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Deaths of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Paine...

Item #684914
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1809

* Deaths of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Paine

The obituary listing inside includes: "At New York, the notorious Thomas Pain [sic]; whose death is an admonitory event; may the lesson that it inculcates be impressive..." & more. The opposing page has: "In Guppendorff, aged 76, Joseph Haydn, the celebrated composer... ju... See More  

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Spontaneous combustion of a drunkard...

Item #684887

July 23, 1830

CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE & JOURNAL, New York, July 23, 1830  Page 3 has a very curious article with a small heading: "Spontaneous Combustion of a Drunkard" with an interesting eye-witness account. Such an article certainly makes for an interesting conversation piece.

Four pages, some foxing, nice condition.

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The famous slave case of James Collins Johnson...

Item #684880

August 07, 1843

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Aug. 8, 1843  Page 3 includes a notable report on the slave case of James Collins Johnson, who was employed by Princeton University before being arrested as a fugitive runaway.

It reports in part: "...James Johnson, alias James Collins, the fugitive slave ...discovered at Princeton...and delivered over to his owner...having been ironed and... See More  

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Millerites driven insane in Vermont...

Item #684767

November 13, 1844

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 1844  Page 3 has a brief yet intriguing article: "More Of Millerism" which reports: "Mr. Addison Davis...says that 26 persons are now in the insane asylum at Brattleboro, Vermont, in consequence of insanity produced by the influence of Millerism."

The Millerites, led by William Miller, believed that the second comin... See More  

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Short-lived campaign newspaper supported the Whig party...

Item #684682

June 20, 1844

LOUISVILLE JOURNAL, EXTRA, Kentucky, June 20, 1844 

* Very rare publication

A quite rare and short-lived campaign newspaper which existed only to promote the Whig party cause in the 1844 election. This is issue #8 which was likely a run of just 27 issues printed from May 2 to December 5, 1844, as campaign newspapers typically ceased just following the election.

This title would resurre... See More  

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The prelude to war in 1861...

Item #684656

February 02, 1861

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 2, 1861 

* Pre Civil War tensions

* Secession in the South

The top of page 3 has one column headings: "THE REVOLUTION" "Warlike Reports from Charleston" "The State Forces Prepared to Attack Fort Sumter" and more with 3 illustrations of secession flags. Good content on the prelude to the Civil War.

Twelve pages, minor margin wear,... See More  

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Slave ads in this antebellum Louisiana newspaper...

Item #684369

November 30, 1850

THE DAILY DELTA, New Orleans, Nov. 30, 1850 

* Rare antebellum publication

* Runaway slaves & for sale ads

* From the deep South

Newspapers from the pre-Civil War South are rather difficult to find. Here is one from Louisiana.

Among the many inside page ads is one headed: "Slaves! Slaves! Slaves!" which notes in part: "The subscribers are prepared to receive, on c... See More  

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The antebellum South... Wilmington NC...

Item #684349

July 14, 1853

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 14, 1853  

* Rare antebellum publication

The back page has a lengthy "Proclamation by the President of the United States" signed in type: Franklin Pierce, concerning the sale of public land.

Four pages, various news of the day & other ads, a little irregular along the spine, generally nice.... See More  

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A very early issue of this famous anti-slavery title...

Item #684288

October 15, 1836

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, Oct. 15, 1836  

* Rare anti-slavery publication

* Early pre-Civil War era

It is rare to find such early issues of this famous anti-slavery title edited by William Lloyd Garrison. It began publication just 5 years earlier. The masthead features a woodcut of a slave auction.

Much anti-slavery content as one might expect, with articles including: "Re... See More  

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Edgar Allan Poe's Mother Theatre Ads In 1807...

Item #684230

September 17, 1807

BOSTON GAZETTE, Sept. 17, 1807

* Edgar Allan Poe's mother theater ad

On page 3 under "Boston Theatre" is a listing for a performance in a "favorite Entertainment" called "Rosina", featuring Mrs. Poe in the role of Rosina. Also a listing for a "Comic Opera" called "Robin Hood : Or, Sherwood Forest", with Mrs. Poe as Clorinda. This was the ... See More  

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Harper's Ferry Conspiracy... Prison and hanging of two conspirators...

Item #684072

December 31, 1859

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 31, 1959  The frontpage has a half page image of two John Brown's Raid (Harper's Ferry) conspirators, the caption which says: "Cook and Coppic escaped from their cell into the prison yard, the night previous to their execution". Additionally, page 6 has two articles: "COOK AND COPPIC ENDEAAVORING TO ESCAPE FROM THE JAI... See More  

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1851 Sandusky, Ohio....

Item #684030

September 22, 1851


* Erie County

* Uncommon title

This 4 page newspaper has news of the day with a few advertisements. Located in Northern Ohio, Sandusky is situated along the shores of Lake Erie.

Complete, measures 26 x 19 inches, several folds with a little wear, generally nice.

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Supporting William H. Harrison for President...

Item #683927

June 13, 1840

THE MADISONIAN, Washington City, June 13, 1840

* William Henry Harrison for president

This issue has on the inside page a political cartoon print of a log cabin (for Wm. H. Harrison) and a heraldic eagle engraving with "Harrison & Tyler" on a banner in the eagle's beak (see). Much political reporting.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Account of an 1812-1813 expedition from Louisiana through Texas...

Item #683900

August 28, 1819

THE WEEKLY REGISTER (Supplement), Baltimore, Aug. 28, 1819 

Page 42 begins: "Province of Texas", which includes a "brief history of an expedition in 1812 and 1813, from Louisiana into the Texas" and "The expedition carried on against the government of Spain in the Provine of Texas, which commenced in 1812, by a body of Americans, sided by malcontents in the co... See More  

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Slaves delivered to America... Return of slaves from the "Echo" slave ship...

Item #683749

December 12, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 12, 1858  Page 4 has a brief, yet historic report with a small heading: "The Yacht Wanderer" with a Savannah dateline. This is an infamous ship, as the Wanderer's notoriety is that it (illegally) delivered the next-to last load of African slaves to America. It notes in part: "...succeeded in evading the vigilance of the cruisers & landed a cargo of... See More  

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Two reports of the sea serpent...

Item #683697

July 24, 1839

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 24, 1839  

* Sea serpent - monster

* Nahant, Massachusetts

Of interest are not one but two articles on "The Sea Serpent", the first on page 1, noting in part: "...when off Nahant, he...had a fair view of the Sea Serpent. The appearance of this marine monster was such as has been often before described...the Sea Serpent was ... See More  

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Possibly the 1st Jew lynched within the United States...

Item #683494

August 17, 1868

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, August 17, 1868

* Lynching of Samuel Bierfield

* First Jew lynched in United States

* Jews - Jewish - Judaica item

* Ku Klux Klan - KKK members

The front page has an article with small heading: "Murders By The Ku-Klux Klan", being the account of the killing of a Jewish shop owner and his black employee by 15 masked men on horseback. The shop owner, Samuel Bierf... See More  

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The Grattan Indian massacre...

Item #683447

September 11, 1854

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, September 11, 1854 

* Grattan Massacre (1st report)

* United States Army

* Lakota Sioux Indians

The front page has an article headed: "Important from Fort Laramie--An Entire Detachment of United States Troops Massacred by the Indians" Early, 1st report coverage on what was known as the "Grattan Massacre". This was the opening engagement of the... See More  

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Firefighting interest... A Shaker washing machine...

Item #682880

March 10, 1860

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 10, 1860  The back page has: "IMPROVED NOZZLE FOR HOSE PIPE", which includes a small illustration of a fireman holding a firehose. The front page has: THE SHAKER WASHING MACHINE", which includes a large print and supporting text.

Additional content includes: "Brown's Improved Wagon Break", "Smith's Improved Water Whee... See More  

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Toussaint L'ouverture... Governor for Life...

Item #682830

August 19, 1801

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Mass., August 19, 1801  An inside page has much regarding St Domingo, including a mention of their soon to be printed Constitution, scattered details, and a mention of Toussaint L'ouverture being declared: "Governor For Life", with additional details (see images).

Additional news of the day with period advertising is found throughout.

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Mormon missionaries arrive in St. Louis... Indian troubles...

Item #682823

June 07, 1854

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 7, 1854

* Mormon missionaries

* Indians harass (Nebraska Territory) and are harassed (New York)

Page 3 has: "FROM SALT LAKE CITY", which tells of a group of missionaries having arrived safely at St. Louis, with some details regarding Mormon emigration.

Another article has: "Nebraska Excitement", which talks of trouble... See More  

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Notable pair of issues on the Maryland "Jew Bill" including its passage...

Item #682691

March 05, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 29, 1819 and March 5, 1825

* Maryland Jew Bill w/ passage

* Jewish religion rights

* Jews to hold public office (MD)

A fine pair of issues on the passage of the Maryland "Jew Bill".

May 29, 1819 issue: Certainly the best content is full text of the speech presented by of H.M. Brackenridge in the Maryland House of Delegates when the Jew ... See More  

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Michigan creates a constitution: a step towards statehood...

Item #682690

July 18, 1835

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 18, 1835

* Michigan territory creating a constitution

* A move towards statehood

The prime content in this issue would be the complete printing of the: "Constitution of the State of Michigan" which takes almost four pages and concludes with the signatures in type of the various members of Michigan's congress. This constitu... See More  

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See the nice masthead from 1846...

Item #682580

July 30, 1846

THE WEEKLY CHRONOTYPE, Boston, July 30, 1846 

* Uncommon title

See the great, early engraving of a railroad train in the masthead. An interesting array of news tidbits of the day.

Four pages, nice condition. This is the vol. 1 number 10 issue of a title which lasted about 4 years.... See More  

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1849 Pistol ad by Samuel Colt... slave ad...

Item #682575

October 13, 1849

THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 1849 

* Colt Revolver Ad

* Runaway slave ad

* Gold Rush era newspaper

The front page is filled with ads including a: "$150 Reward" ad for a runaway slave, with details. Beneath this is an ad: "Colt's Improved Repeating Pistols" signed in type: Samuel Colt. (see)

Four pages, a little stray period writing within the ma... See More  

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Charles Dickens... Defends attacks on his personal life...

Item #682129

June 21, 1858

BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT, Massachusetts, June 21, 1858

* Letter from Charles Dickens defending his character

Page 4 has a letter from Charles Dickens which is quite out of the ordinary. Although he states he rarely publicly defends against attacks on his personal life, recent accusations have led him to make an exception, the exception being this letter.

Other news of the day is found thro... See More  

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Masonic Celebration of Washington's initiation...

Item #681958

November 02, 1852

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 5, 1852  The front page has a mention of: "Masonic Celebration at Cincinnati", and continues on page 4 describing the annual celebration of George Washington being "initiated as a member of the mystic tie".

Complete in 8 pages and in good condition.

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First airplane death - a passenger with Orville Wright...

Item #681887

September 23, 1908

THE GREENSBOROUGH PATRIOT, North Carolina, September 23, 1908 

* Orville Wright Injured

* Thomas Etholen Selfridge Killed

* 1st powered airplane fatality

Page 4 has: "THE AIRSHIP DIASTER", with a corresponding article of, "The disaster to the air ship of Orville Wright in which the inventor was badly wounded and his companion killed is keenly felt in Washington, where t... See More  

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1856 Bleeding Kansas...

Item #681675

August 25, 1856


* Bleeding Kansas

* Missouri border invasion

The front page has a one column heading: "The War In Kansas" with subhead. (see) Lengthy text.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.

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Battle of Waterloo... Andrew Jackson murdered?

Item #681664

August 19, 1815

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 19, 1815 

* Battle of Waterloo - Wellington

* General Andrew Jackson murdered ?

Certainly the prime  content in this issue is a French version of the Battle of Waterloo. An inside page has a dispatch from the Duke of Wellington which recaps some of the events of the war and the follow-up movements. This is followed by a report from the... See More  

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Death by duel of naval hero Stephen Decatur...

Item #681217

March 25, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 25, 1820  

* Stephen Decatur killed (1st report)

* United States Navy commodore

* Duel vs. James Barron

The ftpg. has an article with small head: "Melancholy Occurrence" which begins: "A duel was fought on Wednesday...between the victor of the Macedonian, Com. Decatur, and com. Barron who commanded the Chesapeake frigate...Th... See More  

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The United States to buy Texas from Mexico...

Item #681184

January 02, 1830

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, January 2, 1830

* on the purchase of Texas from Mexico

One of the articles is headed: "Gen. Bravo and The Texas" with portions including: "...on the subject of ceding the Texas to this country...The letter is a ...passionate declamation against the acquisition of Texas by the United States, & of vehement accusations against our countr... See More  

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The "downfall of Babylon" and "fake news"...

Item #681103

October 03, 1835

THE DOWNFALL OF BABYLON, New York, Oct. 3, 1835  A quite rare & unusual weekly (later semi-monthly) newspaper with strong anti-Catholic leanings published by: "Samuel B. Smith, Late a Popish Priest", as noted in the dateline. This newspaper published from 1834-1839 & features an engraving in the masthead showing various churches in ruin and a subtitle: "Or, the Triumph ... See More  

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The Halls of Montezuma...

Item #681036

May 29, 1847

THE WEEKLY HERALD, New York, May 29, 1847  The top of the front page features a print of: "The New Steam Ship Washington - The First American Ocean Mail Steamer" with related text.

Also on the ftpg. is a large view of: "The Main Plaza In The City of Mexico - View Of the Halls of the Montezumas" with related ftpg. reports on the Mexican War.

Eight pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Early print of the bluffs along the Mississippi...

Item #680972

August 28, 1852

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Aug. 28, 1852  The front page has a nice print captioned: "Rock Bluffs On The Mississippi" with some descriptive text beneath

Four pages, large folio size, never bound nor trimmed, 3 folds with a bit of fold perforation just above the print, good condition. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

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Much reporting on the Mexican War as it nears its end...

Item #680944

October 12, 1847

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Oct. 12, 1847  Page 3 has much reporting on the Mexican War including: "Major Lally's Command" which has reports of the killed  & wounded at Cerro Gordo, National Bridge, Paso Ovijas, and at Lasanimas.

Also a report headed: "A Little Later From Vera Cruz" which has much, taking over a full column. There is also ... See More  

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Five American newspapers: 1803-1809...

Item #680931

December 30, 1808

Five very early 19th century American newspapers: The National Intelligencer, Dec. 30, 1808, U.S. Gazette for the Country, July 24 1809; Boston Gazette, May 28, 1804; New England Palladium, Aug. 10, 1802; and Columbian Centinel, Sept. 8, 1804. All five are good "newsy" newspapers of folio size, 4 pages, some margin tears, generally good condition. A nice set of five different, early news... See More  

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Traveling in the United States...

Item #680922

April 10, 1852

ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, April 10, 1852  Included are two pages of: "Traveling In the United States" which includes four prints including steam ship, sleighing, and railroad. Good text as well.

Sixteen pages, nice condition.

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Mordecai Noah and his failed Zionist efforts...

Item #680911

June 07, 1825

NATIONAL GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 7, 1825  Page 2 has: "Mr. said  to have purchased...Grand Island from the state of New York. The island is intended for a number of emigrants of the Jewish nation who are to find there...refuge from European oppression..." with more.

This was Mordecai Manuel Noah and his Zionists efforts, which never materialized. Noah was the fir... See More  

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Early report of the gold diggings in California... Slave ship captured...

Item #680902

December 16, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 1848  The ftpg. has a brief report headed: "Value Of Land in California" due to the discovery of gold.

Page 3 has over half a column of detailed reporting headed: "Later From the Gold Region" which is an early report, as most gold diggings were in 1849.

Also on page 3 is a report: "The Mormons in California have lai... See More  

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Famous Tom Sayers & John Heenan boxing match...

Item #680899

April 30, 1860

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, April 30, 1860  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 and graphic report: "History of the Battle" "The Fight ... See More  

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The first "learned society"...

Item #680898

August 15, 1816

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C. August 15, 1816  The second page carries an article "A number of the citizens of the District of Columbia, impressed with the importance of forming an association for the purpose of promoting useful knowledge, met on the 28th day of June, 1816,... agreeably to public notice the committee appointed as aforesaid reported the following draft of a con... See More  

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Baseball report in a sporting newspaper, before the Civil War...

Item #680854

June 04, 1859

THE NEW YORK CLIPPER, June 4, 1859  The front page features a print of the: "Royal YHacht Squadron Club House, Cowes."

Page 3 has most of a column headed: "Ball Play" with much detailed reporting of games, including 4 box scores.

This was a sports-themed newspaper with a wealth of reporting on various games, etc.

Eight pages, old mends near the spine and on page 2, othe... See More  

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Very early Charleston...

Item #680847

January 17, 1803

CHARLESTON COURIER, South Carolina, Jan. 17, 1803  A volume I issue (number 7) of this famous title from the South. The front page begins with the "Prospectus" of the newspaper, focusing on its intent, purpose, and style of the newspaper. The back page has 16 illustrated ship advertisements.

Four pages, slightly irregular at the blank spine, damp stain at the bottom, good condition... See More  

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Battle Of Waterloo...

Item #680821
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Supplement issue for the January-June volume, 1815

This "Supplement" issue reports one of the more notable military events in European history, the battle of Waterloo in which Napoleon Buonparte was defeated by England's Duke of Wellington. And terrific to have this in a British periodical, from the country which was the victor.

The historic re... See More  

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Print of Jewish hospital...

Item #680798
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England December, 1819  The prime feature would be the full page plate of the: "Jew's Hospital, Mile End Road, Whitechapel". Accompanying it is a descriptive article which takes more than a full page.

The other plate called for is lacking.

Complete in 94 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 ... See More  

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Print of Jewish hospital...

Item #680797
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England December, 1819  The prime feature would be the full page plate of the: "Jew's Hospital, Mile End Road, Whitechapel". Accompanying it is a descriptive article which takes more than a full page.

Also included is the plate: "South View of Chesterfield Church, Derbyshire".

Complete in 94 pages, full title/contents page featur... See More  

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First of this title we have offered?

Item #680737

March 18, 1837

STAR IN THE EAST & NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSALIST, Concord, March 18, 1837  A religious newspaper with a nice masthead. Perhaps the first of this title we have offered.

Four pages, light damp staining at the right side, good shape.

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John Adams invited to celebrate the anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth...

Item #680732

March 30, 1803

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 30, 1803  The ftpg. has a letter from the people of Plymouth to John Adams inviting him to a celebration of: "...the first landing of our Fore Fathers at this place.", with his response, signed in type: John Adams.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, archival strengthening at the spine, good condition.

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Unusual tightrope walking print ad...

Item #680731

July 15, 1818

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, July 15, 1818  News of the day with many ads throughout. The most interesting content is a page 3 illustrated advertisement for "Mr. Vilallave" and his tightrope walking exhibition, which includes a print of him on the wire.

Four pages, nice condition.

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