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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
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
PUBLICK OCCURRENCES TRULY STATED, London, August 7, 1688 With only 34 issues of this newspaper were ever published, and being from the 17th century, this is a rare paper which we rarely have the opportunity to offer.
A single sheet issue, 7 1/2 by 12 inches; nice, untrimmed margins. A very rare opportunity for a very rare newspaper.
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
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
* 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
THE TIMES, London, England, October 24, 1888
* Jack the Ripper Whitechapel murders
* Elizabeth Stride murder investigation
* Best title to be had (very rare as such)
"Jack the Ripper" reports were common in the latter half of 1888, capturing the interest of people on both sides of the Atlantic as evidenced by the reports in many newspapers in the United States. But issues o... 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
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
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 7, 1865 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 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT" "It Is Adopted by Georgia" "The Twenty-Seve... 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 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 Thomas Fraser, Brig. General, commander of the troops of his Britannic Majesty".
This was a ... 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 VILLAGE VOICE, New York, Sept. 2, 1965
* Bob Dylan & his electric guitar
* His famous Forest Hills concert
The front page features a photo of Bob Dylan captioned: "Dylan Stirred Up Forrest Hills". Also on the ftpg, & concluding inside, is a detailed account of the Dylan's very notable & controversial performance at Forest Hills of just 5 days earlier. Por... 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
THE POST BOY, Sept. 8, 1716
* Sir Christopher Wren replaced
* Displayable masthead
Near the top of the back page is a very significant item on the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. The report reads: "Christopher Wren, Esq., is removed from being Clerk of his Majesty's Works, and is succeeded by John Mercer Esq., formerly belonging to Mr. How's Office, as pay-master o... See More
* Francis Miles Finch
* The Blue and the Gray
* 1st printing (nationally)
This literary magazine contains the *first nationally distributed printing of the famous Civil War themed poem by Francis Miles Finch, "The Blue and the Gray." The preface to the poem is a quote from the New York Tribune, providing context: "The wo... See More
THE PALMETTO HERALD, Port Royal, South Carolina, March 24, 1864
* Very rare Yankee occupation title
This Southern coastal town was captured by Yankee naval forces late in 1861 and remained a base for other operations along the Atlantic coast. An uncommon Yankee title from this otherwise Confederate stronghold. This is just the volume 1, number 4 issue with content including: "On G... See More
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Nov. 19, 1692
* Rare 17th century publication
* Early optician, John Marshall ad
One of just four advertisements on the back page is a quite lengthy & descriptive ad beginning: "At the sign of the Archimedes and Spectacles in Ludgate street, the West End of St. Paul's Church, London, by John Marshal are made all manner of prospective glasses,... See More
DAILY TIMES, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1881
* Outlaw Billy the Kid shot dead
* Pat Garrett - Old West lawman
On page 2 under "News Of The Day" is a section devoted to "Crimes And Casualties". Among the news items in this section is an inconspicuous yet historic report that reads, in full: "Billy the Kid,' a notorious murderer and desperado, for several y... See More
FITCHBURG DAILY SENTINEL, Massachusetts, April 4, 1882
* Jesse James assassination
* Robert & Charles Ford
* St. Joseph, Missouri
Page two contains a significant report of the shooting of noted outlaw Jesse James by two former James Gang members, Charles and Robert Ford. The report is headed: "Jesse James Killed" and reads in part: "...from St. Joseph says: &... See More
CHARLESTON COURIER, South Carolina, April 21, 1865
* Union - Yankee occupation
* Speech given by President Lincoln
An early issue of this newspaper under Yankee control, as Sherman occupied this significant Confederate city on February 18. This is "new series" volume 1, number 48.
The front page has: "Our Victories" "Important Speech of President Lincoln&quo... See More
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, Jan. 31, 1939
* Hitler calls for Jewish extermination
The ftpg. has a four column heading: "Hitler Pledges War Aid to Italy; Rome Hails Talk as a Promise to Back Aggression Against France" with subheads. This was one of Hitler's many speeches prior to the outbreak of World War II. This speech in particular was the first time Hitler called... See More
Among additional articles noted in the table of contents are: "Pa... See More
NEW YORK HERALD, Jan. 29, 1863
* Front Page Map of Mexico
* Port Hudson MS
* Vicksburg, Mississippi
The front page. has a large map headed: "THE FRENCH IN MEXICO. Operations of the French Army--The Route of the Troops from Vera Cruz to the Mexican Capital" with related front page heads as well.
There are also front page Civil War reports including: "Rebel Army Under G... See More