Boxing

We sell original, historic newspapers featuring coverage of some of the great moments in the sport of boxing. Whether it is called boxing, prize-fighting, pugilism, or by some other name, the engagement of two people in a contest of strength, quickness, endurance, etc., using either gloved or bare hands, has captured the imagination of onlookers and participants since the beginning of time. Finding reports of such encounters within newspapers dates back into the 18th century. John Jackson vs. Daniel Mendoza, Jim Jeffries vs. Jim Corbett, Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali, and more... enjoy the following authentic reports spanning 3 centuries:

Boxing

We sell original, historic newspapers featuring coverage of some of the great moments in the sport of boxing. Whether it is called boxing, prize-fighting, pugilism, or by some other name, the engagement of two people in a contest of strength, quickness, endurance, etc., using either gloved or bare hands, has captured the imagination of onlookers and participants since the beginning of time. Finding reports of such encounters within newspapers dates back into the 18th century. John Jackson vs. Daniel Mendoza, Jim Jeffries vs. Jim Corbett, Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali, and more... enjoy the following authentic reports spanning 3 centuries:
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615424

Early boxing item...

Item #615424

July 23, 1788

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, July 23, 1788  The bottom of pg. 2 has: "Doyle, the famous boxer, was yesterday committed by the Magistrates at Bow St. for assaulting a gentleman in Covent Garden...". Other news of the day & a wealth of ads.

Four pages, nice condition.

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577585

Diseases of the teeth...

18th Century Boxing...

Item #577585

December 26, 1788

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, December 26, 1788.  Page three has content related to boxing (see images).  Four pages, folio size, very nice condition.  Also included on the back page is a lengthy discussion on "A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth" - nice for dentistry interest. Partial red-ink stamp on page one.

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619937

Early report of a boxing match...

Item #619937

August 28, 1789

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Aug. 28, 1789 



* 18th century boxing



Page 3 has an early item on a boxing match, noting: "A boxing match is to be fought...between Bullard and Brighton, two Suffolk men, for 50 pounds a side, in which it is expected many hard blows will be given as they are very powerful men & upwards of six feet high."

Four pages, full red... See More  

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616590

Early boxing...

Item #616590

October 21, 1789

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Oct. 21, 1789 



* Isaac Perrins vs. Tom Johnson

* English boxing championship




Page 3 has an article headed: "Boxing" concerning: "...the battle between Johnson and Perrins..." with some details (see).

Four pages, partial red tax stamp on the front page, very nice condition.



wikipedia notes: Isaac Perrins was an Eng... See More  

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600204

18th century boxing.......

Item #600204

April 13, 1790

THE MORNING POST, AND DAILY ADVERTISER, London, April 13, 1790



* 18th century boxing



A very nice full folio-size newspaper of 4 pages with the entire front page taken up with ads. Pages 2 & 3 have various news of the day with the back page having mostly ads.

Page 2 has a report on a upcoming boxing match. See image for text.

Nice condition.... See More  

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613364

Boxing against a one-armed man...

Item #613364

June 24, 1790

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, June 24, 1790 



* Early boxing match

* One arm tied up




Page 3 has an early article on: "Boxing" concerning: "...the one-armed soldier...and a chimney-sweeper, who differed a little with each other in politics & parties...agreed to decide their dispute by a pitched battle in Bedford Bury at sun-set...tied up his left arm... See More  

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590354

The sport of boxing in 1790...

Item #590354

October 30, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, October 30, 1790  Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" which is a very early report of the sport (see photos). Other items including a page 3 article on: "Duelling", "King of France's Demand", "the Art of Joking", "King of Sweden" and other items.

Complete in 4 pages, never-trimmed margins, great condition. The back... See More  

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686767

Early report on boxing...

Item #686767

October 30, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 30, 1790



* 18th century bareknuckle boxing



Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" which is a very early report of the sport. The match is between "Big Ben" and the "Tinman".

Other items including a page 3 article on: "Duelling" "King of France's Demand" "the Art of Joking" "King of Sweden" a... See More  

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680431

A 'boxing match' between women of fashion...

Item #680431

August 27, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Aug. 27, 1796  Page 2 has a curious article headed: "Amorous Fracas!" beginning: "The boxing match which lately happened between two elderly maiden ladies of fashion in the vicinity of Merrion Square..." with the details.

Four pages, very nice, clean condition.

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677415

A fight between elderly ladies...

Item #677415

August 27, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Aug. 27, 1796  Page 2 has a curious report: "Amorous Fracas!" The report from Ireland begins: "The boxing match which lately happened between two elderly maiden ladies of fashion...having made some noise....we are happy to lay the cats and the consequences before our readers..." which is what follows.

Four pages, a few stra... See More  

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611422

Very early boxing...

Item #611422

July 30, 1811

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, July 30, 1811



* Tom "The Moor" Molineaux

* African-American bare-knuckle boxer




Page 3 has a one paragraph report about a boxing match near London between Molineux, the famous black man from New York, and a young Englishman named Rimmer. The report states in part: "...In the course of 15 minutes the black pounded his antagonist most tremendo... See More  

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675246

Volume one issue of a sporting newspaper...

Item #675246

January 24, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 24, 1857  A rather famous sporting newspaper, with a sporting-themed masthead, calling itself: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". This is a volume one issue.

Reports are headed: "The Turf" "Draught Of The Seine" "Our Chess Department" "Out Door Sports" "Fist... See More  

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675247

Volume one issue of a sporting newspaper...

Item #675247

January 24, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 24, 1857  A rather famous sporting newspaper, with a sporting-themed masthead, calling itself: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". This is a volume one issue.

Reports are headed: "The Turf" "Draught Of The Seine" "Our Chess Department" "Out Door Sports" "Fist... See More  

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675271

Game of wicket, pre-Civil War....

Item #675271

February 14, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Feb. 14, 1857  Under the heading: "Out-Door Sports" are two letters to the editor from Troy, N.Y., concerning the "old game of wicket". It includes a quite small diagram of the "ground plan" of the game.

Under "Fistiana" (boxing) is a detailed report: "Hard-Fought Fight In England, Between Tom Sayers &am... See More  

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596515

Very early baseball report?

Item #596515

March 14, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, March 14, 1857  Various literary content but there is also sporting reports near the back, including: "Trotting at Fairs" "Fistiana" which is boxing; "Our Chess Department" "Out-Door Sports" including cricket and a "ball match". I believe the latter to be baseball, and reports: "A great match at... See More  

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544497

Chess..

Item #544497

March 28, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, March 28, 1857.



* Chess




As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume 1 issue of a very early sporting publication. Near the back of the issue is a column entitled:  "Our Chess Department", which includes a chess "problem of the week" in addition to the s... See More  

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574795

Chess...

Item #574795

April 04, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, April 4, 1857.



* Chess




As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume II issue of a very early sporting publication. Near the back of the issue is a column entitled:  "Our Chess Department", which includes a chess "problem of the week" in addition to the s... See More  

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571043

Baseball... Elephant hunting... Cockfighting...

Item #571043

April 11, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, April 11, 1857  As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume II issue of a very early sporting publication. An article "Base Ball" has the announcement of the elected officers for the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn. Another page features an article on "Elepha... See More  

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606473

Early boxing...

Item #606473

August 04, 1857

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, August 4, 1857



* Pre-Civil War boxing - prize fight

* Dominick Bradley vs. S.S. Rankin

* Buffalo, New York




Page 5 has an article headed: "The Great Prize-Fight Between Bradley and Rankins". See images for text.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, otherwise nice.

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172198

The New York Crystal Palace fire...

Item #172198

October 16, 1858

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 16, 1858  The front page features a half page illustration of "Gerard Hallock, Esq." with accompanying article. Inside full page illustration of "The Destruction of the New York Crystal Palace by Fire, October 5.1858" and a half page illustration of "The Ruins of the Crystal Palace." 1/4 pg. illus. of "Facsimile of the ... See More  

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606765

1858 boxing...

Item #606765

October 20, 1858

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 20, 1858



* John Heenan "Benicia Boy"

* Pre Civil War boxing w/ police raid

* Jews Hospital - Mount Sinai




The front page has an article headed: "Fight Between the 'Bencia Boy' and 'Dublin Tricks'--The Latter Badly Beaten" See image for text here.

Eight pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More  

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682725

Morrissey and Heenan will fight for the boxing championship...

Item #682725

October 20, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 20, 1858  Page 4 has nearly a full column report on: "The Prize Fight Today" between Morrissey and Heenan (The Benicia Boy). Column subheads include: "Morrissey and the Benecia Boy--Condition of the Men--Who Will be Champion--How the Betting Ranges--Amount of Money Staked". The result would be reported in the next day's newspaper.

Eight pages, go... See More  

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695735

Baseball and boxing...

Item #695735

October 30, 1858

SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Oct. 30, 1858  It is subtitled in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". 

Page 5 has: "The Great Prize Fight" which provides a round-by-round report of the boxing match between John Morrissey and John C. Heenan.

Page 7 has a brief item: "New Base Ball Club" which begins: "A Base ... See More  

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172202

Morrissey & Heenan boxing match... Steam fire engine...

Item #172202

October 30, 1858

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 30, 1858  The front page features a half page illustration of "Mademoiselle Piccolomini" with accompanying article. Inside two 1/4 page illustration of "The Late Rev. John Sawyer, of Bangor, Maine" and "General Paez, of Venezuela." Half page illustration of "Terrible Explosion at Havana, on September 29, 1858." Hal... See More  

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670016

Early and rather famous sporting-themed newspaper...

Item #670016

April 09, 1859

NEW YORK CLIPPER, April 9, 1859  An early sports-themed newspaper with an ornate masthead featuring engravings showing cricket, sailing, boxing, and horse racing.

The front page features a full-figure print of: "Royal Victoria Yacht Club House, Ryde, Isle of Wight". Among the sports reports on the ftpg. is: "Exciting Trotting Match In; California".

Inside has reports on ... See More  

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696353

Much on baseball... The upcoming Sayers-Heenan boxing match...

Item #696353

November 05, 1859

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Nov. 5, 1859  



* Very early baseball game

* Pre American Civil War era




It is subtitled in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". 

Inside has reports headed: "Base Ball" with text and box scores for six games. Also a report under: "Fistiana" on: "The Championship... See More  

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695721

Much on Tom Sayers and the boxing championship...

Item #695721

January 07, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 7, 1860  



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers (pre-fight)

* First World boxing championship match




It is subtitled in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". 

Inside has more than a page taken up with: "Life And Battles Of Tom Sayers--Sixth Fight of Tom Sayers".

This article w... See More  

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696359

Perfect pair of issues: prints of John Heenan and Tom Sayers...

Item #696359

February 18, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, A consecutive pair of issues for Feb. 18 and 25, 1860  



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* First World boxing championship match




It is subtitled in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage". 

With the world title boxing match scheduled in less than two months, the front page of each issue fe... See More  

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679828

Special "English Extra" on the Heenan Sayers fight...

Item #679828

April 28, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES--ENGLISH EXTRA, London & New York, April 28, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* First World boxing championship match




A quite rare edition put out specifically for the famous boxing match between Heenan and Sayers, the American champion versus the British champion, in what was billed the first "world title" boxing match, which lasted 2... See More  

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680899

Famous Tom Sayers & John Heenan boxing match...

Item #680899

April 30, 1860

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, April 30, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* Famous boxing match - fight




Appearing at the top of the first column on pg. 6 are headlines reporting one of the most famous boxing matches of the nineteenth century involving John Heenan, the American champion, and Tom Sayers, the English champion.

In the third column under "The Great Fight" is a detailed a... See More  

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172360

First world championship boxing match: Heenan vs. Sayers...

Item #172360

May 05, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 5, 1860  The prime feature of this issue would have to be the great doublepage centerfold print captioned: "Bloody, Brutal, and Blackguard Prize-Fight In England, Between Heenan and Sayers, On April 17, 1860" which shows hundreds of spectators.

This historic boxing match is considered the very first world boxing championship. It is a terrific boxi... See More  

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682682

Boxing's first world championship... The Pony Express....

Item #682682

May 07, 1860

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 7, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* First World boxing championship match




Page 5 has a one column head: "Four Days Later From Europe" "The Prize Fight" "Letters From Heenan" "He Claims the Belt or Another Fight". This was the famous match with Sayers, considered as boxing's first world championship. "...Not h... See More  

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617234

re. the Heenan vs. Sayers boxing title...

Item #617234

May 29, 1860

THE NEW YORK HERALD, May 29, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* 1st boxing championship dispute




Pages 3 has an article headed: "The Championship" "Settlement of the Heenan and Sayers Affair" Both To Have Belts" with subheads. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, a little irregular along spine, nice condition.... See More  

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690610

Capture of a slave ship... The Pony Express during its brief existence... Lincoln ...

Item #690610

May 31, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, May 31, 1860  Page 3 has: "Seizure of Another Supposed Slaver" with subhead: "Seizure of the Steamer City of Norfolk, Suspected of Fitting Out For the Slave Trade".

The top of page 7 has a report: "Capture of Another Slaver Off the Coast of Cuba" which is rather brief. This is followed by: "Arrival of the California Pony Express--The Expres... See More  

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698262

Terrific front page print of John Heenan, the famed boxer...

Item #698262

June 02, 1860

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, June 2, 1860 



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom Sayers

* Famous boxing match




A terrific issue on the famed boxer John Heenan, as the entire front page is taken up with a print of him captioned: "John C. Heenan, The Champion of the World".

The print was taken from a photo of him of May 3, 1860 in England, shortly after his famous match betwee... See More  

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617381

Boxing champion John C. Heenan...

Item #617381

July 16, 1860

THE NEW YORK HERALD, July 16, 1860 



* American boxer John C. Heenan

* Boxing champion welcome home




The front page has an article headed: "The Return Of Heenan" "The Champion Of The World At Home" "The Bencia Boy On Staten Island" and more.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a little irregular along the spine, nice condition.... See More  

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545067

Billiards...

Item #545067

January 04, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, January 4, 1862.



* Billiards



Page five of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning boxing entitled:  "Billiards - Kavanagh and Foley, Proposed Match".



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "Our Chess Department" includes a "problem of the week" and the answer to the previous w... See More  

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546330

Salt...

Item #546330

February 08, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 8, 1862.



* Salt

* Boxing




This issue contains a rather lengthy article concerning "the Salting of the Streets of Philadelphia", which goes into some detail about the benefits of salt.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "Our Chess Department" includes a "problem of the week" and the an... See More  

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544663

Billiards...

Item #544663

February 15, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 15, 1862.



* Billiards

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "Billiards" includes accompanying subheads entitled: "The Foley and Kavanagh Match", "The Match of 1859", and much more.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "... See More  

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544706

Billiards...

Item #544706

February 22, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, February 22, 1862.



* Billiards

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "Billiards".  Accompanying subheads include:  "Kavanagh and Deery", "Billiard Entertainment", and much more.



Another article found within this issue and entitled: "O... See More  

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635479

Early Chess w/ diagram...

Item #635479

March 01, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, March 1, 1862.



* Chess



This issue contains an article entitled: "Our Chess Department", which includes a "problem of the week" and the answer to the previous weeks' problem.

Some Civil War reports can also be found as well as other sports items, including boxing, horse racing, and cricket.  Complete in 16 pages, a l... See More  

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544660

Civil War era boxing and chess...

Item #544660

May 24, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, May 24, 1862.



* Boxing

* Chess




This newspaper, which was primarily a sporting newspaper, has a quite lengthy article headed: "The Ring in England" features the "Conclusion of a Fight Between Gannon and Hatton".  An additional subhead discusses a fight between Cook and Kenny.



Another article found within this issue and en... See More  

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544982

Baseball... The recent London dog show...

Item #544982

July 12, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, NY, July 12, 1862  The front page of this issue features an illustration captioned: "The Two First Premiums", which accompanying subheads:  "Bloodhound and Black and Tan Terrier" and "The Recent London Dog Show".

Page three of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning baseball entitled:  "Ph... See More  

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675347

Baseball continues during th Civil War...

Item #675347

July 26, 1862

WILKES' SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, July 26, 1862   Basically a sports-themed newspaper.  Inside has 2 1/2 columns taken up with reports on: "Base Ball" games and developments. Included are box scores for 9 games.

Other sports reports as well including for: "Fistiana" (boxing).

Sixteen pages, decorative masthead, nice condition.

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605566

The new ironclad naval fleet...

Item #605566

December 22, 1863

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 22, 1863  Among the front page column heads on the Civil War are: "Our Iron-Clad Fleet" "Rebel Reports from Charleston" "Rumored Disaster to the New Ironsides and Two Monitors" "The New Ironsides Entangled in a Net" "Important If True" and more. Also a report of the boxing match between between Heenan & King.

Eight p... See More  

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598325

Heenan vs. King Boxing Match, 1863...

Item #598325

December 22, 1863

NEW YORK HERALD, December 22, 1863



* John C. Heenan vs. Tom King

* Boxing collectible




This 8 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "THE GREAT PRIZE FIGHT", "Reports from Heenan and King to the 7th Instant", with subheads that include: "THE PRIZE RING" and more. Provides considerable pre-fight news on the famous John C. Heenan and To
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648525

John Heenan vs. Tom King... a great boxing collectible...

Item #648525

December 26, 1863

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 26, 1863 



* John Heenan vs. Tom King

* One of the greatest fights of the 19th century

* Heenan's last fight... was he cheated... drugged?




The front page has nearly two columns of reporting regarding the famous (or infamous?) champion prize-fight between John Heenan and Tom King. Heenan eventually lost the fight but later claimed he was cheated by being dr... See More  

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206228

The Philadelphia Collection I

Item #206228

September 01, 1866

Harper's Weekly, various dates from September 1, 1866 through November 18, 1876. This is a six issue set of Harper's Weekly containing various prints pertaining to events and/or buildings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The set provides more than a 10% discount over purchasing the issues individually.  This is a great set of issues for anyone interested in Philadelphia, PA, early U.S. ... See More  

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$222.00
691227

Black Americana - black voters, candidates, jurors, and more...

Item #691227

August 30, 1867

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Aug. 30, 1867  The front page has: "NORTH CAROLINA - COLORED JURORS ALLOWED", "Abortion Case... A Woman Left To Die In The Streets", "The Indian War", "Delaware - A Colored Man Murdered", and more. Also present is a brief account of newly register voters in South Carolina, which includes the mention of blacks.

Page 5 has: "GEORGI... See More  

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570683

McCoole vs. Jones boxing fight announced... Baseball...

Item #570683

August 31, 1867

NEW YORK TIMES, New York, August 31, 1867  The frontpage of this issue contains a small article announcing "The McCool and Jones Prize Fight". "It is understood that the fight between Mike McCool and Aaron Jones for the championship of the United States will take place somewhere in Butler county, Ohio... The fight will commence between 6 and 8 o'clock in the morning." ... See More  

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