (see). Page 2 has a report headed: "Battle of Finland".
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, full red tax stamp on pg. 3, great conditi... See More
October 25, 1760
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 25, 1760 Only to be had in a London newspaper is this very rare, same-day report of the death of the king. At the top of the back page is a heading: "Postscript" with news recently received, the text noting: "This morning about seven o'clock, departed this life, at his palace at Kensington, his Sacred Majesty our most graciou... See More
October 14, 1757
LLOYD'S EVENING POST & BRITISH CHRONICLE, London, Oct. 14, 1757 Over half of the front page has news reports headed: "America" with datelines of Kingston (Jamaica), Charleston, & Philadelphia, the latter having reports on the French & Indian War. Pages 2 & 3 contain a nice account of the siege of Fort William Henry which includes a letter signed in type by: Mont... See More
April 30, 1743
THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, (Boston), April 30, 1743 This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues, including one by Ben Franklin. And 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", this 8 ... See More
August 18, 1715
THE POST BOY, London, England, August 18, 1715
* Rare early 18th century title
* Masthead engravings
This is one of our favorite early newspapers as it is single sheet, small size, and has two great engravings in the masthead making it very nice for display (see photos). The front page has various reports from throughout Europe while the entire back page is taken up with ads.
Measu... See More
October 1, 1760
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1760 (w/o map) A very nice magazine from the French & Indian War period from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting... See More
December 1, 1765
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London England, December, 1765 This issue has a great wealth of reporting from America, most focused on the Stamp Act and the growing, troubling relationship between England & the colonies.... See More
Among the articles within are "The Grievances of the American Colonies Candidly examined. Printed by Authority at Providence in Rhode Island" and "On t
Among the articles within are "The Grievances of the American Colonies Candidly examined. Printed by Authority at Providence in Rhode Island" and "On t
June 1, 1761
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1761
* Two full page plates
A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lastin... See More
December 28, 1723
THE LONDON JOURNAL, England, Dec. 28, 1723 One of the more decorative mastheads to be found, which includes a nice view of the skyline of London along with coat-of-arms insets in the upper corners. The first letter on the front page is extremely ornate as well (see). Filled with various news reports from Europe, plus a nice assortment of advertisements as well, including a nice illustr... See More
January 6, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 6, 1776 On page 4 is: "...a Copy of the ARTICLES of CONFEDERATION and perpetual union, entered into by the DELEGATES of several of the colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, &c. in General Congress met at Philadelphia, May 10th, 1775." This is the complete text of the Articles which was the agreement of the original thirteen colonies in es... See More
April 19, 1779
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 19, 1779 Two columns on pages 1 & 2 are taken up with: "Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America in the Years 1766, 1767, and 17678. By J. Carver..." which has some interesting reading. One item notes: "...many obstructions would arise to my scheme from the want of good maps and charts; for the French, whilst they retai... See More
July 24, 1797
AMERICAN MERCURY, Hartford, July 24, 1797 The entire front page & some of pg. 2 are taken up with an Act of Congress: "Laying duties on Stamped Vellum, Parchment & Paper" signed in type: Thomas Jefferson & John Adams & others. Pages 2 has 6 more Acts of Congress each signed by John Adams & a few by Thomas Jefferson.
Four pages, some foxing at folds, some minor ... See More
March 19, 1789
THE INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER OR CHRONICLE OF FREEDOM, Philadelphia, March 19, 1789 Page 2 has a report" "The manner of the death of Ethan Allen, Esquire, was nearly as he had frequently wished it might be. He was in his barn-yard & feeling his dissolution rapidly approaching, said to a boy with him, 'Take good care of the creatures", and fell dead on the ground." He ... See More
September 3, 1778
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR, AMERICAN ORACLE OF LIBERTY, Worcester, Sept. 3, 1778 This newspaper published by the famed Isaiah Thomas is undoubtedly one of the more significant & notable titles of the Revolutionary War era. It is worth nothing that the famed printer Isaiah Thomas was the publisher, having begun this newspaper in 1770. An ardent patriotic, as the extended title to h... See More
February 6, 1790
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 6, 1790 Page 3 has an article concerning the famed boxers Humphries and Daniel Mendoza: "Yesterday Humphries and Mendoza waited on Sir Sampson Wright...with their sureties...were informed...that if they should attempt to challenge each other...they would be subject to severer penalties: they both promised they would not, though Mendoza said he could h... See More
July 8, 1758
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 8, 1758 Inside has over half a column headed: "America" being a letter from Philadelphia noting in part: "Our military operations are nearly as late as usual...There will be about 16,000 provincials raised north-eastward of Delaware...500 rangers under Major Rogers...the professed design is to invade Canada by the route of Crown Point. Gener... See More
November 13, 1770
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 13, 1770 Page 2 has: "America" with news from Philadelphia noting: "...consequence of an agreement...by several importers of dry goods...a large body of inhabitants met this day at the State House at Philadelphia...came to the following resolutions...That the adopting the Maryland agreement...would..tend to keep up a harmony among the Coloni... See More
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