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The Great Plague of London, reported in a period newspaper...
Item # 619416
August 9, 1666
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, August 9, 1666
* Earliest of newspapers to be had
* Report on the great plague (rare)
Not only is this a very early issue of the oldest continually published newspaper in the world (it started in 1665) but the bottom of the back page of this single sheet issue has a brief account of the week's death toll from the Great Plague which was ravaging much of Europe at that time. It reads: "The Account of this Weeks bill runs thus. The Total 336. Of the Plague 42. Decreased in all 5. Increased of the Plague 4."
Various other news of the day from throughout Europe. Measures 6 3/4 by 10 3/4 inches, some browning at the top otherwise in very nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's