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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566671

Letter from the French ambassador...

Item #566671

July 31, 1799

CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, July 31, 1799 



* Letter from the French ambassador 

* Rare 18th century American title from Connecticut



This issue has much content on the troubles in France, with most of the front page taken up with a letter from the French ambassador to the United States, and most of pg. 2 taken up with reports from the "Council of Five Hundred" and t... See More  

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$38.00
565497

Cornwallis in the South... Congress on pay for the soldiers...

Item #565497

December 23, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, December 23, 1780   Page 2 has various items on the Revolutionary War including a report from Charleston which notes: "...last accounts from Lord Cornwallis inform us that he was with the army in North Carolina, that the people submit to him in great number & that he meets with no opposition in his march...of the most notorious rebels in South Caro... See More  

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$47.00
565310

Death of the Governor Increase Sumner...

Item #565310

June 08, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 1799  All of pages 2 & 3 are black bordered in mourning rules because of the death of Massachusetts governor Increase Sumner, with some related text (see). Otherwise complete in 4 pages, never bound nor trimmed, great condition.

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$48.00
565303

Displayable newspaper very early in the 18th century...

Item #565303
THE POST BOY, London, England, 1711-1714  This newspaper ranks among the more displayable titles from the eighteenth century, and is very early as well. The masthead features two engravings in the corners, one of a mounted newsboy trumpeting the news, and the other of an angelic figure doing the same.

A single sheet newspaper containing various news reports from Europe with part of the back ... See More  

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$33.00
565263

British daily news...

Item #565263
THE MORNING CHRONICLE, London, England, May 29, 1797  A nice folio size newspaper of four pages, and one of the more popular & successful newspapers in London from the 18th century.

Various news of the day, primarily British but European items as well, with many ads also. Nice condition save for a little close cut along the bottom margin.

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$21.00
564866

Signed by President John Adams...

Item #564866

May 02, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 2, 1798  The back page has an: "Address to the President" from the merchants & traders of Philadelphia, with his response signed in type: John Adams.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some foxing near folds and margins, generally nice.

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$58.00
564865

Signed by President John Adams...

Item #564865

May 02, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 2, 1798  The back page has an: "Address to the President" from the merchants & traders of Philadelphia, with his response signed in type: John Adams.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some foxing near folds and margins, generally nice.

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$58.00
564633

L'Enfant creates Washington, D.C...

Item #564633

August 10, 1793

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 10, 1793  Page 2 has a report noting: "The new city of Washington in America was planned by Mr. L'Enfant, the celebrated engineer. the situation is fine, and in a great degree central; the river Potomack washes three parts of it, and flows by the President's house, at which place it is 35 feet in depth; the length of the city is seven miles..." wi... See More  

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$47.00
563196

Joshua Reynolds is knighted...

Item #563196

May 01, 1769

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, May 1, 1769



* Sir Joshua Reynolds knighted

* 18th century English painter




Page 2 has a brief report noting: "Friday his Majesty was pleased to confer the honour of Knighthood on Joshua Reynolds, Esq., President of the Royal Academy of Paining, etc. He is the first Limner who has had that honour conferred on him since the reign of Charles II.&qu... See More  

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$50.00
562418

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

Item #562418
(10) THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England  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 8 pages & in nice condition.   

Wholesale Lot: typically more than one item/set available!

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$80.00
562410

President John Adams responds to Congress...

Item #562410

December 27, 1798

WINDHAM HERALD, Connecticut, December 27, 1798  Much of the front page is taken up with an address: "To John Adams, President of the United States" by the House of Congress and the Senate. These addresses are in response to his annual state-of-the-union address.

The President's response to the Senate begins on the front page & ends on page 2 where it is signed: John Adams, ... See More  

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$67.00
561607

Radical newspaper printed while the publisher was in jail...

Item #561607
THE NORTH BRITON, London, 1769 



* Radical newspaper printed while the publisher was in jail



This was a radical newspaper from the 18th century, very much associated with the name John Wilkes. Wilkes published the issues #1 thru 46.



Issue number 45 (April 23, 1763) is the most famous issue of the paper. It criticized a royal speech in which King George III praised the Treaty of Paris ... See More  

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$26.00
561531

America At War...

The Great War Collection...

Item #561531
THE GREAT WAR COLLECTION - A great opportunity for an instant collection encompassing every American war. You get ten (now eleven) original/authentic newspapers, one each for:



French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and now, a key issue from Gulf War.



The earliest two are Britis... See More  

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$195.00
561452

1781 Revolutionary War military pay document...

Item #561452
FASCINATING DOCUMENT for providing pay to soldiers through the Deputy Quarter Master of the Military for the "State Of Connecticut". This document contains a signature, is dated in 1781 and is approx. 4 by 6 inches.

Minimal wear but generally very nice condition. A terrific item for display and dated during this very significant year in the war when Cornwallis surrendered.

The photo is... See More  

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$100.00
559498

Eighteenth century perspective from England...

Item #559498
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
559488

Post-Revolutionary War Boston, with John Adams signatures...

Item #559488
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, lot of 5 issues dating from 1797-1801, each containing at least one John Adams signature. Somewhat 2nd-rate but not damaged.  Issues with his signature are increasingly hard to find, and these are priced at a significant discount.

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$120.00
559480

The oldest continuously published English language newspaper...

Item #559480
(5) THE LONDON GAZETTE (2nd-rate/dmg.)  A  lot of five issues of the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, all from the early 1700's (1712-1729), priced at a bargain due to  being a blend of 2nd rate and slightly damaged issues. A great opportunity for authentic issues from the early 18th century at a fraction of their typical cost. The image shown... See More  

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$44.00
559421

Pre-Revolutionary War era lot...

Item #559421
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, 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.

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$77.00
559420

Five British newspapers from the 1760's - 1790's...

Item #559420
(5) An interesting lot of five British newspapers, containing at least three different titles. They span the 1760's thru the 1790's and include at least one from each decade. In average or better condition. Some may have red ink stamps (partial or otherwise). Certainly a one-of-a-kind grouping. The photos are representative of the look and condition of what you will receive.

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$48.00
559414

18th century Scotland...

Item #559414
(5) THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, late 1750's and/or early 1760's  A very early lot of five (5) newspapers from Scotland, with news of the day.  A great period set at a considerable discount from the regular per-issue price. Average condition.  The images shown are representative of the look and condition of those you will receive.  While actual dates va... See More  

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$74.00
559411

Revolutionary War era lot...

Item #559411
THE LONDON GAZETTE, a lot of five (mostly) 2nd-rate issues of this famous newspaper, one each from any date in 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780, and 1781, covering 5 years of the Revolutionary War.  Although no direct war content is to be found, they are great period items giving a nice perspective of life during this formative period in world history.  Most are 4 pages, and measure about 8 by 11 ... See More  

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$42.00
559396

Early issues with the great masthead...

Item #559396
THE POST-BOY, London, 1720's  A lot of five issues of this early & decorative title with which great masthead featuring two engravings (see). Offered at a substantial discount. Single sheet and in good condition.

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$125.00
542869

Sailing...

Item #542869

June 20, 1792

THE MORNING POST AND DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 20, 1792  The front page of this issue features an article entitled:  "Sailing Match", which discusses the particulars of an upcoming contest.  "The Annual Silver Cup and Cover, given by the Proprietors of Vauxhall Gardens, will be sailed for on Wednesday next...".

This is a complete issue of four pages. A part... See More  

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$26.00
542868

Sailing...

Item #542868

June 23, 1792

THE MORNING POST AND DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 23, 1792  The front page of this issue features an article entitled:  "Sailing Match", which discusses the particulars of an upcoming contest.  "The Annual Silver Cup and Cover, given by the Proprietors of Vauxhall Gardens, will be sailed for on Wednesday next...".

This is a complete issue in four pages and is ... See More  

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$26.00
538188

Edinburgh Scotland in 1785....

Item #538188
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1784-1786  A nice 18th century Scottish newspaper with the entire front page taken up with ads, with various news of the day on the inside pages. Some of the ads have illustrations as well.

  Complete in 4 pages, partial red-inked tax stamp on the front page folio size, some light browning or dirtiness, generally nice condition.

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$22.00
537802
Item #537802
THE MORNING HERALD, London, 1788  An uncommon title with a partial red-ink stamp. A nice, folio-size newspaper of 4 page with the front page taken up with ads and various news of the day on the inside page, including Parliamentary reports.

Includes a partial red-inked tax stamp on the front page or page 3. Some minor ink staining, generally quite nice. The photo below is "generic" ... See More  

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$21.00
221088

Print of Malling Abbey...

Item #221088
Gentleman's Magazine, London,  June 1792.  (print only)  This is a single-page engraving of: "Malling Abbey" originally inserted in the June, 1792 issue of this popular magazine. Measures is 5 by 7 1/4 inches and the overall matted size is 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches. The matt color is a medium shade of green/grey.

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$24.00
221031

Louis XVI print...

Item #221031

February 01, 1793

Monthly Register, London,  February 1793.  (print only)



The is a single-page print of Louis XVI. The print size is approximately 4.5 x 5.75 inches and the overall matted size approximately is 8.5 x 10 inches. The matting color is a medium shade of green/grey color.

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$24.00
217610

Ad for the shortest woman in the world....

Item #217610

March 13, 1794

CALEDONIAN MERCURY, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 13, 1794  The front page has a notice announcing an exhibition of Anna Fontaine, The Wonderful Italian Lady described as the: "...shortest women in the world....She is only 28 inches high, 42 years of age, born without hands, arms, or legs, except stumps from her shoulders... Says she can walk unassisted, has three children", plus
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$27.00
217171

Ben Franklin on learning to swim... Holt Castle print...

Item #217171
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1779  Inside has nearly two pages on: "Useful Hints For Learning To Swim, In a Letter to a Friend, by Benj. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S."

Also within: "On the Fatal Effects of Revenge" and: "On Female Conduct" & so much more. Near the back are news reports of the day but I see no war-related content.

This issue does feature... See More  

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$49.00
216092

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

Item #216092
THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, England, 1784  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 and li
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$29.00
215703

Three Revolutionary War newspapers, with war news...

Item #215703
THE LONDON CHRONICLE (three issues)  England, dated 1775, 1776, and 1777 - all with war news.

The set of issues contain 8 pages/each, from during the Revolutionary War., each containing actual Revolutionary War news.  The issues also include a wide variety of additional content including news reports, political reports, advertisements, etc., which give a flavor of life in England during... See More  

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$227.00
215539

Virginia awaits Parliament's response on taxation...

Item #215539

June 08, 1770

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, June 8, 1770  An inside page has a letter from Virginia which includes: "The colonies wait silently for the determination of parliament concerning the revenue act. They have done all in their power to prohibit or retard the sale of British commodities but a view of our imports will show how ineffectual their efforts have been & how useless &
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$31.00
213907

A nice 1700's American newspaper for display...

Item #213907
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, 1797  News of the day, with most of pages 3 & 4 taken up with various advertisements, several of which are illustrated.

The masthead is very decorative and ornate making it a nice newspaper for display.  Complete in 4 pages and in nice condition.

The image shown is representative of the look and condition of the issue yo... See More  

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$65.00
212736

Foldout plate of Rheims Cathedral...

Item #212736
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1773  A feature of this issue is the very nice foldout print (in reddish ink) titled: "Elevation and Geometrical Profile of the Abbe Church of St. Nicaise at Rheims". For more on the Rheims Cathedral see the hyperlink. The plate measures 8 by 10 1/2 inches and has a related article (see).

Also a full page plate titled: "Curiosities ... See More  

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$34.00
209754

Nice tax stamp...

Item #209754

February 02, 1790

THE DIARY; OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, February 2, 1790  This is a nice folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with untrimmed margins (uncommon) and a nice red-inked tax stamp in the lower right corner of page 3.

Various news of the day plus ads as well. This is one of the less common British titles in our inventory, never held by us in over 30 years outside of this recent purchase. Minimal fo... See More  

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$30.00
209624
Item #209624
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1763  Among the articles within this issued are: "An Account of the Effects of Opium as a Poison with the Method of Cure & Proper Directions what to do...", "Proposal for Establishing a National Bank" "M. Condamine's Journey into Italy" "Description of a Lamp to Light a Whole Town" which has a full... See More  

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$38.00
209530

Interior of St. Paul's Cathedral...

Item #209530
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1749  Among the interesting items in this issue are: "Plan of a Harbour to the Downs" which includes an illustration of it ; "A Description of St. Paul's Cathedral" "Antient Ships of an Enormous Size" "Account of Nova Scotia from Mr. Little" "Fundy Bay" "Sermon on Chastity, Before the Ki
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$35.00
209152
Item #209152
THE OBSERVER, London, 1798 A fine, folio size newspaper of 4 page with various news & ads from the late 18th century, during the time of the Napoleonic war and the action in Egypt & elsewhere. Most of the news is from the United Kingdom but some other European reports as well. Never-trimmed margins and with a red-inked tax stamp on the inside. Some edge wear, generally nice. The photo belo... See More  

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$21.00
208979

From during the French & Indian War...

Item #208979
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, 1759 A nice Scottish newspaper from this significant year during the French & Indian War, however this issues does not have any noteworthy content relating to the war. But much news of the day, mostly from Europe, and many ads as well. Relatively nice condition with some light browning or dirtiness, small folio-size measuring about 9 1/2 by 14 1/2 inche... See More  

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$31.00
208972

The first time this title entered our inventory...

Item #208972
THE OLD WHIG OR THE CONSISTENT PROTESTANT, London, 1737 This is a very rare title, and early as well for a folio-size newspaper (measures about 10 by 15 in.) which we have never had the pleasure to offer before in our 30+ years in the rare newspaper business. This title only published for 4 years. There is much news of the day with a few ads near the back of the issue. A red-inked tax stamp appear... See More  

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$61.00
208968
Item #208968
THE GENERAL EVENING POST, London, 1792  A nice "typical" folio-size newspaper of 4 pages from the 18th century. There is a wealth of news of the day on the front page and inside pages with some ads scattered throughout as well. Some wear at the margins, various light browning & mild wear, generally good. The photo below is "generic" however the issue you receive will h... See More  

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$18.00
208967

Item #208967
THE GENERAL EVENING POST, London, 1783 A nice "typical" folio-size newspaper of 4 pages from the concluding year of the Revolutionary War, the year in  which the Treaty of Peace was signed. There is a wealth of news of the day on the front page and inside pages with some ads scattered throughout as well. Some wear at the margins, various light browning & mild wear, generally good. The pho... See More  

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$30.00
208963

From Northampton, England, before the Revolutionary War...

Item #208963
THE NORTHAMPTON MERCURY, England, 1772 This is a very nice, folio-size newspaper of four pages which was never bound nor trimmed with uncommonly wide margins. This is also the first 18th century newspaper we have been able to offer from this part of England. The issue contains various news from throughout Europe with an emphasis on British events with the back page mostly taken up with ads. We do ... See More  

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$34.00
208954

From Canterbury during the Revolutionary War...

Item #208954
THE KENTISH GAZETTE, Canterbury, England, 1780  This is one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads from the Revolutionary War era to be had. Note the ornate lettering and the engravings on either side of the masthead. The issue is complete in 4 pages, is folio size, has mostly ads on the front page with various news on the inside pages. There are some very minor references to the ... See More  

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$60.00
208941

Very rare title from Ipswich...

Item #208941
THE IPSWICH JOURNAL, England, 1763. This is a particularly rare title from this English town, folio size and 4 pages with a wealth of news of the day. There are many advertisements on pages 3 & 4 as well. The front page has at least a partial red-inked tax stamp. Nice condition. The photo below is "generic" however the issue you receive will have a similar look and will be dated 1764... See More  

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$60.00
208937

Item #208937
THE WORLD, London, 1791 A nice folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with a wealth of ads on the front page and much news of the day on the inside, obviously most focusing on British concerns & politics but other European items as well. Some wear at the margins otherwise rather nice, with an intricate star-shaped engraving in the masthead. The photo below is "generic" but the issue you receive will ... See More  

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$24.00
208925

Item #208925
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, London, 1799 I only have a couple of issues of this title from 1798-1799. Complete in 8 pages, measuring about 9 by 12 1/2 inches. Various news both local & throughout Europe with some advertisements as well. Some edge wear, some light dirtiness, generally in good condition. The photo below is "generic" however the issue you receive will have a similar look and will b... See More  

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$24.00
208917

From just prior to the Revolutionary War...

Item #208917
ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, 1772 A nice newspaper of folio-size, four pages, filled with various news & ads of the day. The front page has a partial red-inked tax stamp near the bottom. The first letter in the first column is ornately decorated (see photo).  Soem browning and margin wear but generally nice.  The photo below is "generic" as the actual issue you recei... See More  

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$30.00
208911

Early from Birmingham...

Item #208911
ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE OR THE GENERAL CORRESPONDENT, England, 1747  It is rare to find British newspapers outside of London with such an early date. This is a nice four page newspaper with much news of the day both from England and the rest of Europe. The bottom of the front page has at least a partial red-inked tax stamp. The first letter in the first column is ornately engraved (may ... See More  

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$88.00
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