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664265

Incredibly rare item: John Marshall, a pioneer in the world of spectacles & optics... Optician to the King & Queen..

Item #664265

November 26, 1692

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Nov. 26, 1692  Among the two advertisements on the back page is a quite lengthy & descriptive ad beginning: "At the sign of the Archimedes and Spectacles in Ludgate street, the West End of St. Paul's Church, London, by John Marshal are made all manner of prospective glasses, telescopes, microscopes, single and double, reading glasses, large concave g... See More  

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$250.00
664248

Graphic report of the funeral of the Princess...

Item #664248

May 24, 1768

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, May 24, 1768 



* Princess Louisa of Great Britain

* Death - funeral - burial

* Best title to be had ?




The entire front page appears more as a broadside, being a one column report on the funeral of: "...her late Royal Highness Princess Louisa-Anne..." who was interred in the Royal Family vault in King Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster Abbey.

I... See More  

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$59.00
664245

Map of Guadaloupe...

Item #664245
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1759  Within this issue is a nice full page map titled: "A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of Guadloupe, Marie-Galante, etc. from the Best Authorities" which shows much detail & is in nice condition. This is a full page map measuring 5 by 8 1/4 inches and is accompanied by 2 related articles titled: "Articles of Capitulation bet... See More  

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$67.00
664244

Map of Guadeloupe...

Item #664244
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1759  Within this issue is a nice full page map titled: "A New and Accurate Map of the Isles of Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, etc. from the Best Authorities" which shows much detail & is in nice condition. This is a full page map measuring 5 by 8 1/4 inches and is accompanied by 2 related articles titled: "Articles of Capitulation be... See More  

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$65.00
664223

George Washington signs a military act...

Item #664223

April 22, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 22, 1795 



* President George Washington

* U.S. Military act signed in script




Taking over half of the front page is: "An Act for Continuing & Regulating the Military Establishment of the United States..." which is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

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

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$98.00
664191

The treaty whereby Cornwallis surrendered to Washington, with great commentary in Parliament...

Item #664191

December 08, 1781

THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 8, 1781 



* Treaty of Peace

* Lord Cornwallis capitulation

* General George Washington

* Revolutionary War closing events




The front page has an: "Account of the number of British & German troops, and of ships of war, surrendered at Yorktown...".

But then the great document is on page 2 which prints the: "ARTICLES of CAPITULATI... See More  

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$560.00
664179

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #664179

February 14, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 14, 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, one of which is for the printi... See More  

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$275.00
664131

Much on the America vs. England disputes...

Item #664131

December 14, 1775

THE WEEKLY MAGAZINE OR EDINBURGH AMUSEMENT, Scotland, Dec. 14, 1775  Inside has: "Papers Respecting America" which begins: "Ask commissioners are about to be sent to America, invested with very extraordinary powers in order to settle the unhappy dispute subsisting between America and this country..." and then with some historical references.

Also: "Lord North's N... See More  

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$63.00
664066

Establishing the coins of the United States...

Item #664066

August 31, 1786

THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, Aug. 31, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  



* Early United States Congress

* Gold and Silver for coins

* General George Washington




One page has "American Intelligence" which praises the attributes of Alexandria, and another page notes: "...Our Academy flourishes: about 100 scholars, twenty of which are educated on ... See More  

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$555.00
664054

News from America...

Item #664054

September 12, 1768

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, Sept. 12, 1768  The ftpg. has an article concerning the Indians in the New Orleans vicinity. Page 2 has a report from Boston headed "America" concerning ships "...hovering round Castle William as if there was the greatest danger of its being attacked at a time of profound peace." and then other reports from Philadelphia and New York, the lat... See More  

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663993
Item #663993

November 02, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Nov. 2, 1795



* Uncommon title



Much of page 2 has European reports, and then page 3 has news items from Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Easton, Greenfield, Presque Isle, Salem & elsewhere.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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663980

Plate of a perpetual motion machine...

Item #663980
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1751 There is a very interesting & large foldout plate of: "A Self-Moving Wheel", being a perpetual motion machine. This plate folds out to measure 9 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches and is in very nice condition (with a related article).

Over three pages are taken up with a report on Moses from the Bible as he relates to beliefs among the Jews
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$68.00
663960

1795 George Washington and Sam Adams...

Item #663960

March 28, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 28, 1795



* President George Washington

* Acts of Congress




The front page features two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. Also an Act of the Mass. Legislature signed in scrip type by the Governor: Samuel Adams.

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

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$97.00
663933

Costs to complete the first 3 frigates of the U.S. Navy...

Item #663933

January 19, 1798

MASSACHUSETTS MERCURY, Boston, Jan. 19, 1798 



* Original 3 of 6 frigates of the United States Navy



Page 2 has reports from the federal Congress which includes an item: "Resolved, that there be appropriated on account towards defraying the expence of finishing the frigates United States, Constitution and Constellation, the sum of ___dollars. Read a second time & committed for t... See More  

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$57.00
663842

From the 1600's by a woman publisher... Joanna Brome...

Item #663842
THE OBSERVATOR, London, England, July 25, 1682  A dialogue newspaper founded by Sir Roger L'Estrange, a Tory pamphleteer, as a vehicle for attacking dissenters and Whigs. This early singlesheet newspaper has the old style type making it great for framing (see photo) particularly with the over 300+ year old date clearly visible in the dateline.

This is a handsome dialogue newspaper founde... See More  

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$75.00
663813

Arguing against American independence...

Item #663813

March 09, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, March 9, 1776 



* Rare Revolutionary War era title

* Tory issue from Pennsylvania


* Great year to have (1776)




This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.

Over half of the front page is taken up with: "The following rules... See More  

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$555.00
663771

The origin of chess... Print of a comet...

Item #663771
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1742  One of the articles within is titled: "The Origin of the Game of Chess from the French of M. Frevet" which includes nearly 2 pages and contains much detail (see photos for portions). The article begins: "In the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era, there was in the Indies a very powerfull Prince..." an
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$78.00
663756

Ben Franklin's donation...

Item #663756

October 25, 1788

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1788  Page 3 has an item noting: "We learn that Dr. Franklin a few days ago presented the Hon. Vice President Redick with 50 pounds as a donation to the Academy lately erected in Washington...". Other news reports from Boston, New York & Petersburg.

Four pages, very nice condition with 17 illus. ship ads on the ... See More  

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663734

An "Extra" issue on the Battle of Martinique...

Item #663734

May 25, 1780

THE LONDON GAZETTE--EXTRAORDINARY, England, May 25, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War



"Extraordinary" issues were printed outside the normal printing schedule when notable news needed to get to the public as quickly as possible.

This extraordinary issue is entirely taken up with the report on the Battle of Martinique, including the letter from Sir George Rodney to Mr. Stephe... See More  

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663716

Rare issue of a title which lasted just 14 issues...

Item #663716

January 10, 1689

THE UNIVERSAL INTELLIGENCE, London, January 10, 1688/9 [1689 by today's calendar]. 



* Very rare publication

* 17th century original




An extremely scarce title, as only two American institutions have any holdings of this title & even those have just a single issue, not this date.

This newspaper lasted for only 14 issues and this is issue "Numb. 11".

Various news from ... See More  

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$375.00
663594

Secret societies... Free Masons... Illuminati... numismatics...

Item #663594
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1798  The prominent feature of this issue would be the nearly 9 pages dedicated to the review of a new publication" "Proofs of Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies; collected from good authorities", by John Robison, Profe... See More  

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663449

Act concerning high treason & piracy in America...

Item #663449

December 18, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Dec. 18, 1779  The ftpg. has a report of several Acts of Parliament receiving the Royal Assent by the King, one to: "...empower His Majesty to secure & detain persons charged with, or suspected of, the crime of High Treason committed in any of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in America, or on the High Seas, or the crime of Piracy."

The bal... See More  

Item from Catalog 309 (released for August, 2021)...

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$42.00
663361

Salaries for officers of the federal government...

Item #663361

October 02, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Oct. 2, 1799 



* Early United States government

* Salaries for public officials




The back page has: "An Act to Augment the Salaries of the Officers Therein Mentioned" which has a list of key positions including their salaries, signed in type by the President: John Adams. A few include: Sec. of the Treasury, $5,000; Sec. of Wa... See More  

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663353

John Paul Jones captures the Serapis...

Item #663353

October 12, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Oct. 12, 1779 



* John Paul Jones

* Defeat of the HMS Serapis

* Captain Richard Pearson

* Revolutionary War naval




A terrific issue on the famous naval battle between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis, the former commanded by none other than John Paul Jones.

The entire front page is taken up with a letter prefaced with: "A letter from Captain Pear... See More  

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$385.00
663341

Terrific & early on Botany Bay...

Item #663341
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1786 



* Botany Bay

* New South Wales

* Australia




The first 2 1/2 pages are taken up with a lengthy & detailed report on the establishment of a penal colony in Botany Bay. It begins: "While the plan for settling a colony at Botany Bay is preparing to be carried into execution..." with much more, & including a description... See More  

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663336

Great map of the western hemisphere...

Item #663336
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1773 



* Captain James Cook

* North America map




Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice foldout map which accompanies the lengthy article: "Epitome of Lieut. Cooke's Voyage Round the World", showing most of North America, all of South America down to Cape Horn, and even portions of West Africa, Spain, France &am... See More  

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663335

On the Roberts & Carlisle treason... Discussion of the American war...

Item #663335
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1779



* Abraham Carlisle & John Roberts

* Treason trials - Revolutionary War




The first article: "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" takes ten pages and includes much talk of the on-going Revolutionary War, bits including: "...He enumerated a black catalogue of crimes committed by the leaders of the American rebe... See More  

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663075

The king creates codes for rebuilding London after the Great Fire...

Item #663075

September 17, 1666

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, September 17, 1666 



* The Great London Fire disaster

* Charles II of England creates safety codes




Certainly one of the more notable events in London history was the Great Fire which began on September 2. Very shortly thereafter, in an effort to rebuild London in a safe manner, the King issue various directives as to how the city would be rebuilt.

This text... See More  

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663066

Pithy observations by Benjamin Franklin...

Item #663066

September 04, 1759

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 4, 1759



* "Political Aphorisms...", by *Benjamin Franklin (?)



The first and a portion of the second column on page 7 has "Political Aphorisms concerning Population", signed "F", which has recently been attributed to Ben Franklin (see Swann Auctions for more information). Another London Chronicle from 10 days later, which ... See More  

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$127.00
663050

Quakers want immunity from military duty...

Item #663050

November 23, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 1791  Congressional business reported on page 3 includes mention that a memorial was presented: "...from a committee of the counties of Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette and Allegheny, remonstrating against the excise law....". Also that a memorial was presented: "...from the Quakers of the Eastern part of N. Car
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663036

Broadside newspaper on naval battles...

Item #663036

May 17, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, England, May 17, 1779  This is an uncommon broadside newspaper, single sheet and printed on one side only. The focus of this issue is on naval victories off the Brittany coast of France. Measures 7 3/4 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

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663035

The capture of St. Lucia...

Item #663035

March 24, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE--EXTRAORDINARY, England, March 24, 1779 



* Capture of St. Lucia, West Indies

* Battle of Morne de la Vierge

* American Revolutionary War




This "Extra" issue was published exclusively to report on the Siege of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, which begins with a letter from Major General Grant, commander of the British forces.

Included also are the: "...Art... See More  

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$56.00
663034

The siege of Pondicherry, India...

Item #663034

March 18, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, England, March 18, 1779 



* American Revolutionary War



The entire issue is taken up with various reports concerning the Siege of Pondicherry, a military action in India which was part of the Anglo-French War. Included is: "Capitulation for Pondicherry" which includes all 26 Articles of the capitulation signed in type by Hector Munro and Edward... See More  

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663032

British find success in the South...

Item #663032

February 23, 1779

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Feb. 23, 1779 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




Most of the front page is taken up with an: "Extract of a Letter from Major General Prevost to Lord George Germain, dated Savannah, Jan. 18, 1779" along with the list of captures at Fort Morris.

This report is on the action at Fort Morris (Sunbury), Georgia in ... See More  

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663029

The "crisis" is getting worse...

Item #663029

October 03, 1795

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Oct. 3, 1795  The front page has news reports from London, Bermuda, Plymouth, Northampton and elsewhere. Varied news reports carry over to pages 2 & 3. A feature of page 2 is an address: "To the Speaker of the House of Rep. of the U.S." which begins: "That viewing with deep & patriotic solicitude the present awful crisis ... See More  

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662994

Much news from the Revolutionary War...

Item #662994

September 28, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 1776 



* Rare Revolutionary War era title

* Tory issue from Pennsylvania


* Great year to have (1776)




This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.

The front page has an ad for the desertion of two soldiers from milita... See More  

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662992

Much on the troubling relations between England & the colonies...

Item #662992

December 23, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Dec. 23, 1775 



* Rare Revolutionary War era title

* Tory issue from Pennsylvania




Almost half of the front page is taken up with an address of the people Massachusetts concerning the state of our affairs with England and our relations with them. A few bits including: "We behold, with all the horror & grief national to a free people, the fa... See More  

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$470.00
662990

Monroe is the ambassador to France...

Item #662990

November 12, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 12, 1794  The front page features a report from France on the introduction of "James Monroe" as the ambassador to that country, with his lengthy address to the French National Convention. Page 2 has: "The Mineral Waters of Saratoga in the State of New York" which takes over a full column.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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$48.00
662937

"Extraordinary" issue on the Battle of Monmouth...

Item #662937

August 24, 1778

THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, England, Aug. 24, 1778



* Battle of Monmouth - New Jersey

* Sir Henry Clinton vs. George Washington

* American Revolutionary War




Such "extraordinary" issues were created when notable news was received outside the normal printing schedule and the publisher wanted to rush the news to the people as quickly as possible.

The purpose of this issue is t... See More  

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$288.00
662914

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #662914

June 02, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 2, 1797  This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The first issue app... See More  

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$67.00
662913

On the Salem witch trials...

Item #662913

February 21, 1693

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Feb. 21, 1693  This was a fine gentlemen's newspaper which was very popular in the coffeehouses of early England. Interesting reading on a wide range of topics & one of the earliest periodicals in English. Partially in question/answer format.

The back page has an advertisement for the 2nd edition of a book: "The late TRYALS of Several  WITCHES ... See More  

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$325.00
662855

By the famed printer Isaiah Thomas...

Item #662855

September 18, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Sept. 18, 1799 



* 18th century American title



Most of pages 1 and 2 are taken up with reports from Europe, while page 3 has some reports from Winchester, Virginia; New York, and Boston. Many ads, including three illustrated house ads.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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$41.00
662854

Washington responds to criticisms of the Jay Treaty...

Item #662854

October 22, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Oct. 22, 1795 



* George Washington letter

* re. Jay's Treaty




Page 3 has a letter from the county of Westmoreland to the President complaining about the terms of the Jay Treaty, followed by his response in which he notes: "...my deliberate opinion that in ratifying the treaty I had consulted the true interests of my country...". It is signed in type... See More  

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$72.00
662843

Eulogy of Dr. Halley... Three full page plates...

Item #662843
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1747  Nearly five pages are taken up with the continuation of: "The Eulogy of Dr. Halley" (spelled elogy), being the famous Edmund Halley the astronomer and for whom "Halley's Comet" is named. Part 1 is found in the October issue.

Two pages are taken up with a lengthy "List of Ships Taken", by the French &a
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$48.00
662811

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1674...

Item #662811

July 02, 1674

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, July 2, 1674



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had



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 complete as a single sheet, mea... See More  

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$44.00
662795

Full page engraving of the King's heart... Much on the situation in America...

Item #662795
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1762  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a nice, detailed engraving of the heart of George II, the late king of England who recently died. As the magazine describes it as: "...an anatomical representation of the Heart of his late Majesty, as it appeared upon opening his Body, in the presence of his Majesty's Physicians, e... See More  

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$70.00
662725

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown: a first report...

Item #662725

November 27, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 27, 1781



* Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

* Revolutionary War ending

* Historic item - 1st report




This is one of the more noteworthy issues of the Chronicle for the entire Revolutionary War, as it is the first issue in this title to announce the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, essentially ending the Revolutionary War.

Although the formal le... See More  

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$2,450.00
662711

Huge treaty with the Indians, signed by Washington...

Item #662711

January 23, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 23, 1796 



* President George Washington

* Native Americans - Indians treaty




Taking most of the front page & a portion of page 2 a treaty, headed at the top of pg. 1 with a script signature of the President: George Washington, and beginning: "Whereas a treaty of peace and friendship between the United States of America & the tribes of Indian... See More  

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$137.00
662704

Curious little "newspaper"...

Item #662704

December 25, 1773

MANIFESTES DE MARCHANDISES D'ENTREE DANA LE PORT DE MARSEILLE, (France), December 25, 1773



* Curious little "newspaper"

* Pre revolutionary era from France




This is a very curious little newspaper, loosely translated to: "Manifest of Goods Imported at the Port of Marseille". Qualifies as a periodical as the issue carries a specific date. But there is no text, instead ... See More  

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$28.00
662676

On proposing peace with the Americans... Franklin's son on independence...

Item #662676

November 25, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 25, 1775 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




Page 2 has: "...Lord North's motion for a reconciliation with the Americans..." dated Feb. 20, 1775, which is followed by his explanation of it, in all taking most of a column. It includes: "The Tea-act also will be repealed if asked for."... See More  

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$433.00
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