Newspapers from the 1700s

The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.

Newspapers from the 1700s

The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
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678027

First Battle of Saratoga... Five categories of American politics...

Item #678027
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Nov., 1777  The first article is: "Debate in the House of Lords...Relative to the American War" taking over 4 pages & continued from a previous issue.

Further on is an interesting article: "Political Character of the Americans" which begins: "The people of America, with respect to their political characters, may be divided in... See More  

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$58.00
678013

First naval battle of the Revolutionary War between the British & French...

Item #678013

June 27, 1778

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 23-27, 1778 



* Naval conflict between the Belle Poule vs. the Arethusa

* British and French frigates - 1st naval battle

* Action of 17 June 1778




A  very notable issue reporting a significant naval event in the Revolutionary War. The front page & nearly half of pg. 2 are taken up with letters headed: "Victory, at Sea" which give deta... See More  

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678009

Nice map of Jamaica...

Item #678009
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1762  This magazine still has the full page plate of "A Map Of the Island of Jamaica" which shows much detail (see). This map measures 5 by 8 inches and is in very nice, clean condition (see). There is also a report which relates to it titled: "Weak State of the Island of Jamaica" (see for portions).

There is also another artic... See More  

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$168.00
677975

Earliest ice cream advertisement we have seen...

Item #677975

January 10, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1795 



* President George Washington era

* Very early ice cream advertisement




In addition to various news reports found inside, the front page has the earliest "Ice Cream" advertisement we have seen in any newspaper.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.... See More  

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677726

1795 - Early brewing (for the poor)... account of Baal worship...

Item #677726
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1795  Two of the more interesting items are: a "Cheap Mode For Brewing" and an account of Baal worship in Ireland. Among the additional articles within as noted in the title/index page are: "Mansfield Church--Dr. Jeremy Taylor" "Hints Respecting the Culture of Potatoes" "Private Vices & Public Virtues Contrast... See More  

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677690

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677690

July 21, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 21, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (5) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 17 illustrated ship ads and 1 slave related ad. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, light damp stain at the upper right corner, nice condition.... See More  

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677687

18th century Philadelphia, Pennsylvania......

Item #677687

January 05, 1795

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 5, 1795



* Rare 18th century American publication



Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements.

Four pages, tiny binding holes along the spine, very nice co... See More  

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677617

18th century Negro boy for sale ad...

Item #677617

December 22, 1794

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 22, 1794



* Rare 18th century American title

* Slavery related advertisement




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including one at the bottom of pag... See More  

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677609

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677609

August 04, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 4, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (3) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 13 illustrated ship ads and 3 slave related ads. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages in good condition.... See More  

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677556

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1700...

Item #677556

March 03, 1700

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, March 3, 1700



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had

* At the turn of the 18th century




This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is ... See More  

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$29.00
677544

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677544

August 27, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 27, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (8) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 9 illustrated ship ads and 2 slave related ads. (see) Five more slave related ads are on page 3 and another one on page 4.

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, a little foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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677502

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #677502

December 07, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 7, 1774 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption. 

The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead
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677462

Terrific map of Eastern Canada...

Item #677462
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1746 



* Great Eastern Canada map

* Jacobite Rebellion




Certainly the prime content in this issue is the quite large foldout map titled in the ornate cartouche: "A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA with the Island of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, St. John's, etc...". The map show much great ... See More  

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677461

Print of the siege of Rhode Island... Treaty with France...

Item #677461
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1779  This issue leads off with reports on the debates in Parliament, which include discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...the conduct of the army under the command of Gen. Howe; he seized the opportunity of painting in the blackest colours the ingratitude of the Americans; & concluded with exhorting the House to unanimity in p... See More  

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677355

One of the more decorative mastheads of the 18th century...

Item #677355

September 14, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Sept. 14, 1795 



* Nice masthead engraving

* 18th century America

* Illustrated advertisements




If you are looking for a handsome American newspaper of the 1700's which is displayable & priced reasonably, this is one of the best. This title features one of the more decorative mastheads of the era.

Complete in 4 pages, ne... See More  

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$50.00
677250

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #677250

February 26, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 26, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (1) Slavery advertisement




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including one on the back page for the... See More  

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677144

Colonial Albany County land for sale...

Item #677144

September 01, 1770

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 1, 1770



* Albany County, New York

* Land for sale advertisement




The more famous newspapers of this period from shortly before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War--and from the year of the Boston Massacre--with an inside page containing the ad as seen in the photo below, headed: "AMERICAN LANDS to be sold..."in Albany County, New York, with ot... See More  

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677050

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #677050

May 29, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 29, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (2) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are scarce to find. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including two on the front page regardi... See More  

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677018

18th century runaway slave ads...

Item #677018

July 07, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 7, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (3) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including one on page 3 for the sale o... See More  

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676734

1793 Boston, Massachusetts...

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November 13, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 13, 1794



* 18th century American title



Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. Contains news of the day and various advertisements.

Page 4 includes 4 illustrated ship ads.

Complete as a 4 page issue in nice condition.

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676634

Set of five different mastheads for the same title...

Item #676634

February 04, 1734

THE POST BOY, London  Here is an interesting set of five different issues dating from 1707, 1715, 1719, 1729 and 1734



* Rare & early 18th century issues (5)

* Nice masthead engravings (different)




As was often the case newspapers which existed over 30 years the masthead would often change, sometimes subtly. Here is a set with each masthead being slightly different, the earliest 2 wi... See More  

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676625

Benedict Arnold on the Battle of Quebec... Ethan Allen in irons...

Item #676625

February 22, 1776

NEW-ENGLAND CHRONICLE OR ESSEX GAZETTE, (Cambridge), Feb. 22, 1776 



* Battle of Quebec - Canada

* General Benedict Arnold report

* Ethan Allen in captivity

* American Revolutionary War




The top of the first column begins with a report from Cork that: "...there has been commotions amongst the soldiers who are to embark for America; that a great numbers of them have deserted & ... See More  

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676426

Over 290 years old...

Item #676426

March 31, 1730

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, March 31, 1730



* 18th Century original

* Over 291 years old



This newspaper is 291 years old. Various news from London and other parts of Europe, with interesting advertisements as well.

This title is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the world which began in 1665 and is still in existence today. Complete as a single sheet, measuring
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676413

A displayable 18th century newspaper...

Item #676413

June 19, 1716

THE POST BOY, London, June 19, 1716 



* Rare title w/ nice masthead



One of the nicer mastheads of the 18th century as it features two handsome engravings (see). Various news reports from Europe. The back page is mostly filled with advertisements and notices.

Complete as a single sheet newspaper, measures 8 1/4 by 14 inches, very nice condition.... See More  

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676361

See the displayable front page from the 18th century...

Item #676361

December 29, 1720

THE POST-BOY, London, Dec. 29, 1720 



* Nice masthead engravings



One of my favorite 18th century newspapers with the two nice engravings in the masthead, plus the very decorative first letter in the text (see). Various European reports.

Single sheet, about 8 1/2 by 14 1/8 inches, good, displayable condition.

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$38.00
676173

1793 Boston, Massachusetts...

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June 26, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 26, 1793



* 18th century American title



Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. Contains news of the day and various advertisements.

Pages 3 & 4 include 13 illustrated ship ads.

Complete as a 4 page issue, nice condition.

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675952

Convicts shipped off to America... Oglethorpe before founding Georgia...

Item #675952

March 13, 1728

THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, March 13, 1728 (1729 by today's calendar) 



* Early James Oglethorpe

* Convicts to America




Near the bottom of the front page is a terrific item noting: "Also the same day nine felons convicts, eight men and one woman, were brought from Oxford City to the Oxford-Arms at Holborn Bridge, and from thence carry'd down the river and put on board a shi... See More  

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675777

Handsome, early, displayable newspaper from 1715...

Item #675777

June 09, 1715

THE POST BOY, London, June 9, 1715 



* Rare & early 18th century issue

* Nice masthead engravings




This is one of our favorite early newspapers as it is single sheet, small folio size, and has two great engravings in the masthead making it very nice for display (see images). The front page has various reports from throughout Europe while most of the back page is taken up with ads.

M... See More  

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675448

Mutiny on the Bounty... Captain William Bligh...

Item #675448
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1790  Near the back is one of the more historic naval report of the 18th century, since romanticized by the famous movie, giving a fine account of the mutiny on board the ship Bounty.

The report is headed: "Several Memorable Events have lately happened at Sea, which for their Singularity & Importance are worthy to be recorded." which b... See More  

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675403

Great 18th century issue for display...

Item #675403

January 30, 1720

THE WEEKLY JOURNAL OR SATURDAY'S POST, London, April 23, 1720



* Great masthead engraving

* Early 18th century original




This title has one of the more beautiful & intricately engraved mastheads to be seen, and this issue has a particularly lightly-inked impression. Various news items from Europe.

Present are all 6 pages, as more typically the back leaf is lacking as it was often loo... See More  

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674945

Two 1798 Thanksgiving sermons...

Item #674945

December 26, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 26, 1798  Over a column on the front page is taken up with: "Extracts From a Thanksgiving Sermon, Delivered in the Vicinity of Boston" which is under the heading: "Clerical Patriotism", followed by: "Extracts from the Rev. Dr. Eckley's Discourse on Thanksgiving Day", which carries over to page 2.  The balance of the issue... See More  

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674616

Early announcement that the Treaty of Peace has been signed: the Revolutionary War is over...

Item #674616

September 11, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 11, 1783 



* Treaty of Paris (peace) announcement

* End of the Revolutionary War




An extremely historic issue, as the front page begins with a report taken from the London Gazette of the day prior  announcing the signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace, formally ending the Revolutionary War.

It reads in part: "On Saturday night last, ... See More  

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674356

Was George Washington ever a commissioned officer in the British army?

Item #674356
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1795  Included is a letter to the publisher concerning George Washington, referencing his bravery & military prowess from the French & Indian War. Further on it notes: "...In the regular standing army of Great Britain he never held any commission: and this perhaps may have been...why Lord Howe & General Howe declined acknowledging h... See More  

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673675

Reflections upon the military actions of the Revolutionary War...

Item #673675

July 27, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 27, 1782   Page 4 has a portion of letter No. III of a continuing series: "A Brief Memorial Upon the American War..." which reflects upon the events of the Revolutionary War in nice detail, taking all of pg. 4 & over half of page 5.

More war news on pg. 6 including an item relating to the controversial Huddy/Asgill Affair, and also menti... See More  

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673674

Reflections upon the military actions of the Revolutionary War...

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July 27, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 27, 1782   Page 4 has a portion of letter No. III of a continuing series: "A Brief Memorial Upon the American War..." which reflects upon the events of the Revolutionary War in nice detail, taking all of pg. 4 & over half of page 5.

More war news on pg. 6 including an item relating to the controversial Huddy/Asgill Affair, and also menti... See More  

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673575

On Washington retiring from public life...

Item #673575

September 26, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 26, 1796  Page 3 has a nice report: "The Resignation of The President of the United States" which notes in part: "...is at length announced to us in form [was published in a Phila. newspaper on Sept. 17]...there is nothing we can say that will fully express the estimation in which his illustrious & important services a... See More  

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673423

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #673423

April 09, 1743

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston,  April 9, 1743  This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. 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", thi... See More  

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673386

Two issue set: slavery medal, Franklin's speech...

Item #673386
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, A two issue set: February & March, 1788  

February issue: Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work. This article takes 2 1/2 pages and one of the plates includes prints of various water spouts.

An article: "Edict in Favour... See More  

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$225.00
673378

From when the capital of the United States was here...

Item #673378

January 22, 1794

GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 22, 1794  A fine example of a newspaper from the city which was the capital of the United States at the time, while the District of Columbia was under construction.

The ftpg. is filled with ads including a $100 Reward" ad for a runaway, while news reports are on the inside pages. More ads on the back page.

Four pages with never-trimmed margins (de... See More  

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$37.00
673377

A great, late 1700's American newspaper...

Item #673377

February 26, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 26, 1793  If you are looking for a very nice, typical American newspaper of the late 1700's, here's a great one for a modest price.

Included with this issue is the single sheet "Supplement" issue as well.

Complete in 6 pages with a nice mix of news of the day and advertisements. Wide, never-trimmed margins (desired... See More  

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673309

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #673309

April 05, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of th
... See More  

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$16,500.00
673293

Hebrew customs...

Item #673293
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1739  One of the articles is headed: "Continuation  of the Dissertation begun in our Last Whether the Hebrews Borrow'd any Customs from the Heathens" which takes over 1 1/2 pages.

Another article has the: "Manifesto of the Catholick Majesty..."concerning a payment to the South Sea Tea Company.

Near the back is the... See More  

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673245

War in the South... Chart of killed & disabled...

Item #673245
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, September, 1781  Near the beginning is the "List of the Men Killed or Disabled in the War" which includes various columns, with mentions of Howe, Carleton, Gage, Saratoga, and more. Also: "Summary of Proceedings in the last Session of the Last Parliament" includes some discussion of the Revolutionary War.

Also: "Concerning the Con... See More  

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673228

With both maps, of Chagre and St. Augustine...

Item #673228
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1740  Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the terrific foldout map titled: "A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine, & the English Camp before it June 20, 1740" which is a very nice print showing the castle along the Matanza River plus the position of various ships, troops, and other features noted in the key beneat... See More  

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673227

Terrific foldout map of St. Augustine, Florida, & vicinity... And a map of Chagre, Panama...

Item #673227
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1740  Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the terrific foldout map titled: "A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine, & the English Camp before it June 20, 1740" which is a very nice print showing the castle along the Matanza River plus the position of various ships, troops, and other features noted in the key beneath
... See More  

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$475.00
673226

Five issue lot from before the Revolutionary War...

Item #673226

January 13, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Jan. 13, 1757, Oct. 31, 1769, Sept. 26, 1765, Jan. 20, 1767, & March 14, 1772. 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 measures a... See More  

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673225

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #673225

March 21, 1797

PORCUPINES GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 21, 1797  All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements including one headed: "The Time Of A Ne... See More  

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$78.00
673202

Settling on the Mississippi... Judaica content...

Item #673202
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1772  Among the articles are: "A Proposal for Abolishing Tythes...and furnishing every Parish throughout the Kingdom with an able Minister" "On the Present Appearance of the Planet Jupiter", an interesting & lengthy article: "J. P.'s Plans for a Settlement on the Mississippi Objected to" is very descriptive an... See More  

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673193

Much reflection on the prior year... Ethan Allen...

Item #673193
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1781  Under "Diary of Memorable Occurrences in the year 1780..." is a lengthy list of item & includes: "The American out posts at Newark & Elizabeth-town were surprized & the men made prisoners...American post of John's House on the White Plains was attacked when 40 men were killed & 97 taken. Another American ... See More  

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673181

Oglethorpe in Savannah... Converting Jews... Health in Boston...

Item #673181
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1736  An interesting article has: "A Remarkable Censure on the Present Translation of the Old Testament by Hugh Broughton, a Man so well Skill'd in the Hebrew that he Converted many Jews", with more.

Much content on the American colonies including: "The Deplorable State of our Sugar Colonies". Under the "Historical Chro... See More  

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$64.00
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