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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649279

Unusual, short-lived newspaper...

Item #649279
THE VISIONS OF SIR HEISTER RYLEY: WITH OTHER ENTERTAINMENTS, London, 1710  Sir Heister Ryley, the fictitious editor of the Visions of Sir Heister Ryley, is a man interested in all fields of learning, a "stickler in the business of truth" and absolutely averse to siding with any political party. His little newspaper was a 4 page serial. It contained essays, letters and miscellaneous ... See More  

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$48.00
649273

At a reduced price... Early issues with the great masthead...

Item #649273
THE POST-BOY, London, 1710's (2nd-rate)  A lot of 5 issues of this early title with the great masthead containing two engravings. Lightly or heavily inked or other minor problem causing them to be a bit '2nd rate'. Offered at a considerable discount.

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$155.00
649264

Handsome display newspaper from the early 1700's...

Item #649264
THE POST-BOY, London, 1723-1726  A very nice single sheet newspaper featuring two handsome engravings in the masthead (see). Various news from Great Britain and the continent of Europe, plus a partial red tax stamp on the reverse. Measures 14 1/4 by 8 1/8 inches, nice condition and great for display.

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$48.00
649258

Pre-Revolutionary War era lot...

Item #649258
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, London, 1760's  A lot of 10 issues of this famous & popular newspaper at a bargain price.  A good set to show the state of affairs in England and the world shortly before the American Revolution.  All are complete in 8 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, & are in nice condition.

If an image(s) is shown, it is only representative of the style and condition of what you will receive. Actual items will vary.

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$77.00
649252

Pre-Stamp Act to just prior to the Revolutionary War...

Item #649252
(10) THE LONDON CHRONICLE. A collection of ten issues, one from each year 1763 thru 1772, crossing the critical period from the just prior to the Stamp Act to just before the outbreak of the pre-Revolutionary War tensions. Each is 4-8 pages, may have slight imperfections, but in overall nice condition.   

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$115.00
649234

Eighteenth century perspective from England...

Item #649234
(10) THE LONDON GAZETTE, a lot of ten issues of this famous newspaper covering at least 5 decades from the 1700's.  All are in good condition.  A nice way to gain Britain's perspective of world affairs from the 18th century. The image shown is representative of the "look" of what you will receive. Actual issues/dates will vary.

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$110.00
649233

18th century Scotland...

Item #649233
(5) THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, late 1750's  A very early lot of five newspapers from Scotland, with news of the day.  A great period set at a considerable discount from the regular per-issue price. Nice condition.  The images shown are representative of the look and condition of those you will receive.  Actual dates vary in the later 1750's.... See More  

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$98.00
649232

Early issues with the great masthead...

Item #649232
THE POST-BOY, London, 1720's  A lot of five issues of this early & decorative title with a great masthead featuring two engravings. Offered at a substantial discount. Single sheet and in good condition.

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$198.00
649227

Decorative masthead... late 1700's...

Item #649227
THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, England, 1784-1788  See the photo for the very nice & ornate lettering in the masthead, making this a displayable issue. This is a folio size newspaper of 4 pages which was never bound nor trimmed--difficult to find as such.

Various news of the day & a wealth of ads, and a red-inked tax stamp at the bottom of the front page. Minor wear to the edges a
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$29.00
649224

Full page engravings from the 1700's to early 1800's...

Item #649224
(10) A lot of ten engraved plates from "Gentleman's Magazine", London, all from the 1700's to early 1800's (though not dated). The lot may include foldouts, prints of buildings, diagrams, maps, etc. A few defects at the margins, some of the fold lines of multi-panel plates may be archivally mended from the reverse, but otherwise nice condition.

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$46.00
649223

A variant and short-lived title...

Item #649223
THE REHEARSAL OF OBSERVATOR, London, England  1704-1706  A variant title --& earlier date--of the newspaper titled "The Rehearsal", and much less common. A single sheet newspaper printed on both sides measuring 8 by 13 inches. The image shown is only an example of the layout and condition of what you will receive. Actual issues vary within the specifications given.

Note: U... See More  

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$36.00
649222

Rare, early title...

Item #649222
FOG'S WEEKLY JOURNAL, London, 1731 A quite rare title from England with a very early date and a partial red tax stamp in a lower corner of the front page. Various news of the day both from England and the rest of Europe.

Four pages, approximately 10 by 13 inches, a bit of foxing, overall very good. The image shown is only representative of the look (format) and condition of the issue you will... See More  

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$44.00
649221

Early and notable 18th century title... Addison & Steele...

Item #649221
THE SPECTATOR, London, England, 1712  One of the more famous of the early newspapers and by the famed Addison & Steele. Nice condition, trimmed, some light browning. A single sheet issue measuring 8 by 11 1/2 inches. Red ink stamps do not appear to be present.

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$45.00
649216

Post-Revolutionary War Boston...

Item #649216
(5) AN EARLY LOT - Five issues of the Columbian Centinel newspaper dating from 1794 to 1799. Each issue is in nice condition (not 2nd-rate). Increasingly rare from the 18th century. News of the day & period ads.  

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$120.00
649124

Nice plate of Kilmey Bay in Ireland...

Item #649124

December 01, 1789

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1789  Among the articles are: "Columbus's Discovery of America Questioned", description of Kilmey Bay in Ireland which includes a very nice full page plate of it. Also a chart showing the: "Pedigree of Sir Isaac Newton", "Reflections on the Laws Concerning Suicide" "Review of the Proceedings in the Council ... See More  

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648916

Seeking cheaper labor and products prohibited...

Item #648916

January 09, 1768

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, January 9, 1768  The previous issue included a warning on the front page making clear the penalties for Artificers and Merchants seeking cheaper labor, products, and materials from foreign locations outside the umbrella of The Kingdom - making it infinitely more difficult for those Artificers and Merchants following the regulations and laws of the land to be compe... See More  

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648710

Shamokin, Pennsylvania... Crown Point, Albany, New York... Susquehanna River...

Item #648710
GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1756  This issue begins with a nearly 3 page article: "An Account of the Siege & Capture of Port Mahon" on the island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean. During the Seven Years' War in Europe, of which the French & Indian War was an extension in North America, Spain regained the island from Great Britain in 1756 after the ... See More  

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648709

Much on China, incuding the Great Wall...

Item #648709
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1742  There is a full page plate showing: "The North and West Prospects of the Famous Runic Obelisk at Bew Castle in Cumberland" (see).

There is also a halfpg. print showing: "Further Observations on the Comet" with some text as well.  There is a small library stamp on this pg. not not touching any print or text.

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648621

Duel between two military officers...

Item #648621

January 30, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston,  Jan. 30, 1799  Page 2 has a "Message" signed in type: John Adams, which introduces some documents concerning the situation in France. Also a report on: "A Duel" fought between Majors Cushing and Lewis, with details.

Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, light foxing, good condition.

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648583

Much on the Napoleonic Wars...

Item #648583

January 02, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 2, 1799  Page 2 has a letter addressed to: "Thomas Jefferson, Vice President of the United States" concerning being an elector for President, signed: "A Plain American". Pg. 2 also has much on the Napoleonic Wars, with: "Official Account of the Amputation of Another Limb of the French Monster" "From Gibraltar" "Buon... See More  

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648582

Proclamation to apprehend the Young Pretender...

Item #648582
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, August, 1745  Over 13 pages at the beginning of the issue are taken up with reports on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.



Over a page is taken up with: "Mr. Yate's Defence of his Theory" conc
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648443

Gayhead lightouse on Martha's Vineyard...

Item #648443

June 06, 1799

J. RUSSELL'S GAZETTE, Boston, June 6, 1799



* Gay Head Lighthouse

* Martha's Vineyard




Page 2 has a report of a naval battle noting in part: "...the capt. of the privateer lost one leg. Bradford, it is said, came beating YANKEE DOODLE; he mounted only ten four pounders and had 25 men."

But the most notable content is the full column on page 4 which has: "Plan of a Ligh... See More  

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648388

An American magazine from the 18th century...

Item #648388
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, March, 1790 

Among the articles within are: "Singular Instance of the Religious zeal of the Hindoos..." "Remarks on Treading out Wheat" which includes not just one by 4 illustrations (see); a curious one in light of today's economy: "Remarks on the Commerce of America with China" "An Oration on Capital Punishments"... See More  

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648387

American trade with China...

Item #648387
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, March, 1790 

Among the articles within are: "Singular Instance of the Religious zeal of the Hindoos..." "Remarks on Treading out Wheat" which includes not just one by 4 illustrations (see); a curious one in light of today's economy: "Remarks on the Commerce of America with China" "An Oration on Capital Punishments"... See More  

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647480

Address to the President with his response...

Item #647480

May 16, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 16, 1798 



* 18th century America

* John Adams address




Pages 2 & 3 have an address to the President from the: "Young Men of the City of Philadelphia..." with his response to them signed in type: John Adams. Much other news of the day.

Four pages, some foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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647237

The will and funeral of Samuel Johnson...

Item #647237
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1784  Among the articles are: "Abstract of the Will of the late Justice Russell" which includes a full page plate of him (see photos). Also: "A Biographical Sketch of Dr. Samuel Johnson" which takes 12 pages; and "Antiquities in London Described", "Dr. Johnson's Will & the Ceremonial of his funeral... See More  

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647204

Much on General Greene in the Revolutionary War... A Hawaiian canoe...

Item #647204
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1784  The issue begins with a description of a medal created in honor of the late Capt. Cook and which is accompanied by a plate of it (see). The front page also has an article: "Canoe of the Sandwich Islands Described (which is Hawaii), which is also accompanied by a geat foldout plate, more typically lacking.

Another article of interest is: ... See More  

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647194

A Free Thinker's Religion... On Conjugal Love...

Item #647194
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1732  The issue begins with 26 pages of "A View of the Weekly Disputes & Essays in this Month". This section has various reports from the many newspapers in England including the London Journal, The Craftsman, Applebee's Journal, Universal Spectator, Fog's Journal, the Free Briton, the Weekly Register, and more. These newspa... See More  

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647156

Unusual, short-lived newspaper...

Item #647156
THE VISIONS OF SIR HEISTER RYLEY: WITH OTHER ENTERTAINMENTS, London, 1710  Sir Heister Ryley, the fictitious editor of the Visions of Sir Heister Ryley, is a man interested in all fields of learning, a "stickler in the business of truth" and absolutely averse to siding with any political party. His little newspaper was a 4 page serial. It contained essays, letters and miscellaneous ... See More  

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647135

Franklin is returning to America after five years in Paris...

Item #647135

August 07, 1783

DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, Aug. 7, 1783  The ftpg. includes a report: "That able & ingenious veteran Dr. Franklin is preparing to leave Paris (where he has resided five years with great credit to himself, & profit to his country) to return to America...". Also reports concerning articles for peace & negotiations with some Caribbean Islands as it relates to the ... See More  

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$39.00
647076

American Indies... early masonic...

Item #647076
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1738  One of the articles within begins: "I have orders...the British subjects complain in the strongest manner of the oblique ways & unjust means which the Spanish officers in the West Indies make use of for condemning & confiscating their ships..." with more, taking almost an entire pg. (see photos for portions).

Among t... See More  

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$60.00
647064

A Proclamation from the infamous "Queen" Margaret Nicholson...

Item #647064

January 19, 1787

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISE, Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1787  The ftpg. has a fascinating: "Proclamation - By the Queen Margaret" who was actually the infamous Margaret Nicholson, who the previous year attempted to assassinate King George III some months prior. She was ultimately determined to be inside and was committed to the asylum at Bedlam, England. She had claimed--a... See More  

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647035

Concerning the Stamp Act...

Item #647035
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1765  Near the back under: "Remarkable Events" is a report of ships arriving at Philadelphia: "...with the stamps on board for Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, when several citizens assembled in order to consider ways and means for preventing the stamp act taking place in that province..." with more.

Further on is &quo... See More  

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647034

Washington's letter to the English historian Catherine Macaulay...

Item #647034

February 01, 1786

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1786  Among the articles are: "Skeleton of Henry the First Doubted" "Original Letters of Gen. Washington & Mrs. Macaulay" "Moral & Intellectual Excellence of the Fair Sex" and so much more.

Near the back is "Foreign Intelligence" which includes news items from the Caribbean (see images) plus "Ame... See More  

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$31.00
646941

The King pardons deserters...

Item #646941

November 29, 1796

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Nov. 29, 1796  Half of the ftpg. text is taken up with: "By the King, A PROCLAMATION For Pardoning such Deserters from His Majesty's Marine Forces as shall return into His Majesty's Service on or Before the 31st Day of December...".

Twelve pages, 7 3/4 by 11 3/4 inches, good condition.

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$28.00
646770

Quite rare & early newspaper...

Item #646770

April 29, 1736

THE OLD WHIG, OR THE CONSISTENT PROTESTANT, London, April 29, 1736  This is a very rare title, and early as well for a folio-size newspaper (measures 9 3/4  by 14 3/4 in.). 

This title only published for 4 years. A few essays plus news of the day.

Complete in four pages, wide, never-trimmed margins, nice condition. A rare opportunity to add a scarce title to your 18th century coll... See More  

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$54.00
646467

H.M.S. Victory reported lost at sea...

Item #646467
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1744 



* HMS Victory has been lost... 255 years later it is found!



Certainly the most notable report in this issue is the report of the sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory. A report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service brings this event into the 21st century with its breaking news reading: &
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646274

The death of Prince Edward, Duke of York...

Item #646274

September 17, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 17, 1767



* Multiple reports from America



Page two has multiple reports from Charles-Town, South Carolina [current Charleston] which tell of robberies and other hostilities, some of which are described as "worse than the most savage Indians." See images for the graphic details. Page 6 has additional reports from Elizabeth-Town, New Jersey [cu... See More  

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$40.00
646266

The death of Prince Edward, Duke of York...

Item #646266

September 29, 1767

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, September 29, 1767



* The death of Prince Edward, Duke of York & Albany



The front page has an order for a day of "General Mourning for his late Royal Highness Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany." Other items on the front page provide how this day of mourning is to be carried out. Prince Edward is the namesake of Prince Edward County, Virgi... See More  

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$55.00
646260

Plate of the Great White Owl... Map of English canal...

Item #646260
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1771  Most of a column is taken up with: "Mr. Brahm's Observations on the American Coast" which seems to deal with areas in Florida and the Caribbean (see). There is also a brief article on "The Great White Owl" which begins: "This elegant species is found in the countries round Hudson's Bay & in the Northern ... See More  

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646246

Loyalists in New York are in fear of their safety...

Item #646246

October 16, 1782

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Oct. 16, 1782  Page 3 has nearly a full column headed: "American News" which is a detailed letter by a committee of Loyalists in New York who express great concerning about their safety & future should England grant the American colonies independence. One bit note: "...But should the great event of the Independency of the Thirteen Co... See More  

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646221

The President responds to Maryland...

Item #646221

March 13, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 13, 1799 



* 18th century American title



The front page has an appeal: "To Delinquent Customers" signed in type by the famed publisher: Isaiah Thomas. Also: "A Proclamation" for a day of fasting, humiliation & prayer, by the governor. And also an "...Answer of the President to the General Assembly of ... See More  

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646146

Supporting the Americans... Trouble with the Creek Indians...

Item #646146

April 16, 1774

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 16, 1774  Over a full column on page 6 is taken with with a report from Charleston relating to the trouble with the Creek Indians (see).

The back page has an item which notes: "A writer treating of the present disputes relative to the Bostonians says, 'It is true, we did assist America in the late war, but did they not assist us, for whilst we ke... See More  

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$41.00
645990

The new American states struggling with money issues...

Item #645990

June 01, 1787

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1787  Included near the back is nearly half a page headed: "American News" which begins: "The present state of America is rather to be deplored than envied..." concerning its financial situation, including; "...America, like every other rising state, must have much to struggle with before it can arrive at opulence...".

Inc... See More  

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645986

On the growth of the new American republic...

Item #645986

February 01, 1787

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1787  Included are over 3 pages taken up with: "Judge Pendleton's Animated Charge to Grand Juries of South Carolina" which is prefaced with a note: "Those who have attended to the revolutions of empires, and marked the slow progress of infant states towards greatness, will not be surprised that all the unhappy consequences have ha... See More  

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$34.00
645984

The card game of Quadrille...

Item #645984
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1787  Among the articles: "On the Game of Quadrille" which is a type of card game from the 18th century. The article takes over a full page and is very descriptive. Near the back is half a column of news headed: "America" with information from a letter arrived from Philadelphia. Much news from England as well.

Included are both... See More  

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$32.00
645898

A hostile ship encounter off Long Island...

Item #645898

December 09, 1760

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 9, 1760  Page 5 has over half a column headed: "America" with a New York dateline. The report details a hostile naval encounter off Long Island between the ships Sampson and the Winchester.

Eight pages, 8 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

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645712

1799 Walpole, New Hampshire...

Item #645712

July 29, 1799

FARMERS' MUSEUM OR LAY PREACHER'S GAZETTE, Walpole, New Hampshire, July 29, 1799 



* Heraldic eagle masthead



Page 2 has an article: "Assassination of the French Deputies" which begins: "After the rivers of blood through which the prime agents of the French Revolution have waded; & the sacrifices made in the great slaughter house by the guillotine, the drownings... See More  

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$44.00
645598

Layout for a colonial town in America... Print of a Patagonian penguin...

Item #645598
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1769   Within this issue is an interesting article: "Plan for Settling New Colonies" which includes an illustration showing how a town in an American colony is best laid out with a "middle square", the "first street", "second street", location of houses and roads, etc. (see). The article describes how such ... See More  

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$65.00
645581

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #645581

March 10, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, Massachusetts, March 10, 1743,4  (year noted as such as it was 1743 or 1744 depending on which calendar was used).



* Very rare 18th century magazine

* 1st successful magazine in America




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 t... See More  

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$135.00
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