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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675961

Large ship advertisements in 1785...

Item #675961

March 19, 1785

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb. 2, 1785  The front page has five unusually large illustrated ship advertisements. Front page also has a partial red-inked tax stamp in the lower right corner. News and advertisements of the day. Complete in four pages with some lite rubbing, otherwise in 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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$275.00
675897

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

Item #675897

January 19, 1795

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 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 c... See More  

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$34.00
675893

Quite uncommon from London... 1723... 1724...

Item #675893

February 14, 1724

THE TRUE BRITON, London, Feb. 14, 1723-4 



* Early 18th century



The double date is due to the use of both the Julian (1723) & *Gregorian (1724) calendars at the time. A quite uncommon single sheet newspaper which has comparatively large lettering in the masthead. Rather than present news reports, this newspaper  is almost entirely editorial with much on politics. The back page i... See More  

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$50.00
675793

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1701...

Item #675793

March 20, 1700

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, March 20, 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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$28.00
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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$33.00
675712

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1700...

Item #675712

January 16, 1700

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Jan. 16, 1700



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had

* 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 comple... See More  

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$29.00
675516

18th century Philadelphia...

Item #675516

February 28, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 28, 1798



* 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, including one for a runaway slave on the back page.

Four pa... See More  

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$36.00
675510

18th century Negro boy for sale ad...

Item #675510

December 16, 1794

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 16, 1794



* Rare 18th century American title

* Runaway slave 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 front page for ... See More  

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$38.00
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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675447

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

Item #675447
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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$47.00
675362

Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Savannah...

Item #675362

July 01, 1790

MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, July 1, 1790 This is a very significant newspaper.  The first column on the back page (page 4) contains the: "Address from the Hebrew Congregation of the city of Savannah, in Georgia, to the President of the United States" signed in type by: Levi Sheftal, President, in behalf of the Hebrew Congregation. This was a... 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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674589

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

Item #674589

October 17, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Oct. 17, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (4) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 13 illustrated ship ads and 2 slavery related ads. Page 3 has two more and the back page has another one. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, minor light damp staining, generally very nice.... See More  

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674377

Over 290 years old...

Item #674377

June 29, 1751

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 29, 1751



* 18th Century original

* Over 290 years old



This newspaper is 269 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. A complete 4 page issue, measuring abou
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$26.00
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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673860

Over 290 years old...

Item #673860

November 22, 1729

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Nov. 22, 1729



* 18th Century original

* Over 290 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. A complete 4 page issue, measuring abou
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$30.00
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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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
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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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673110

Earliest ice cream advertisement we have seen...

Item #673110

January 08, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 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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672861

By the famed Isaiah Thomas in 1795...

Item #672861

July 08, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, July 8, 1795



* 18th century American publication



Published  by Isaiah Thomas, perhaps the most famous printer of the 18th century, and whose collection became the foundation of the American Antiquarian Society. Handsome masthead makes this a displayable newspaper.

Four pages, minor spine wear, generally very... See More  

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672837

A handsome, 18th century displayable newspaper...

Item #672837

March 27, 1794

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 27, 1794



* Nice 18th century American publication



A handsome issue for display given the decorative masthead and the wide, untrimmed margins. Various news reports of the day with a number of illustrated advertisements on the back page.

Four pages, a little light damp staining, generally very nice.... See More  

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672699

Tyburn, England in 1873... 'God's Tribunal' - off to the Executioner...

Item #672699

November 06, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 6, 1783 As stated in Wikipedia: "Tyburn was a village in... present-day London... For many centuries, the name Tyburn was synonymous with capital punishment, it having been the principal place for execution of London criminals and convicted traitors, including many religious martyrs. It was also known as 'God's Tribunal', in the 18th century.&qu... See More  

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672683

One of the more handsome of mastheads from the colonial era...

Item #672683

August 22, 1771

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, August 22, 1771 



* Rare Colonial Pennsylvania title

* Great masthead for display




This newspaper features one of the larger & more decorative masthead engravings to be found in a colonial America newspaper.

Half of the front page 1 taken up with a report from the Virginia Gazette: "To Messrs. Henley and G. Wat... See More  

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672614

By the famed Isaiah Thomas in 1795...

Item #672614

August 31, 1796

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, Aug. 31, 1796



* 18th century American publication



Published  by Isaiah Thomas, perhaps the most famous printer of the 18th century, and whose collection became the foundation of the American Antiquarian Society. Handsome masthead makes this a displayable newspaper.

Four pages, a little light foxing, generall... See More  

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$35.00
672604

Indian troubles in the "West"...

Item #672604

May 28, 1791

THE NEWPORT HERALD, Rhode Island, May 28, 1791 



* Northwest Indian War

* John Armstrong




This is a title we very rarely have the opportunity to offer. Page 3 has a report from Danville, Kentucky, noting: "...Capt. Armstrong & about 30 men were going up the river Ohio & were attacked by a body of Indians...about 20 of Armstrong's men were killed...the Indians have done m... See More  

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672492

Controversial case of Col. Isaac Haynes... British support of loyal subjects...

Item #672492

February 07, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 7, 1782  All of the front page, page 2, and a portion of page 3 are taken up with: "Further Particulars of the Debate in the House of Lords...on the Duke of Richmond's Motion Respecting the Execution of Col. Haynes in America." This was a very controversial event in the Revolutionary War as Isaac Haynes was hanged by the British under controve... See More  

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$58.00
672110

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

Item #672110

February 13, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 13, 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. A four page issue with a nice mix of news of the day and advertisements, but included with this issue is a single sheet "Supplement" giving 6 pages in total. Wide, never-trimmed margins ... See More  

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671985

Two Acts of Congress signed by President Washington...

Item #671985

May 06, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 6, 1795  The entire column 2 of the front page is taken up with two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. One is for "...authorizing the exportation of arms, cannon and military stores in certain cases."

Four pages, minor archival mend to page 3, bit of foxing, good condition.

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671974

Inquiring as to why Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown...

Item #671974

March 11, 1782

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 11, 1782  The top of page 2 has a report from the House of Lords concerning: "...summoned to go into an enquiry on the causes of the loss of Lord Cornwallis's army at York Town...the opinion of this committee that a principal cause of the loss of the army under the command of Earl Cornwallis at York Town arose from the want of a sufficie... See More  

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671968

Barbarous cruelty suffered by innocent Pennsylvanians...

Item #671968

February 25, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 25, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page includes two "Proclamations" by Sir William... See More  

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671967

Mention of Dr. Franklin...

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671967

April 01, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 1, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page includes an Act relating to detaining pers... See More  

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671965

A Williamsburg, Viriginia report...

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671965

February 21, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 21, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 2 has a nice letter... See More  

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671962

Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State...

Item #671962

February 08, 1792

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 8, 1792  Page 3 has a report headed: "The Secretary of State" which includes a letter signed by him in type: Tho. Jefferson.

Other news of the day & a wealth of advertising.

Four pages, some scattered foxing, good condition.

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671958

The Yellow Fever epidemic...

Item #671958

October 06, 1798

THE SPECTATOR, New York, Oct. 6, 1798  An unusual issue being single sheet rather than the typical 4 pages due to the on-going Yellow Fever Epidemic which ravaged much of the Eastern United States at that time.

There are front page articles relating to the epidemic including a report on the number of recent deaths from the fever, one taking over a full column.

Four pages, never-trimmed, irr... See More  

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$39.00
671924

Two nice engravings in this uncommon title...

Item #671924

June 07, 1715

THE POST-MAN & THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT, London, June 7, 1715  A newspaper formatted much like the "Post-Boy" we've offered before, but a much more scarce title. Various news of the day with some advertisements on the back page.

Complete as a single sheet issue, some foxing or staining near the masthead, 8 by 13 3/4 inches, nice condition.

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671916

Print of a New Jersey colonial coin...

Item #671916
SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1787 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. Within this supplement issue, published at the end of the year, is a full page print of various coins one of which is the Nova Cesarea New Jersey colonial coin dated 1786, with a very brief note on it on the following page: "Fig. 6 is sent us for decyphering as a supposed American coin." which it is.

The print shows bot... See More  

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671886

Very early, short-lived, colonial newspaper...

Item #671886

May 17, 1753

THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, May 17, 1753  This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.

A fine opportunity to purchase
at a reasonable price a very early issue--over 265 years old--by James Parker from the colonial pr... See More  

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$235.00
671873

Newspaper edited by the famed Jonathan Swift...

Item #671873

July 24, 1713

THE EXAMINER, London, July 24, 1713  This editorial-format newspaper was edited by the famed Jonathan Swift at this time (of Gulliver's Travels fame), It promoted a Tory perspective on British politics, at a time when Queen Anne had replaced Whig ministers with Tories.

Complete as a single sheet newspaper as was typical of the day, 7 1/2 by 13 inches, nice condition.

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$56.00
671846

From Dublin, Ireland...

Item #671846

March 14, 1758

PUE'S OCCURRENCES, Dublin, Ireland, March 14, 1758  An early Irish newspaper with news from various corners of Europe.

Four pages, damp staining throughout, but otherwise in good condition with untrimmed margins. A few indents at the spine from disbinding.

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$28.00
671845

A 1790's newspaper from Oxford, England...

Item #671845

October 27, 1792

JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, England, Oct. 27, 1792  One of the less common titles from Oxford, filled with news of the day & a wealth of ads.

Four pages, red tax stamp, handsome engravings in the masthead, an archival repair to the bottom of the spine affects no text, two tiny holes at a fold juncture, untrimmed margins, good condition.

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671844

A full size, single sheet newspaper...

Item #671844

November 11, 1730

THE DAILY POST, London, Nov. 11, 1730  A single sheet newspaper of folio size with  front page news from London & elsewhere in Europe, with the back page taken up with ads.

Red tax stamp at the bottom of the back page. Measures 10 by 16 1/2 inches, the back page has some staining at the spine margin, otherwise good condition.

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671801

Book by Ben Franklin reviewed... Fort Stanwix...

Item #671801
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1779  Near the back is a review of a book titled: "Political, Miscellaneous, & Philosophical Pieces, Written by Benjamin Franklin...".

Some talk of "American News" near the back, with mention that: "...Fort Stanwix was surprized & taken by Sir John Johnson...at the head of 1500 loyalists & Indian warriors; t
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671791

Spanish cause trouble on the American seas...

Item #671791
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1739  Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Of the Nature of Fire, Continu'd" "Proposal for Amending the Ten Commandments" "Seventh & Eighth Commandments, how to be Understood" "Ninth and Tenth, how to be Taken" "The Case of the South Sea Company" "Reaso
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671785

Ben Franklin is well at 85... Rare mention of John Witherspoon...

Item #671785

June 29, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, June 29, 1784  Page 4 has a brief item noting: "The celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin was on 'Change to-day, and looks remarkably well for one of the age of 85; he appeared to be in high spirits."

Page 3 mentions in part: "...arrived here [Edinburgh] the Rev. Dr. Witherspoon, late a member of the American Congress...several gentlemen gave... See More  

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671770

Broadside edition on the Battle of Ushant...

Item #671770

August 03, 1778

THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, England, Aug. 3, 1778  A rare single sheet broadside edition (printed on the front side only), published outside the normal printing schedule due to an historic report.

This issue has the details of the Battle of Ushant, fought between French & British fleets 100 miles west of Ushant, a French island at the mouth of the English Channel off the north-west... See More  

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671759

1798 Engraving of a porcupine in the masthead...

Item #671759

March 29, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 29, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American title

* 3 runaway slaves advertisements




The masthead features an engraving of a porcupine. The entire front page is taken up with ads. The front page has a runaway slave ad under: "Ten Dollars reward" Two more appear on the back page. (see) News of the day and other advertisements.

Four pages... See More  

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