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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
The Nova Constellatio coin, made for the American colonies... Settling Australia as a penal colony...
* The Nova Constellatio coin print
* Made for circulation in the American colonies
The most interesting item in this issue is the foldout plate which contains--among other prints--an image of the "Nova Constellatio" coin used in the colonies (see). The print shows both the obverse & reverse & has a date of 1785.
Th... See More
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 1844
* Gag rule (United States)
* Re. African slavery trade
* Rule is finally rescinded
* Best publication to be had ?
Page 2 has both the text of the petition to end the infamous "Gag Rule" which prevented members of the House of representatives talking about slavery and/or related topics, and the result of the... See More
SUPPLEMENT TO FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Oct. 27, 1886 Despite its flaw, this is a terrific, dramatic, and huge print of: "The Bartholdi Statue Of Liberty, On Bedloe's Island, New York Harbor" at night time. A quite rare print which I don't believe we have offered before.
It measures 22 by 33 inches. There are numerous archival repairs to the blank reverse, ... See More
Jeff Davis' Proclamation on the Mumford controversy: death for Butler... Battle of Murfreesboro... A "Memphis" title......
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 3, 1863
* Battle of Stones River - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
* Jefferson Davis proclamation
* Very rare title
This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South--see the information below. The most notable content in the issue is the back page report headed: "The Battle At Murfreesboro" "Confed... See More
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, New York, July 1, 1865 Perhaps the best & most desired print is the very nice half pg. vertical print captioned: "Grand Match Between the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, & the Resolute Club of Brooklyn, N.Y....at the Union Ground, Brooklyn.". This shows a game in progress, including the full panorama of the field with a cro... See More
* Mutiny on the Bounty
* Captain William Bligh
Near the back of this issue (starting on page 463) is one of the more historic naval report of the 18th century, since romanticized by the famous movie, giving a fine account of the mutiny on board the ship Bounty. The report is headed: "Several Memorable Events have lately happened at ... See More
THE NEW SOUTH, Port Royal, South Carolina, March 22, 1862
Notable content in this volume I, number 2 issue includes a pg. 3 report: "Details of the Naval Fight in Hampton Roads" which is well-written and quite informative and takes one and a half columns. Good coverage about the attack by the Merrimack, followed by details of the engagement between the two famous iron-clads. In th... See More
LOS ANGELES HERALD EXPRESS, California, Feb. 24, 1942
* Attack on California coast
* Ellwood oil field shelling
* Japanese submarine I-17
* Best title to be had ? (rare)
The bold headline proclaims: "HUNT JAP U-BOAT IN RAID ON SOUTHLAND" with a smaller banner: "2 U.S. Ships Wrecked; 189 Die". One of the subhead notes: "Sub Shells Oil Field Near Santa Barbara... See More
THE SEATTLE DAILY TIMES, Washington, May 7, 1937
* Hindenburg airship disaster
* Lakehurst NJ New Jersey
This is the "9th Extra" and is just a four page edition, paginated A, B, 17, 18 which follows up after the 8th Edition which ended with pages 16.
A very dramatic front page mostly taken up with 3 photos, all showing the Hindenburg in various states of destruction. The P... See More
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, March 22, 1865
* Very rare Civil War title
* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow
* Final weeks of the rebellion
W. G. Brownlow, or Parson Brownlow, was a fascinating personality to say the least. He regarded anyone who disagreed with him about religion or politics as an enemy. The circuit-riding Me... See More
DAILY DISPATCH, Richmond, Virginia, July 29, 1861
* First Battle of Bull Run
* Manassas VA Virginia
* Great title to have in
A nice newspaper from the capital of the Confederacy. Almost the entire front page is taken up with war-related reports with items headed: "Speech of Gov. Jackson of Missouri" "The Rich Mountain Fight--Statement of Col. Fulkerson" "From... See More
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Boston, Dec. 5, 1910
* Mary Baker Eddy death
* Church of Christ, Scientist
* Best title to be had (rare)
A very significant issue, as the top of the front page has: "Mary Baker Eddy" being a report of her death. Eddy was the founder of Christian Science and the founder of this newspaper, just two of her many accomplishments. The text carries o... See More
NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 18, 1857 Page 6 contains one of the more historic documents in Mormon history, with the report headed: "The Mormon War" which has a report from military officers on the situation: "...confirming the destruction of the supply trains...". This is followed by a letter from the: "Governor's Office Utah Territory" written to: "The Offic... See More
PRIVATE NEWS LETTER, Petrograd (St. Petersburg, Russia), April 18, 1917
* Russian Revolution of 1917
Noted under the title is "(Translations from Russian papers)". This is a very rare "newspaper", typewriter-set on four individual sheets, reproduced on a mimeograph machine.
Keep in mind that this was near the beginning of the Russian Revolution. A few years earlier... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1886
* Great 19th century baseball print
The full ftpg. shows: "Some Setters & Pointers at the Dog Show" with a related article inside. Other prints include: "The Canoe Exhibition", a Thomas Nast political cartoon: "The Root Of The Matter"; a doublepage centerfold of: "Trinity Church, Boston"; and a full ... See More
THE DAILY SOUTH CAROLINIAN, Columbia, May 3, 1864
* Very rare Civil War title
A very scarce title from the Confederacy. Page 2 has an editorial headed: “Extortioners As Soldiers” and also: “War News” which has a variety of reports & subheads including: “Fight In East Tennessee” “Good Reports From Mississippi” “Important Proclama... See More
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 19, 1878 This now very famous serious of photos, captioned: "The Science of the Horse's Motions" done by Mr. Muybridge, taught his how a horse truly trots and gallops. Previous to these photographs it was though that horses galloped much differently, hence the unusual paintings of horses in gallop prior to this time.
Page 3 has a related art... See More
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
SAN FRANCISCO HERALD, California, Oct. 6, 1856 A very rare & early newspaper from California as this is the "San Francisco Herald For The Steamer" as noted at the top of pages 2-8, more commonly known as the "steamer edition". Such editions are much more rare than the "regular" editions.
Note that the masthead specifies what the market is for this edition: ... See More
SPORTING ITEM, Philadelphia, March 19, 1892
* Very rare publication
A quite rare title, the first we have seen and this is the vol. 1 #7 issue. The Library of Congress has no record of it, and Gregory's "Union List of American Newspapers" has no mention of this title. The masthead is large & features vignettes of many sports.
A folio size, 8 page newspaper totally fo... See More
THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1851
* 1st America's Cup race
* Schooner Yacht "America"
The front page features a nice print of the yacht: "The America", which to our knowledge is the only period print of the racing yacht America having just won the historic race against 14 other competitors. A similar print appears is the Illus. London News ... See More
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 28, 1641
* Earliest newspaper in your collection?
The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News"." This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Th&eac... See More
DAILY NEWS, New York, Oct. 17, 1969
* New York 'Amazin' Mets'
* World Series Champions
* Best publication to have ?
This would have to be one of the iconic sports reports of the 20th century, the entire front page taken up with a celebratory crowd at the stadium with the words: "WORLD CHAMPS ! " dropped out of the photo. The Major League Baseball World Series vi... See More
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, November 30, 1641 The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News". This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Théophraste Renaudot but with influential backing by... See More
THE WORLD, New York, July 7, 1876 Fine front page coverage of the Custer massacre which included a column-wide map described in the text headed: "The Battle-Ground" and reading: "The following map of the Big Horn region of Montana and Wyoming presents in sufficient detail for the purposes of the reader, the scene of the recent battles between the Indians and Custer on the Litt... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 7, 1865
* Slavery abolished in America (historic)
* 13th Thirteenth Amendment ratification
The top of page 7 has first column heads announcing the very historic report that the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States, became the law of the land when the required number of states ratified the amendment on December 6. The heads include: "THE ... See More
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 30, 1878
* Historic Phonograph invention
* Thomas Edison - inventor
Appearing on inside pg. (see photo) is a nice 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch illustration of Edison's recent invention--the phonograph. Amazed by this uncomplicated apparatus, the report begins: "It is a peculiar feature of the Edison phonograph that no mere description
NEW YORK SATURDAY JOURNAL, Sept. 11, 1875 The front page is dominated by a very large image of: "Hon. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)", along with the beginning of a story by him titled: "Deadly-Eye, the Unknown Scout, by Buffalo Bill, the Celebrated Scout, Guide, and Hunter-Author." The story takes most of page 2 and is continued in a later issue.
Some crude repairs to t... See More
THE CRISIS, Columbus, Ohio, March 28, 1861
* Confederate Constitution
* Pro-South publication
This issue has some nice items from just before the outbreak of the Civil War including ftpg: "Veto of President Davis" "Presidential Appointments" "Sad State of Things at Washington" "The Hour of our Trouble is Upon us in all its Fearful Proportions&q... See More
* Peace of Utrecht - treaty
* War of the Spanish Succession
This issue begins with: "The TREATY of Peace Between his Most Christian Majesty and his Royal Highness of SAVOY, Concluded at Utrecht, April 11, 1713.
This was one of the treaties of Utrecht. The Treaty of Utrecht was an historic agreement among various European powers, with France bei... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, February 21, 1918
* Knute Rockne named head coach
* Note Dame Fighting Irish
* NCAA college football
Here is a terrific report for any Notre Dame fan. A small one column headlines near the bottom of page 12 announces: "NEW NOTRE DAME COACH" "Rockne Appointed to Succeed Harper as Athletic Director" which tells of the hiring of Knute Rockne as the... See More
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 22, 1881
* American Red Cross created
* Clara Barton
The front page has a very significant report on the establishment of the American Red Cross. The article is headed: "The Red Cross" "Efforts To Establish An Organization in the United States". With a dateline of "Washington, May 21", the article begins: "At a meeting held th... See More
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 28, 1773
* Rare Colonial Pennsylvania title
* Great masthead for display
This newspaper from this period had one of the more beautiful & decorative of the colonial era (see).
The entire front page is taken up with "Proceedings in the House of Commons on East India Affairs". Inside has reports from Lond... See More
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN, Hawaii, March 12, 1959 (a complete issue)
* Best Hawaii statehood issue
* Terrific for display
This would be "the" displayable issue to own recognizing Hawaii becoming the 50th state of the Union.
The huge banner headline across the top of the front page--in red ink--reads: "STATEHOOD" with an 8 1/2 by 6 inch color print of an American flag... See More
THE YORK DISPATCH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 3, 1959
* Death of rock & roll stars
* Buddy Holly, the "Big Bopper" and Richie Valens
* "The Day the Music Died"
The death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the "Big Bopper" from the early rock and roll era is not commonly found in period newspapers, unfortunately. And when found the reports are typicall... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, March 24, 1862
* Uriah P. Levy death (1st report)
* 1st Jewish commodore of U.S. Navy
* American Civil War - Jews
The most notable content within this issue is the very brief, but historic page 3 report of the death of Commodore (Admiral) Uriah P. Levy, the first U.S. Jewish Commodore, War of 1812 hero, and credited for abolishing the disciplinary procedure of flogg... See More
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Feb. 14, 1921 The top of page 18 begins with column heads: "BASEBALL GATES FOREVER CLOSED TO INDICTED SOX". Included is a small photo of "Judge K.M. Landis, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
This concerns the infamous Black Sox scandal of the 1919 Major League Baseball World Series
The article notes in part: "It is the opinion of many bas... See More
* King Louis XVI of France execution w/ print (historic)
This issue contains the: "Minutes of the Proceedings of the National Convention of France" which takes 4 pages with considerable detail on the trial of Louis XVI with a subhead: "The Final Judgment of Louis XVI" which has text which includes: "...Is Louis ... See More
THE LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, England, Jan. 22, 1777
* Capture of Newport, Rhode Island
* General Henry Clinton (British)
* American Revolutionary War
This is a broadside "Extraordinary", being single sheet and printed on one side only.
"Extra" issues were printed when notable news was received outside the normal printing schedule, issue to get the informatio... See More
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER with the "Supplement To Volume XV", Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 20, 1819
* The Jew Bill - president's support
* Equal rights for Jews - voting
Certainly the best content in this issue is in the lengthy "Supplement" to the volume, with an article headed: "Legislature Of Maryland - The Jew Bill--From A Correspondent" which takes... See More
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 15, 1855
* Volume 1 - Number 1 issue
This is the very first issue, volume one, number one, of what would become the first truly successful illustrated newspaper in America, predating even the famous Harper's Weekly by more than a year. Following on the heels of the Gleason's/Ballou's publication which lasted about 10 years, Les... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY August 23, 1873
* Winslow Homer's "Clam Bake" illustration
Certainly the prime content is the very nice full pg. Winslow Homer print "Sea Side Sketches - A Clam Bake." which is in great condition.
Also a full pg: "Sea Side Sketches - A Chowder Party at Fire Island."; fullpg. illus. of: "The Virgin Mary's Letter Box - Romish Supe... See More
SUPPLEMENT TO THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, 1784 This "supplemental" issue produced at the end of the year begins with a nearly 6 page article: "A Summary Account of the Various Advantages Resulting from the Voyages of Discovery, Undertaken & Performed during the Present Reign: With an Accurate Chart of the N.W. Coast of America, and N.E. Coast of Asia, as Explored by th... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 4, 1873
* Caricaturist Thomas Nast
* Christmas - Santa Claus
Certainly the most notable print is the great doublepage centerfold by Thomas Nast captioned: "The Same Old Christmas Story Over Again" showing two kids sleeping amongst their dreams. Santa Claus with his bag of toys is here as well.
There are many other prints in the i... See More
WESTERN SENTINEL, Winston, North Carolina, September 17, 1863
* Rare Confederate title from the Civil War
This is a very rare title from the Confederacy. According to Brigham only four institutions in the United States have any holdings of this title from the Civil War, most just a few scattered issues. The American Antiquarian Society has no issues recorded from this era.
The entire ... See More
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, April 2, 1782
* Rare American Revolutionary War publication
* Battle of Saint Kitts - British vs. French Navy
Half of page 2 is taken up with the treaty for the: "Capitulation of the Islands of St. Christopher's and Nevis, between Count de Grasse...and the Marquis de Bouille...and Thomas Shirley...and T... See More
DAILY PROGRESS, New Bern, North Carolina, July 20, 1861
* Very rare Confederate title
* First Battle of Bull Run
* Manassas, Virginia
Certainly one of the less common titles from the Confederacy, as rarely have I seen it offered. This coastal town didn't remain Confederate for very long as it fell to General Burnside on March 14, 1862 with the Battle of New Bern. So truly &... See More
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 28, 1674
* Very early Union Jack Flag description
More than half of the front page is taken up with a notable Proclamation by the King of England concerning use and description of the British flag, and is one of the earliest printed references to the term "Union Jack" for the flag (is it the earliest??).
The Proclamation is a result of merchant s... See More
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 13, 1783
* Rare title w/ great masthead
* re. End of the Revolutionary War
The photo shows one of the more decorative and larger engravings to be found in an 18th century American newspaper, making this a very nice issue for display.
The front page has a few bits with oblique references to the end of the Revolu... See More