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674059

From 1871 Northern California...

Item #674059

December 30, 1871

THE SENTINEL, Red Bluff, California, Dec. 30, 1871



* Rare Old west title



This is from 5 years before the city would be incorporated. Located in Northern California, there is much news of the day both local & national. May advertisements as well.

Complete in 4 pages, nice condition.

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$37.00
673795

1903 territory of New Mexico...

Item #673795

November 28, 1903

SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, Santa Fe, Nov. 28, 1903



* Before New Mexico became a state



An early "territorial" newspaper as New Mexico did not become a state until 1912, 9 years later.

News of the news with several advertisements. Complete with 8 pages, light toning, minor margin wear, generally nice. Should be handled with care.

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$38.00
673329

From 1883 territorial Montana...

Item #673329

September 04, 1880

THE HELENA DAILY HERALD, Montana, Sept. 4, 1880



* Pre statehood Montana

* Rare Old West title




This newspaper is from 9 years before Montana statehood. Contains news of the day with several interesting advertismeents.

Four pages, irregular along the spine, generally very nice..

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$37.00
673148

Eleven issues from 19th century San Francisco...

Item #673148

November 11, 1880

SAN FRANCISCO JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, California, 1880-1881  A lot of eleven single sheet issues of this newspaper, eight from late 1880 and 3 from early 1881. Not surprisingly, a wealth of commerce-related content and a wealth of advertisements, many illustrated.

Large folio size, nice condition.

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$68.00
673147

Supplement issues from Stockton, California...

Item #673147

October 01, 1872

STOCKTON INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT, California 



* Uncommon Old West publication



A lot of nine single sheet "Supplement" issues of this newspaper, not dated but they are from Sept. thru November, 1872. All in very nice, clean condition with a wide variety of news items and other reports.

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$45.00
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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673125

Only known issues are held by us...

Item #673125

July 10, 1882

SALIDA DAILY SENTINEL, Colorado, July 10, 1882



* Very rare Old West publication



An exceedingly rare title as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only one institution had any issues of this title & they were recently purchased by us. No other issues are recorded in any institution. Actually a very typical newspaper of the period with news items of the day--much of it lo... See More  

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$146.00
672605

1868 Sacramento, California...

Item #672605

November 12, 1868

 SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, California, Nov.12, 1868

 

* Wild Old West

* Rare title

* Post Civil War




This 4 page newspaper has news of the day with several interesting advertisements.

With newspapers West of the Mississippi being very rare prior to 1900, here is an opportunity to get a issue from the old West back when cowboys, Indians, saloons, gold miners & gunfights were ofte... See More  

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$30.00
672433

When Denver was the "Old West" in 1881...

Item #672433

October 24, 1881

DAILY DENVER TIMES, Colorado, Oct. 24, 1881 



* Rare Old West title

* Was a Western outpost




An early newspaper from Denver filled with local & national news reports and a great wealth of ads, many of which are illustrated.

Four pages, light damp staining, minor margin wear, generally nice.

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$33.00
672178

Massacre Canyon: last battle between the Plains Indians...

Item #672178

August 14, 1873

NEW YORK HERALD, Aug. 14, 1873 



* Massacre Canyon - Nebraska

* Great Plains Indians




The top of page 5 has a column with heads: "INDIAN SLAUGHTER" "Great Battle in the Republican Valley" "Bloody Fight Between the Pawnees and Sioux" "Sky Chief, Squaw and Papoose Among the Slaughtered" "Pawnees' Loss in Dead and Wounded Over 100" &quo... See More  

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$52.00
671648

1873 Jesse James' first railroad robbery...

Item #671648

July 23, 1873

NEW YORK HERALD, July 23, 1873 



* Jesse James-Younger Gang

* First train robbery - holdup

* Rock Island Railroad - Adair, Iowa




Page 6 has an editorial on the first train robbery by Jesse James and the James Gang, although the men were not identified at the time of this report.

The editorial is headed: "Highwaymen on the Rail" See images for text. This holdup took place just... See More  

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$38.00
671617

Jesse James & Younger brothers train robbery...

Item #671617

December 09, 1874

NEW YORK TIMES, December 9, 1874 



* Jesse James-Younger Gang

* Muncie, Kansas train robbery (1st report)




Page 5 has an article: "Another Bold Railroad Robbery" "A Train Stopped and the Express-Car Robbed By Five Masked Men" with the article providing various details as know at that point. This article is followed by: "Another Account of the Robbery". This ... See More  

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$88.00
671596

Shot down in a saloon... Founder of gold in California...

Item #671596

September 22, 1884

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Sept. 22, 1884  This title always had a wealth of typically Western-themed reports as well as ads.

Page 2 has: "Slain In A Saloon" "A Grandson of Henry Clay Shot by a Louisville Alderman" "Shot Through the Heart--Drunken Ruffians--A Rancher Killed--A Texan Murderer Arrested in Georgia" as well as: "A Desperado Brought to Bay" ... See More  

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671514

Four very early issues from San Diego...

Item #671514

September 21, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, 1871 



* Rare & early from Southern California



A lot of four issues which are very early from San Diego--a volume 2 issue--when the population was just 2300, with a nice engraving of the harbor in the masthead. 

All four pages have various news tidbits of the day, including local, regional, and national reports. A great wealth of advertisement... See More  

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$68.00
671513

Early & very nice newspaper from San Diego...

Item #671513

September 21, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, Sept. 21, 1871 



* Rare & early from Southern California



Very early from San Diego--a volume 2 issue--when the population was just 2300, with a nice engraving of the harbor in the masthead.  All four pages have various news tidbits of the day, including local, regional, and national reports. A great wealth of advertisements as well, several of ... See More  

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$34.00
671512

Early & very nice newspaper from San Diego...

Item #671512

September 20, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, Sept. 20, 1871  Very early from San Diego--a volume 2 issue--when the population was just 2300, with a nice engraving of the harbor in the masthead.  All four pages have various news tidbits of the day, including local, regional, and national reports. A great wealth of advertisements as well, several of which are illustrated.

Complete as a 4 page issue... See More  

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$34.00
671493

The first newspaper published in Modesto, California...

Item #671493

February 11, 1881

STANISLAUS COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS, Modesto, California, Feb. 11, 1881  An early newspaper from this city in North-central California which when it began in 1868 was the first newspaper in Modesto. In 1881 the population of the town was less than 1000.

Various news events of the day, local, regional and national, with a wealth of advertising.

Most of the ftpg. is taken up with the: "Delinqu... See More  

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$57.00
671492

Early news from San Diego...

Item #671492

July 12, 1876

THE SAN DIEGO UNION, California, July 12, 1876  Various news items including a brief report on: "A Monument for Custar [sic]--Sixty Deaths by Sunstroke" "A Historical Sketch of San Diego" being #3 of a series; "Notes From the Mines" and more.

Four pages, nice condition.

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$36.00
671406

A "cute" little Colorado Springs newspaper...

Item #671406

February 20, 1892

THE EDGEWOOD SUN, Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 20, 1892  I wouldn't use the term "cute" to describe many newspapers but I think it fits here. Four pages & measuring just 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, it has advertisements, promotional & news tidbits, and various witticisms. A volume one issue of a little paper that lasted for just 2 1/2 years. Toned but in good con... See More  

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671309

1879 Buffalo Bill...

Item #671309

November 15, 1879

WOODLAND STANDARD, Woodland, California, Nov. 15, 1879 



* Original Old West item - uncommon title



Certainly one of the less common newspapers from the "Old West", currently a city of about 56,000 and a suburb of Sacramento. An interesting front page article taking half a column: "How Buffalo Bill Served a Writ". It begins: "Buffalo Bill in his autobiography tel... See More  

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671182

The first newspaper published in Modesto, California...

Item #671182

February 04, 1881

STANISLAUS COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS, Modesto, California, Feb. 4, 1881 



* Rare Old West publication



An early newspaper from this city in North-central California which when it began in 1868 was the first newspaper in Modesto. In 1881 the population of the town was less than 1000.

Various news events of the day, local, regional and national, with a wealth of advertising.

Most of the ftpg. is... See More  

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670757

Short-lived labor newspaper with an article by Karl Marx's daughter...

Item #670757

March 22, 1884

TRUTH, San Francisco, California, March 22, 1884 



* Rare publication



During its brief life (1882-1884), "Truth" published local, national, and international labor news, along with a wide range of radical literature.

Page 3 has an article concerning Charles Delescluze, a French revolutionary leader, journalist, and military commander of the Paris Commune. It is signed in ... See More  

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670755

Great Tombstone newspaper printed ten days before the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral...

Item #670755

October 16, 1881

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Cochise County, Arizona, October 16, 1881



* Best Old West title to be had

* Pre Gunfight at the O.K. Corral




Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept th... See More  

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670570

Early newspaper from 1873 Los Angeles...

Item #670570

August 13, 1873

EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, August 13, 1873 



* Rare Old West title

* Many advertisements

* 19th century era original




A very early newspaper from this now-famous city on the West Coast. News of the day and a wealth of ads.

Four pages, never bound, period writing: "Mechanics Institute" above the masthead (see), nice condition.... See More  

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$44.00
670519

The Modoc Indian War of 1873...

Item #670519

May 13, 1873

DAILY MORNING CALL, San Francisco, California, May 13, 1873 



* Dixon Bridge Disaster - Illinois

* Modoc War - Lava Beds

* Captain Jack fame




The top of the ftpg. has: "THE MODOC WAR" "An Attack by the Indians" "Captain Jack Strutting in the Uniform of General Canby" and more. Also: "The Dixon Horror" "Particulars of the Fearful Bridge Disast... See More  

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670489

Very early from San Diego, and with good content...

Item #670489

October 12, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, Oct. 12, 1871 



* Rare & early from Southern California



Not jusst a very early newspaper from San Diego (a vol. 2 issue) but with nice content as well, as the front page has column-wide heads: "CHICAGO" "The Latest News--Extent of the Burnt District--The Entire Northern Division Swept Clean--The People Camped on the Prairie".

In... See More  

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$84.00
669475

The first newspaper published in Wyoming...

Item #669475

August 26, 1875

CHEYENNE DAILY LEADER, Wyoming (Territory), Aug. 26, 1875



* Very rare territorial publication



A very elusive title from 15 years before Wyoming statehood. The Leader was the very first newspaper published in the territory, having begun in September, 1867.

Typical news & ads of the day with page 3 beginning: "Cheyenne As An Outfitting Point!". Many of the ads are illustrated.

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$74.00
669411

Extremely lengthy on Indian appropriations...

Item #669411

March 10, 1857

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1857  A large size newspaper of 4 pages with most of page 2 taken up with "An Act making appropriations for the...expenses of the Indian Department & for fulfilling treaty stipulations..." with headings for each of the tribes and specifics as to how the money is to be used. Only portions are shown in the photos below. This text... See More  

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669340

General Crook battles the Sioux, just before the Custer massacre...

Item #669340

July 06, 1876

NEW YORK HERALD, July 6, 1876 



* Battle of the Rosebud Creek

* George Crook vs. Crazy Horse


* Custer Massacre a few days away




Page 3 has some very fine reports with one column heads on the fate of the soldiers in the Sioux Indian campaign: "BATTLE OF ROSEBUD CREEK" "First Fight of the Campaign Against the Sioux" "The Attack & Retreat Described" "... See More  

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669109

1869 Alexander von Humboldt life celebration...

Item #669109

September 15, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept.15, 1869



* Alexander von Humboldt birth anniversary

* Prussian polymath, naturalist, explorer, science

* Central Park bust monument dedication




The top of page 3 has one column headings that include: "HUMBOLDT" "Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth of the Great Philosopher" "Imposing Tribute To Genius" "Unveilin... See More  

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669108

1869 Avondale mining disaster... Plymouth, Pennsylvania...

Item #669108

September 08, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 8, 1869



* Avondale Mine coal colliery fire disaster

* Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania




The top of page 3 has one column headings that include: "THE COAL MINE HORROR" "The Shaft Cleared and Air Pumped Into the Mine" "Several Descents Made Without Results" "Hope Abandoned of Any Lives Being Saved" and more. (see) Text ta... See More  

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669107

1869 Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year...

Item #669107

September 05, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 5, 1869



* Rosh Hashanah - High Holy Days

* Jewish New Year - Jews - Judaica




Page 8 has an article headed: "Rosh-Hoshono" "Opening of the Festive Season of the Jews..." (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages in nice condition.... See More  

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669106

Rare Jack Helm, Old West gunfighter mention......

Item #669106

September 02, 1869

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 2, 1869



* Jack Helm, lawman, cowboy, gunfighter

* Sutton-Taylor feud - Dewitt County, Texas fame




Page 7 has a small and somewhat inconspicuous report headed: "Texas" "Fight Between Outlaws and Troops Near San Patricio" (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages in nice condition.... See More  

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668834

Great from the ghost town from the Comstock Lode...

Item #668834

July 11, 1877

GOLD HILL DAILY NEWS, Gold Hill, Nevada, July 11, 1877  A fascinating newspaper from this town just outside of Virginia City, at one point a booming mining town with a population of 8,000. Today it is all but a ghost town with just 191 residents. It was prosperous during the 1870's by mining the famous Comstock Lode.

Not surprisingly a fair amount of mining-related news including a page ... See More  

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668832

Great from the ghost town from the Comstock Lode...

Item #668832

July 14, 1877

GOLD HILL DAILY NEWS, Gold Hill, Nevada, July 14, 1877 



* Rare Ghost town publication

* From the Comstock Lode era




A fascinating newspaper from this town just outside of Virginia City, at one point a booming mining town with a population of 8,000. Today it is all but a ghost town with just 191 residents. It was prosperous during the 1870's by mining the famous Comstock Lode.

Not s... See More  

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$76.00
668707

From rough & tumble Deadwood, Dakota Territory...

Item #668707

June 20, 1882

BLACK HILLS DAILY PIONEER, Deadwood City, Black Hills, Nov. 24, 1878 



* Very rare & desired publication

* Famous wild West town

* "Wild Bill" Hickok fame




This city would arguably be--along with Tombstone & Dodge City--one of the more famous of all the towns from the rough & tumble days of the Old West, and only rarely do such issues come to light.

This issue is ... See More  

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668705

From Brenham, Texas, bluebonnet country...

Item #668705

July 29, 1881

BRENHAM DAILY BANNER, Texas, July 29, 1881 



* Very rare Southwestern publication



The first of this title we have located. Gregory's "Union List of Newspapers" notes only 1 of 5 institutions have  holding from the19th century.

This city in East central Texas has a population under 16,000 today. A typical Western newspaper of the day with news & many Western-style ... See More  

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$114.00
668704

Once famous gold mining town...

Item #668704

September 23, 1882

THE CALAVERAS CHRONICLE, Mokelumne Hill, California, Sept. 23, 1882 



* Rare Old West title

* Mark Twain fame

* Gold mining town




An uncommon from this county made famous by Mark Twain.  Curiously Gregory only records the weekly edition, not the daily, the former being held by just one institution with reasonable holdings. Several other institutions have but a few scattered issues.... See More  

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$78.00
668432

Shot in a saloon fight... Murdered & robbed...

Item #668432

October 18, 1884

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 18, 1884 



* Old Western style gunfight at a saloon



This title always had a wealth of typically Western-themed reports as well as ads.

Page 3 begins with: "Criminal Calendar" "Two Men Fatally Shot in a Saloon Fight at Bois D'Arc, Mo." "The LaCrosse Tragedy--Killed by Cowboys--A Missing Bank Cashier--The Daily Record" "... See More  

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668423

Billy the Kid, Pat Garett, Virgil & Wyatt Earp, Frank Stilwell, Johnny Behan...

Item #668423

August 10, 1881

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Arizona, August 10, 1881 



* Best Old West title to be had

* Pre Gunfight at the O.K. Corral




Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in ... See More  

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668316

The type of soldier Custer was...

Item #668316

July 28, 1876

THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER, West Virginia, July 28, 1876 



* Post George Armstrong Custer massacre



Page 2 has nearly half a column article: "The Sort of A Soldier That Custer Was" which is essentially a lengthy letter of congratulations signed by: G. A. Custer from April 9, 1865 to his soldiers of the 3rd Cavalry at Appomattox Court  House, the day of  Lee's surr... See More  

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668315

A eulogy-like article on the Custer massacre...

Item #668315

July 21, 1876

THE WHEELING DAILY INTELLIGENCER, West Virginia, July 21, 1876  Page 3 has a column headed: "Custar's Attack on the Sioux" which reads much like a eulogy.

Bits include: "on the banks of the Little Big Horn...sleep to-day the flower of the American army...Custar [sic] in his brave but disastrous charge..." with much more, taking over one-third of a column.

The ftpg. h... See More  

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$48.00
668038

Very early California, death of Henry Clay, a notable duel...

Item #668038

August 03, 1852

PLACER TIMES & TRANSCRIPT, San Francisco, California, Aug. 3, 1852  Certainly one of the earlier newspaper we have offered from California, during the midst of the Gold Rush.

And page 2 has two notable reports, one being the death of Henry Clay in two articles, both headed: "Death of Henry Clay" with black borders.

There is also a nice account of a: "Fatal Duel--Death of ... See More  

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668031

A rare title from the Dakota Territory...

Item #668031

April 02, 1884

THE INTER STATE, Gary, Dakota, April 2, 1884 



* Very rare publication

* Deuel County, South Dakota




A very rare territorial newspaper from that is present-day South Dakota, five years before statehood. They refer to themselves as the "Gate City of Dakota" as it is situated at the eastern border of the Territory, very close to Minnesota. At the 2010 census the population of Gar... See More  

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$185.00
667994

Early report on the historic Custer Massacre...

Item #667994

July 07, 1876

ARIZONA WEEKLY MINER, Prescott, July 7, 1876 



* Custer Massacre - Indians

* George Armstrong Custer

* Battle of Little Bighorn

* Rare Old West publication




Page 2 has not one but three reports concerning the Custer Massacre in Montana.

The earliest report notes: "...General Custar [sic] with five companies of the 7th Cavalry mete about 2,000 Sioux Indians at Stillwater, Montana.... See More  

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$230.00
667747

The Grattan Indian massacre...

Item #667747

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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$57.00
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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$300.00
666831

Execution of noted outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez...

Item #666831

March 20, 1875

ST. LOUIS DAILY GLOBE, March 20, 1875  



* Tiburcio Vasquez execution death (1st report)

* Los Angeles, California outlaw bandit




A great issue as the first column of the front page is mostly taken up with: "TIBURCIO VASQUEZ" "The Noted California Bandit Executed at San Jose" "His Splendid Nerve Maintained Him to the Last" "History of His Life and Blood... See More  

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$188.00
666594

From the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles...

Item #666594

April 06, 1895

THE BOYLE HEIGHTS CRITERION, Los Angeles, California, April 6, 1895 



* Rare 19th century publication



Within the masthead are: "Brooklyn Heights and "Euclid Hill" as well. Boyle Heights is a neighborhood in Los Angeles. The first of this title we have seen.

Four pages, good condition.

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$57.00
666576

From Alhambra, California...

Item #666576

April 25, 1890

ALHAMBRA REVIEW, California, April 25, 1890 



* Very rare publication



This is the volume 1, number 24 issue of this scarce title from Los Angeles County. According to Gregory it only lasted about a year.

A four page issue of tabloid size mostly taken up with local tidbits and a wealth of advertisements. Minor fold wear, good condition.

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$64.00
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