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683305

Considerable reporting on the trouble with Indians in America...

Item #683305

November 07, 1682

THE LOYAL PROTESTANT and TRUE DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE, or, NEWS both from City and Countrey.  London, April 26, 1681  Printed just below the masthead: "Published to prevent False, Scandalous and Seditious Reports." This is one of the very scarce titles from the 17th century as I believe we have only offered a few in the past 46 years.

Complete as a single sheet issue, 7 1/4 by ... See More  

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$335.00
658584

Cornwallis, the Marquis de la Fayette, & others...

Item #658584

June 19, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, June 19, 1781 



* Rare American Revolutionary War publication



Inside has a few items  relating to the Revolutionary War, including a bit noting: "...recommend unanimity, firmness and perseverance to the people of  the American states as the British ministry are straining every nerve to enable Generals Clinton an... See More  

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$330.00
674862

Graphic issue on the sinking of the Lusitania...

Item #674862

May 07, 1915

THE ROCK ISLAND DAILY UNION, Illinois, May 7, 1915 



* RMS Lusitania torpedoed and sunk

* Nice headline and photo for display




A very nice & graphic first report of the sinking of the Lusitania, with a 2-line banner headline: "Giant Liner Lusitania of Cunard Line is Sunk in the Irish Sea by Either Torpedo or Infernal Machine". Also a rather large photo headed: "Cunard ... See More  

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$330.00
684214

"Memphis" newspaper printed in Montgomery, Alabama...

Item #684214

October 14, 1864

THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Montgomery, Alabama, October 14, 1864 



* Very Rare Confederate title from the "traveling" newspaper

* Memphis newspaper printed in Montgomery, Alabama

* A wealth of Civil War related reporting




See the bottom of this listing for the fascinating history of this newspaper. Among the front page items are: ""Forrest's Operations" takin... See More  

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$330.00
680755

Creating the state of Israel...

Item #680755

May 16, 1948

NEW YORK TIMES, May 16, 1948



* State of Israel is established

* Israel is recognized by the United States

* Skirmishing between Arabs & Jews continue




The front page features a 5 column, 3 line head: "Arab Armies Invade Palestine; Reach Gaza, Bomb Tel Aviv Again; U.S. Considers Lifting Arms Ban" with related subheads including: "Attack Concerted" "4-Front Blow S... See More  

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676076

Advertisement on the Salem witch trials...

Item #676076

February 11, 1693

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Feb. 11, 1693 



* Rare Salem witch trials advertisement

* Very early and rare 17th century title




The back page has an advertisement for the book "The Second Edition of the late TRYALS of several WITCHES in New-England. Written by Cotton Mather, and Published by the Special Command of the Governour." (see)

This is the only periodical we have ever ... See More  

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662345

Great issue on the capture of New York...

Item #662345

November 05, 1776

ST. JAMES'S CHRONICLE, London, Nov. 5, 1776



* American Revolutionary War

* New York City captured

* General William Howe




This is a very significant issue, as most of the front page is taken up with reports  on the historic capture of New York City by the British, beginning with the report from the noted: "London Gazette Extraordinary" issue of Nov. 4 which includes the l... See More  

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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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671285

The king decides to not increase the land forces in America...

Item #671285

January 31, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 31, 1778



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat... See More  

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673119

'Official' report of the gold discovery in California...

Item #673119

December 07, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 1848 



* Gold discovered in California

* Official government report

* Pre 49ers- Forty-Niners




Beginning on the front page and taking all of pg. 2 and most of pg. 3 is the: "President's Annual Message" to the nation, in which is a rather lengthy & detailed report on the discovery of gold in California.

Although there w... See More  

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652371

"Proud Music of the Sea Storm" -by Walt Whitman - submitted by Ralph Waldo Emerson...

Item #652371
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, February, 1869



* Walt Whitman's "Proud Music of the Sea Storm" - 1st appearance

* submitted to The Atlantic Monthly on behalf of Whitman as a favor




Pages 199-203 have Walt Whitman's, "Proud Music of the Sea Storm," which, according to the Walt Whitman Archive, has the distinction of being a poem submitted to The Atlantic Monthly by Ralph Wal... See More  

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652373

"Bardic Symbols" -by Walt Whitman - his 1st apperance in The Atlantic Monthly

Item #652373
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, April, 1860



* Walt Whitman's "Bardic Symbols" - 1st appearance

* also Whitman's 1st appearance in The Atlantic Monthly

* 2 lines deleted by the publisher




Pages 445-447 have Walt Whitman's, "Bardic Symbols," which is both the poem's 1st appearance and Whitman's 1st contribution to The Atlantic Monthly. According to the Walt Whitm... See More  

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660785

The 1st African-American slave to formally practice medicine...

Item #660785
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), January, 1789 



* James Derham, esteemed and promoted by Dr. Benjamin Rush - 1st African American (and slave) to officially practice medicine

* Thomas Fuller - an uneducated slave with incredible mathematical ability

* Reflections upon Lexington & Concord




The most noteworthy article begins on page 61 under the heading, "At a meeting of the ... 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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673230

News of Cornwallis' surrender... Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Groton Heights...

Item #673230
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781 



* Revolutionary War

* Cornwallis' surrender

* Gen. Benedict Arnold

* Battle of Groton Heights




Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an ent... See More  

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686972

Al Capone indictment for tax evasion...

Item #686972

June 06, 1931

CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, June 6, 1931



* Al 'Scarface' Capone

* Income tax evasion indictment


* 1st report - the beginning of the end

* Best publication to be had (very rare)



The front page has a five column heading: "Capone Indicted by U.S.; Surrenders" with subheads: "GANGSTER GIVES $50,000 BOND IN TAX FRAUD CASE" "Accused of Evading $215,080 Levy" A... See More  

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682428

Nice headline report on the Lusitania disaster...

Item #682428

May 07, 1915

THE VINCENNES SUN, Indiana, May 7, 1915 



* RMS Lusitania torpedoed and sunk



This is one of the nicer first reports of the Lusitania disaster we have been able to offer in a few years. A nice two-line, banner headline announces the tragedy: "GERMAN SUBMARINE SINKS CUNARD LINER LUSITANIA OFF GREAT BRITAIN" with subheads: "1500 Passengers Are Reported All Saved" "B... See More  

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658477

Yankees capture the Confederate capital... War nears its end...

Item #658477

April 04, 1865

NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, April 4, 1865 



* Richmond, Virginia falls (1st report)

* Confederate capital - war nears the end




One of the middle columns of the front page announces one of the more significant events of the Civil War with: "VIRGINIA ! " "GLORIOUS NEWS ! " "Richmond Is Ours!" "Evacuation of Petersburg!" "Tremendous Fighting!&q... See More  

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676620

Earliest newspaper in your collection?

Item #676620

December 21, 1641

NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 21, 1641 (date is at the bottom of the back page)



* 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 i... See More  

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680658

Significant & rare Judaica print... Burgoyne in Parliament to answer for Saratoga...

Item #680658
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, May, 1778  Certainly the most significant item in this issue is the very nice foldout engraving which is described on the contents page as: "An Inside View of the Jews Synagogue at Amsterdam, and of the Ceremony of sounding the Horn on New Year's Day".

This plate folds out to 8 1/4 by 8 3/4 inches, has minor foxing, and a library stamp in a ... See More  

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680711

Surrender of Lee at Appomattox...

Item #680711

April 15, 1865

ARMY & NAVY JOURNAL, New York, April 15, 1865 



* General Robert E. Lee

* Confederate Army of Northern Virginia

* Surrender at Appomattox Court House




Subtitled: "Gazette Of The Regular And Volunteer Forces", this 16 page issue is simply filled with military reports, almost entirely on the Civil War at this time. 

This issue is dated the day Abraham Lincoln died. The... See More  

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667763

Rare Confederate title from Mississippi on the Battle of Perryville...

Item #667763

November 03, 1862

DAILY MISSISSIPPIAN, Jackson, Nov. 3, 1862  Certainly one of the more rare Confederate titles we have offered. This is a volume one issue.

Among the front page has a number of Acts and documents from the Confederacy, most concerning the on-going Civil War. One is: "An Act to Encourage the Manufacture of Clothing and Shoes for the Army" and a lengthy: "Act to Better Provide for... See More  

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688936

Thomas Edison invents the phonograph...

Item #688936

December 22, 1877

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 22, 1877 



* Inventor Thomas Edison

* The phonograph invented

* Best title to have this in ?




Page 2 has an extremely significant article headed: The Talking Phonograph" which begins: "Mr. Thomas Edison recently came into our office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired as to our health, asked how we ... See More  

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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665775

Death of King James II...

Item #665775

September 11, 1701

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 11, 1701 



* James II of England death



The back page has an historic report of the death of King James II, the last Catholic monarch of England who was deposed during the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and spend the remainder of his life in exile in France.

The report from Paris dated Sept. 17 reads: "The late King fell into a lethargy on the 14th in... See More  

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681182

Yankee occupation newspaper after Richmond fell...

Item #681182

May 12, 1865

THE RICHMOND TIMES, May 12, 1865 



* Very rare Yankee occupation issue

* Post capital of the Confederacy




A quite rare title as this was a newspaper created by the Yankee forces upon the capture of the capital of the Confederacy. This is just the volume 1, number 19 issue.

The content has much on end-of-war and Reconstruction reports. The front page has: "Proclamation From the Pres... See More  

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664587

Detailing how supportive England has been to the colonies...

Item #664587

January 28, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coa... See More  

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662528

Nice Thomas Nast Christmas centerfold...

Item #662528

January 04, 1879

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Jan. 4, 1879 



* Thomas Nast

* Santa Claus

* Christmas




The full front page is a nice Christmas-themed print by Thomas Nast, captioned: "Christmas Post" showing a boy mailing a letter to Santa Claus. The other great print is the doublepage centerfold, also by Thomas Nast, captioned: "Merry Christmas" which shows five young children hang... See More  

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667173

Early and rare newspaper from 1871 Tucson...

Item #667173

October 28, 1871

ARIZONA CITIZEN, Tucson, Pima County, A.T. (Arizona Territory), October 28, 1871



* Very rare title



A very early & rare title from Southern Arizona, published 41 years before Arizona would become a state. Our records indicate this is the earliest date of this title we have offered in memory, the previous earliest dated 1874.

Inside has: "The Apache War" "Colyer's Canad... See More  

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676613

Thomas Nast Santa...

Item #676613

December 30, 1871

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, December 30, 1871 



* Thomas Nast Santa Claus wood block engraving



The full front page is the famous Thomas Nast illustration of: "Santa Claus's Mail." which is very displayable.

Inside is a full pg. illus. of "Christmas in Virginia - A Present from the Great House." Full pg. illus. of "A Roman Catholic Mission from England to ... See More  

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652426

Detailed review of Les Misérables...

First printing of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Chiefly About War Matters"...

Item #652426
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, (Boston), July, 1863 



* Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Chiefly About War Matters"

* an original, contemporary printing - 1st appearance

signed with the pen name "A Peaceable Man"

* same year review of Victor Hugo's, "Les Misérables"




When one thinks of Nathaniel Hawthorne, most minds are rightfully immediately drawn to his mas... See More  

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659697

First printing of "Barbara Frietchie", by John Greenleaf Whittier...

Item #659697
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, (Boston), October, 1863  This literary magazine contains the first publication of the famed poem by John Greenleaf Whittier: "Barbara Frietchie". It is a story of a very patriotic old woman in Frederick, Maryland, who would defy General Jackson as his troops entered town. The most famous line would have to be: "Shoot, if you must, this old gray head; But s... See More  

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666263

Uncommon American title from the Revolutionary War...

Item #666263

January 19, 1780

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Jan. 19, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War

* Rare single sheet issue




Most of the front page is taken up with a document concerning relations between Holland and England. The back page has a document from D. Diego Joseph Navarro, governor of Cuba., regarding declaring war against Great Britain (see). The back page also has an item from Congress conce... See More  

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682520

One of the most desired baseball prints...

Item #682520

July 28, 1888

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 28, 1888 



* Great baseball print



The entire front page is taken up with one of the best 19th century baseball prints to be found, showing a batter, catcher & umpire captioned: "A Ball Or A Strike--Which?" drawn by T. de Thurstrup.

There are also many other prints within this issue including a fullpg. with 6 vignettes: "View of Town... See More  

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662643

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican War...

Item #662643

July 08, 1848

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 8, 1848 



* Mexican War ends

* Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

* Mexico - United States - Texas




The top of page 2 has the very historic report of the official end of the Mexican War, beginning with: "A Proclamation" "Whereas a treaty of peace, friendship, limits, & settlement between the United States of America and the Mexi... See More  

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688263

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #688263

April 15, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 15, 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 front page is entirely taken up with ads including one for a man wh... See More  

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173054

Great Thomas Nast Santa Claus...

Item #173054

December 29, 1866

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York,  Dec. 29, 1866  The front page has a lengthy poem with a related print titled: "The Setter's Christmas Eve". Inside contains a full page: "Hauling Home the Christmas Boughs"; halfpg: "Scene of the Holy Nativity, Bethlehem" & "The Wise Men Following the Star in the East". Also: a halfpg: "John Surratt"... See More  

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617054

Significant issue on the Popish Plot...

Item #617054

April 10, 1679

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, April 10, 1679 



* Popish Plot



The back page has not one but two items concerning the Popish Plot in England, a contrived conspiracy to accuse Catholic leaders of plotting to kill King Charles II.

A report from Dublin notes: "A Proclamation has been published...appointing a reward...to any person that shall...apprehend any Popish Dignitary or Jesuit...&... See More  

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664331

The Nova Constellatio coin, made for the American colonies... Settling Australia as a penal colony...

Item #664331
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1786 



* 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  

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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
654804

Earliest newspaper in your collection?

Item #654804

December 03, 1644

NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 3, 1644  This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory by several years. 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 the powerful Cardinal de Richelieu. This titl... See More  

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609903

One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...

Item #609903

November 30, 1864

BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, Nov. 30, 1864 



* Very rare Civil War title 

* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow




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 Methodist parson turned to the pres... See More  

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680940

Landis becomes first commissioner of baseball, in his hometown newspaper...

Item #680940

November 13, 1920

CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 13, 1920 



* Kenesaw Mountain Landis

* 1st MLB baseball commissioner

* Best title to be had - rare as such




A terrific issue on the history of Major League Baseball with the banner headline proclaiming: "LANDIS CZAR OF BASEBALL". The subheads note: "Takes $50,000 Job, But Won't Give Up Bench" "Accepts 'to Save the Game for the... See More  

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679354

Spindletop oil discovery...

Item #679354

January 17, 1901

NEW YORK TIMES, January 17, 1901  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, coinciding with the need for this new product.

The discovery of oil in Beaumont, Texas, was the beginning of the oil i... See More  

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680597

Spindletop oil discovery...

Item #680597

January 13, 1901

NEW YORK TIMES, January 13, 1901 



* Discovery of oil in Beaumont, Texas

* Beginning of the Great Spindletop oil well




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, coinciding with the need for ... See More  

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682415

Rare publication from the 1600's...

Item #682415

May 28, 1689

A CONTINUATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONVENTION OF THE ESTATES IN SCOTLAND, London, England, May 28, 1689 



* Very rare 17th century publication



The year of this issue is printed in the dateline of the lead article on the front page, as the dateline contains only the month and day.

This is issue #24 of a short-lived title which existed to report on the ongoing disputes between the S... See More  

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683380

Convicts shipped off to America...

Item #683380

May 23, 1728

THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, May 23, 1728  The front page is a terrific item noting: "The government are about contracting with the proper undertakes for transporting the felons, convicts, being about 80 in number, to his Majesty's Plantations in America."." Although it was known that convicts were occasionally shipped off to the American colonies, it is exceedingly rare to ... See More  

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655437

Very significant baseball print...

Item #655437

July 01, 1865

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  

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660278

Mutiny on the Bounty... Captain William Bligh...

Item #660278
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1790 



* 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  

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660383

Attack by the Merrimack... Hampton Roads... early Florida...

Item #660383

March 22, 1862

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  

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670747

Japanese attack California...

Item #670747

February 24, 1942

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  

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