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670601

The beginning of the U.S. Navy's relationship with San Diego...

Item #670601

May 01, 1917

EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, California, May 1, 1917  A terrific and very displayable issue on the founding era of the United States Navy's relationship with San Diego, one which has grown tremendously ever since 1917 to become the home port of the Pacific Fleet, a base composed of 13 piers, with over 24,000 military personnel and over 10,000 civilian workers.  The U.S. Navy remains a... See More  

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$750.00
674868

Spindletop: birth of the modern petroleum industry...

Item #674868

January 13, 1901

HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, Jan. 13, 1901 



If ever there was a newspaper which heralded the birth of the oil industry in America, this is it.



Although discoveries were made in various locations long before this date, this discovery--to be known as Spindletop--marked the emergence of the oil industry at a time when the automobile and other industries were experiencing rapid growth, coinci... See More  

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$745.00
687859

Defending Edgar Allan Poe... Significant Poe issue...

Item #687859

May 19, 1853

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 19, 1853



* Edgar Allan Poe

* "A Rebel Soul"

* Henry Clay Preuss




 Page 2 has almost an entire column taken up with a very notable article headed: "Edgar A. Poe, by Henry Clay Preuss".

As a bit of background, the following from eapoe.org is very helpful:

“In the decade following Poe’s death, periodi
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Item from Catalog 321 (released for August, 2022)...

Added to Catalog #321 after the original version went to print. It is only available on-line.

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$725.00
660985

Follow-up to Gettysburg, and so much more...

Item #660985

July 08, 1863

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 8, 1863  Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.

A great issue on the events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, with reaction of nearby cities, the retreat & pursuit of the Confederates,  reports on the events immediately following Gettysburg, and more.

The front page includes: "... See More  

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$725.00
675983

Great account of the last of the Lincoln-Douglas debates...

Item #675983

October 23, 1858

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Oct. 23, 1858  



* Abraham Lincoln & Stephen Douglas

* The Great Debates of 1858 (last one)

* Alton, Madison County, Illinois




Keeping in mind that this was from the period of the Lincoln/Douglas debates, page 4 has a report from Springfield headed: "Illinois Politics" which talks of Stephen Douglas.

Taking over a full column is a fine report on the las... See More  

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$722.00
653745

An ad for the O.K. Corral... In a Tombstone newspaper...

Item #653745

April 30, 1886

THE DAILY TOMBSTONE, Pima County, Arizona, April 30, '86 (1886)



* Gunfight at the O.K. Corral fame

* Rare advertisement of the famed livery stable




This may well be the consummate "Old West town" much romanticized in movies and television shows, perhaps most famous for the gunfight at the OK Corral involving Wyatt Earp and the Clanton gang. I would almost suggest that this titl... See More  

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$698.00
674664

Washington's historic Farewell orders to the military..

Item #674664

December 27, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 27, 1783 



* General George Washington

* Farewell address to Continental Army




Certainly the most notable content is a full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783."

It reads in part:... See More  

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$696.00
678531

Best San Francisco earthquake issue to be had...

Item #678531

April 19, 1906

THE CALL-CHRONICLE-EXAMINER, San Francisco, California, April 19, 1906  This newspaper is destined to be--if not already--one of the premiere issues of the early 20th century.

See the photos for the great headlines and reports found not only on the front page but on all four pages.

Due to the destruction of the presses in San Francisco, these three separate & competing newspapers combin... See More  

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$695.00
682937

Rare Honolulu newspaper on Pearl Harbor... The "1st Extra"...

Item #682937

December 08, 1941

HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN-- 1st EXTRA, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Dec. 8, 1941  The very famous Dec. 7 issue of this paper has been reprinted so many times that genuine issues are difficult to find although they do exist.

Equally as rare--if not more so--is the "1st Extra" of the next day, with bold banner heads announcing: "ROOSEVELT DENOUNCES 'TREACHERY'; CALLS FOR ... See More  

Item from Catalog 320 (released for July, 2022)...

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$690.00
687150

An early, handsome issue from the colonies... Nice Ben Franklin content...

Item #687150

July 05, 1762

THE BOSTON EVENING-POST, July 5, 1762  A very handsome issue with an ornate coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead.

Page 2 has a nice, early item on Ben Franklin with an Oxford dateline: "Yesterday Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Pennsylvania, eminent for his many extraordinary improvements in electrical experiments, was presented by the University to the honorary degree of Doctor in Civil ... See More  

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$690.00
680364

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War... On Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga...

Item #680364

March 07, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 7, 1778 



* Surrender of general Burgoyne

* Battles of Saratoga - New York




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.

Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a: "...letter from Vice Admiral Lord Vi... See More  

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$680.00
658747

Latest war news in a rare newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #658747

August 26, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 26, 1779 



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication



A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.

Page 3 has a: "...letter from an officer of distinction to the honorable Major-General Gates..." which begins: "I ... See More  

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$680.00
678530

Dramatic issue on the San Francisco earthquake...

Item #678530

April 18, 1906

OAKLAND HERALD--3:30 Edition, April 18, 1906 



* 1906 San Francisco earthquake

* Early 1st report on same day it happened




A quite rare newspaper, as not only is this not the more famous (and more common) San Francisco CALL-CHRONICLE-EXAMINER newspaper of April 19 but it is a day earlier yet equally as dramatic. Remember that Oakland is just across the bay from San Francisco.

The bold, ... See More  

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$680.00
671463

Perhaps the best publication for any baseball collector...

Item #671463

November 28, 1867

THE BALL PLAYERS' CHRONICLE, New York, Nov. 28, 1867 



* Very rare baseball publication

* Henry Chadwick "Father of Baseball"




A very rare & desired title by any baseball collection as this was the first magazine in America devoted primarily to baseball.

Edited by the legendary Henry Chadwick, this paper lasted but 30 issues, from June 6 thru December 26, 1867 before c... See More  

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$670.00
671571

Washington's historic Farewell orders to the military..

Item #671571

January 06, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVRTISER, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1784 



* General George Washington

* Farewell address to his Army




Certainly the most notable & historic content is the full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783." It ta... See More  

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$670.00
658838

Broadside edition of this famous title, with good content...

Item #658838

January 08, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 8, 1782 



* Very rare Broadside edition from the Revolutionary War



Apparently a quite unusual broadside edition as the issue is single sheet with the back page blank. If page 2 had text I would suspect that the back leaf was missing, but the ftpg. text concludes on the front page and the reverse is entirely blank.

The ft... See More  

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$670.00
682466

Perhaps the best publication for any baseball collector...

Item #682466

September 26, 1867

THE BALL PLAYERS' CHRONICLE, New York, Sept. 26, 1867 



* Very rare baseball publication

* Henry Chadwick "Father of Baseball"




A very rare & desired title by any baseball collector as this was the first magazine in America devoted primarily to baseball.

Edited by the legendary Henry Chadwick, this paper lasted but 30 issues, from June 6 thru December 26, 1867 before c... See More  

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$670.00
675237

The first convention of clubs: the birth of organized baseball...

Item #675237

January 31, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, January 31, 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 the vol. 1 number 11 issue.

The page 13 report could be considered the birth of organized baseball. The top of the first column is headed: "BASE BALL - Young... See More  

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$670.00
661436

George Washington on aiding the enemy...

Item #661436

May 04, 1776

PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, May 4, 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.

Half of the front page is a letter signed by: A Settled Citizen" which r... See More  

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$665.00
661816

The Chicago Fire, reported in a Chicago newspaper...

Item #661816

October 11, 1871

CHICAGO EVENING MAIL, Oct. 11, 1871 



* Great Chicago fire

* Best title to be had (rare)




What could be better than a Chicago newspaper covering the Chicago Fire of 1871?

A great issue created under challenging situations as explained on page 2: "To Our Readers & The General Public" "Although not a type or a dollar's worth of the material of the Evening Mail survi... See More  

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$665.00
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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$665.00
672273

Exceedingly rare Napoleon occupation newspaper...

Item #672273

January 05, 1811

COURRIER D'AMSTERDAM or the COURIER VAN AMSTERDAM, January 5, 1811 (No. 5) 



* Exceedingly rare Napoleon Bonaparte occupation newspaper



This was a daily newspaper published in Amsterdam during the French occupation of Holland. It is bilingual: half printed in French and half in Dutch. Two mastheads as well, one in each language.

In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte annexed Holland to his empi... See More  

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$665.00
662272

From Houston during the Civil War...

Item #662272

November 09, 1864

THE HOUSTON TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, Nov. 9, 1864 



* Very rare issue from the Southwest Confederacy



Newspapers from Texas are very uncommon, particularly from before or during the Civil War period. Here is an issue from the midst of the war, one of the earliest war-dated issues we have offered in recent years.

The front page has over 2 columns taken up with a terrific speech given by Jeff... See More  

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$660.00
681342

Lincoln's assassination: John Wilkes Booth on the front page...

Item #681342

April 29, 1865

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 29, 1865



* Famous Abraham Lincoln assassination issue

* The same issue (title and date) found in the time capsule under the (former) statue of Robert E. Lee on Dec. 28, 2021




The front page has a large and dramatic illustration of "J. Wilkes Booth" plus a lengthy article headed: 'The Murder Of The President' making this a nice display is... See More  

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$655.00
661067

(9 issues) Chicago Black Sox - entire 1919 World Series....

Item #661067

October 02, 1919

* Chicago White (Black) Sox

* Cincinnati Reds - World Series

* Black Sox Scandal complete set




THE NEW YORK TIMES, a complete set of all 8 games of the infamous 1919 Major League Baseball World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds, to become known as the "Black Sox" series due to the alleged corruption of the White Sox team to throw the series.

This s
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$655.00
658473

On George Washington's death & funeral... Front page report of his death...

Item #658473

January 08, 1800

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL & MASSACHUSETTS FEDERALIST, Boston, January 8, 1800 



* President George Washington death - funeral



The front page has a nice account headed: "Washington's Last Illness" which begins: "Some time in the night of Friday, the 10th instant, having been exposed to a rain on the proceeding day, General Washington was attacked with an inflammatory affec... See More  

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$650.00
682815

California becomes a state... Key acts in the Compromise of 1850...

Item #682815

September 12, 1850

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 1850 



* California joins the Union (statehood)

* From the nation's capital




Not only does page 3 contain the official Act of Congress creating California as a state, the report is in the newspaper which was the unofficial voice of the government in any matters political.

Page 3 has: "An Act for the Admission of the State of C... See More  

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$650.00
656604

Unique "Yankee" & "Confederate" pair of the same date...

Item #656604

July 22, 1861

Here is a unique opportunity for a pair of issues--one Yankee and the other Confederate--of the identical date of July 22, 1861 both reporting on the First Battle of Bull Run, one from the New York Tribune and the other from the Confederate capital of Richmond, titled the Daily Dispatch, providing a perspective of how the news was reported with all the "spin" & biases that ... See More  

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$650.00
662805

Rare Confederate Memphis broadside...

Item #662805

April 20, 1861

DAILY APPEAL EXTRA, Memphis, Tennessee, April 20, 1861 



* Very rare Confederate broadside

* Beginning of the Civil War

* Vicksburg MS Mississippi




An extremely scarce item, being a broadside edition (printed on one side only) of a newspaper from early in the Confederacy from a city which was only "Confederate" until the battle of Memphis, June 6, 1862, after which it was in Y... See More  

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$645.00
674389

Full text of the Louisiana Purchase...

Item #674389

October 31, 1803

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, October 31, 1803 



* Historic Louisiana Purchase

* Full text of the acquisition

* Expansion of the United States




The complete text of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, with both conventions, is found on page 2. It is prefaced with an article headed: "Louisiana Treaty!" noting in part: "Yesterday...the Senate ratified the Louisiana Treaty, ... See More  

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$640.00
687287

The King addressses Parliament on the dire situation in America...

Item #687287

February 23, 1782

THE NEW-HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE and GENERAL ADVERTISER, Portsmouth, Feb. 23, 1782



* Rare publication during Revolutionary War



 This is certainly one of the less common titles from the Revolutionary War era.

Page 2 has a letter that notes in part: "...the Americans might yet be brought back to a constitutional subordination to this country!...". Also: "The troops destined for t... See More  

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$640.00
172368

The slave ship...

Item #172368

June 02, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860  The prime print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text and 4 re... See More  

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$636.00

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683378

The slave ship...

Item #683378

June 02, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860  The prime print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text and 4 re... See More  

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$636.00
683379

The slave ship, with prints of slaves onboard...

Item #683379

June 02, 1860

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860  The prime graphic print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text ... See More  

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$636.00
682332

A first report on Lincoln's assassination...

Item #682332

April 22, 1865

SCHENECTADY REPUBLICAN, New York, April 22, 1865 



* Abraham Lincoln assassination (1st report)

* Ford's Theater - John Wilkes Booth




Being a weekly newspaper this is the first report of the Lincoln assassination, and given it was printed 7 days after his death is includes much more information than typically found in an April 15 issue.

Page 2 has nice column heads including: "... See More  

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$635.00
687310

First report on the Treaty of Peace, printed on the front page...

Item #687310

September 09, 1783

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 9, 1783  Certainly the most notable content is the very historic front page report, a portion reading: ".....arrived...The Definitive Treaty with the United States of America was also signed at Paris on the 3d instant, by David Hartley, Esq; His Majesty's Plenipotentiary, and by the Plenipotentiaries of the United States; and Mr. Hartley is hou... See More  

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$625.00
667759

Early American title from the French & Indian War...

Item #667759

May 13, 1762

THE BOSTON NEWS-LETTER AND NEW ENGLAND CHRONICLE, May 13, 1762 



* Rare Colonial Massachusetts

* St. Augustine, Florida




This is a much later issue of America's first successful newspaper, founded in 1704.

The top of the ftpg. has a nice recruiting advertisements to enlist soldiers to fight in the on-going French & Indian War: "For Recruiting His Majesty's Regular Forc... See More  

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$625.00
669238

The Whiskey Rebellion... Washington's involvement...

Item #669238

November 08, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 8, 1794 



* Whiskey Rebellion

* General Henry Lee III




This issue has content relating to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania.

A great issue as page 2 has much on the Rebellion, including an article headed "Patriot Army" with the latest reports, one beginning: "This day the President of the United States arrived here...The resist... See More  

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$620.00
658843

Report of Cornwallis's surrender, and Cornwallis' letter in which he admits being in a critical state...

Item #658843

February 26, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Feb. 26, 1782 



* Lord Charles Cornwallis

* Surrender at Yorktown




The most historic content is on page 3 which begins with a letter from Sir Henry Clinton to Lord George Germain, dated October 19, 1781. It contains in part: "...sailed from Sandy Hook on the 16th instant and arrived off Cape Charles the 24th, when we had... See More  

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$590.00
665726

A Colorado newspaper printed eleven years before statehood...

Item #665726

September 15, 1865

THE DAILY DENVER GAZETTE, Colorado, Sept. 15, 1865 



* Very rare & early territory publication

* Post Civil War reconstruction era




This is actually a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not become a state until 1876, eleven years after this issue was published. And this is a volume one issue.

Outside of several issues of the Rocky Mountain News we have offered--which was Colorado... See More  

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$590.00
664353

Positively Main Street...

The six issue set on the life of Bob Dylan...

Item #664353

March 20, 1969

THE VILLAGE VOICE, New York  A six issue set of issues containing the entire series of six articles on the life & career of Bob Dylan. The dates are March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1969.

All are authored by Toby Thompson when he traveled to Dylan's hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Each of the articles have a subtitle: "A Good Family Boy" "Join the Elvis Rebellion&... See More  

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$590.00
667784

Rare and early title from Honolulu...

Item #667784

February 22, 1845

THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Feb. 22, 1845 



* Very rare 19th century Hawaiian publication



One of the earliest newspapers we have offered from Hawaii, and fourteen years earlier than the few of this title we offered in recent years.

The "first series" of this title existed for just 1 1/2 years from 1840 to 1841. It proved unprofitable and was shut down. Th... See More  

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$585.00
673127

A different title from Tombstone, Arizona...

Item #673127

August 23, 1889

TOMBSTONE PROSPECTOR, Arizona, Aug. 23, 1889 



* Very rare Western publication

* Gunfight at the O.K. Corral fame




We have had a few other newspapers from the iconic Old West town of Tombstone, but this is just the 2nd time we have seen this title. The masthead features a great engraving of a miner on a mule.

Various mining-related items as well as regional & national news reports. ... See More  

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$577.00
682666

Beautiful masthead... On the Battle of Eutaw Springs...

Item #682666

December 29, 1781

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 29, 1781 



* Rare 18th century American publication

* Great masthead engraving for display




I have always thought this newspaper has one of the finest masthead, featuring an uncommonly large engraving with an Indian and an angel on either side of the "Journal", plus a 3-masted ship & other embellis... See More  

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$570.00
658478

Great "Extra" edition on the Battle of Gettysburg...

Item #658478

July 05, 1863

THE NEW YORK HERALD--EXTRA, July 5, 1863 



* Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

* Most historic battle of the Civil War




A terrific and quite graphic issue on the Battle of Gettysburg with nearly a full front page column of heads concerning the battle, including a nice patriotic graphic (see). Note that most of these heads are actually in the Herald issue of July 6, but this being a larg... See More  

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$570.00
660594

From Texas during the Civil War...

Item #660594

September 23, 1864

GALVESTON TRI-WEEKLY NEWS, Texas, September 23, 1864 



* Very rare issue from the Southwest Confederacy



Although the title notes "Galveston", the dateline notes it was printed in nearby Houston, as it is likely moving a bit more inland offered greater security from the Yankee forces.

Confederate newspapers from Texas are very uncommon particularly from before or during the Civ... See More  

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$570.00
667841

Stonewall Jackson is wounded... Battle of Chancellorsville...

Item #667841

May 05, 1863

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, May 5, 1863 



* Battle of Chancellorsville - Virginia

* General Stonewall Jackson wounded

* From the capital of the Confederacy




Not only a nice newspaper from the Confederacy but one from its capital. This is a particularly significant issue as there is good content on the Battle of Chancellorsville, a significant victory for the Confederate forces al... See More  

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$565.00
655090

From Houston during the Civil War...

Item #655090

April 10, 1865

THE HOUSTON TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, April 10, 1865



* Very rare issue from the Southwest Confederacy



Newspapers from Texas are very uncommon, particularly from before or during the Civil War period. Here is an issue from two days after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, containing three dispatches about the Union assault on Fort Steadman, each signed in type: U.S. Gra... See More  

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$565.00
682667

Creating the District of Columbia...

Item #682667

January 27, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 27, 1791 



* Creating Washington D.C. - seat of government

* President George Washington & Thomas Jefferson




The entire first column on page 2 is taken up with a very historic document: "A Proclamation" in which Maryland & Virginia both offered to cede to the United States land upon which the capital would be cr... See More  

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$565.00
677987

The Battle of Long Island, with a map... Patrick Henry...

Item #677987
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Oct., 1776  



* Battle of Long Island

* Revolutionary War

* Patrick Henry




This issue is filled with a great wealth of notable content concerning the Revolutionary War, however the prime piece here is the nice foldout map titled: "Sketch of the Country Illustrating the late Engagement in Long Island".

The map measures 9 by 13 inches & sho... See More  

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$565.00
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