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One of the best mastheads we've seen... Fostering freethought...

Item # 643132 THE BOSTON INVESTIGATOR, Boston, Massachusetts, 1880-1882  A newspaper which holds the distinction of being the first American newspaper dedicated to the philosophy of freethought. Each issue has a highly displayable graphic masthead which includes the text: Truth, Perseverance, Union, Justice - The Means, Happiness the End, Hear All Sides - Then Decide, with various depictions of books labelled, Hume, Voltaire, Jefferson, Paine, Ingersoll, Volney, and two others we have yet have confidence as to who they are: Hobbs (Thomas Hobbes?) and Kneeland (Abner Kneeland?). The contents includes news of the day and period advertising, but is focused on articles in keeping with the publisher's mission. Would look absolutely wonderful framed.

Complete in 8 pgs., 20 1/2 by 14 inches, very nice condition.

Question: Are you able to definitively ascertain either of the two philosophers shown within the masthead that we're struggling to identify? If so, please let us know.

Note: Although dates will vary, they will all contain the displayed masthead and will be dated within the range of 1880-1882. Multiple issues may be ordered.

Category: Post-Civil War

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