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Early 1659 newsbook...

Item # 632880

December 29, 1659

MERCURIUS POLITICUS, London, December 29, 1659 

* 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.
Notable content includes a report From Algiers that states: "Within these few weeks the Pirates have seized on 3 Holland ships, the one having eleven guns mounted, the other Twenty-two, and the third Thirty, all three being in Company together, and bound for Cadiz, were taken by them and brought...here...shortly after they met with a Commission ship of Malaga, having ...28 guns, 20 Basses and 130 men which they mastered, and brought hither 280 Christian slaves. They also took a whole French Fleet, coming from Terra Nova, another ship they also took coming from Lisbon..."
Issue measures 8 3/8 by 6 3/4 inches, has 16 pages, in very good condition. Over 350 years old!

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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