The Rare Newspaper's Top Collectibles

The following are some of the best and most desirable issues to be found.  Welcome to the "Best of the Best" !

The Rare Newspaper's Top Collectibles

The following are some of the best and most desirable issues to be found.  Welcome to the "Best of the Best" !
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681502

Madison proposes Amendments to the Constitution... Early edition of the Bill of Rights...

Item #681502

June 13, 1789

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, June 13, 1789 



* Early edition of the "Bill of Rights"

* United States Constitution - Amendments

* President James Madison




An exceedingly significant issue which has, on page 3, a preliminary draft of the Bill of Rights described as  "...the Amendments to the New Constitution, proposed by the Hon. Mr. Maddison [sic]...".... See More  

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$37,500.00
680368

Announcement that the Constitution has been created...

Item #680368

September 18, 1787

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 18, 1787 



* First announcement that the Constitution of the United States has been finalized



* In regards to historic announcements in U.S. history, this is rivaled only by the announcement that the Declaration of Independence had been signed




A singularly historic newspaper. As collectors know the very first news... See More  

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$26,750.00
698385

The premier issue on the birth of the Texas oil industry...

Item #698385

January 11, 1901

THE HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, January 11, 1901



* If ever there was a single 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 grow... See More  

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$18,500.00
687194

Likely the most desired masthead from the 18th century...

Item #687194

October 27, 1774

THE MASSACHUSETTS SPY, Or Thomas's Boston Journal, October 27, 1774  It would be difficult to properly place both the scarcity and desirability of this newspaper in the confect of American history. This issue has the famous "Join Or Die" engraving stretching across the masthead.

In the same way that the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" issue of the Chicago Tribune is com... See More  

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$18,500.00
677502

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #677502

December 07, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 7, 1774 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption. 

The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead
... See More  

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$18,000.00
682668

The notorious pirate Captain Kidd is executed !

Item #682668

May 26, 1701

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, May 22-26, 1701 



* Infamous pirate Captain William Kidd

* Historic & extremely rare report

* Execution - hanging




The London Gazette is the oldest continually published newspaper in the world, having started in 1665 and is still publishing today.

This issue contains on page two an exceedingly significant report--perhaps the rarest and mo
... See More  

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$16,500.00
681728

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #681728

November 16, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, November 16, 1774  If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of this newspaper, shows a snake cut into various pieces, each with a
... See More  

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$16,500.00
673309

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #673309

April 05, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of th
... See More  

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$16,500.00
691875

Two accounts of Bunker Hill, Washington becomes commander-in-chief, so much more. In a Virginia newspaper...

Item #691875

July 14, 1775

VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 14, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill (2 accounts) - Siege of Boston

* George Washington becomes Commander-in-Chief




This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title... See More  

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$13,790.00
683018

Spindletop: the beginning of the 20th century oil boom...

Item #683018

January 12, 1901

THE HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, January 12, 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 wit... See More  

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$12,500.00
682795

King Philip's War: the first war in America...

Item #682795

August 19, 1675

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, August 19, 1675 



* King Philip's War - Metacomet

* New England Colonists vs. Indians

* First war in America (historic)




The significance of what is known as "King Philip's War" is lost with most Americans, but the event cannot be over-stated. This was America's first war, and the only newspaper in existence to report it was this title.... See More  

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$9,950.00
689608

George Washington is elected President...

Item #689608

April 15, 1789

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, April 15, 1789 



* George Washington presidential election win

* First report from the nation's capital at the time




Not only is this an historically significant issue--reporting the official election results of George Washington being elected President of the United States--but it is also the volume one, number one issue of this very f
... See More  

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$9,450.00
696414

Philadelphia printing of the Constitution of the United States...

Item #696414
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, September, 1787  This title, along with the "American Museum", has the honor of being the first magazine to print the Constitution of the United States. Both publications were from Philadelphia, the city where the Constitution was created.

Comments from the Library Company of Philadelphia note that it cannot be definitively determined which of ... See More  

Item from Catalog 339 (released for February, 2024)

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$9,420.00
690168

Exceedingly rare 1566 newsbook... Over 450 years old...

Item #690168

August 21, 1566

Only rarely have we had the great pleasure to offer the earliest of "newspapers" to our customers, being the German newsbooks dating from the 1500's.

The title reads: Newe zeitung vom XXI Augusti auss Wien anno 1566" which translates, literally, to "New Newspaper from August 21, from Vienna in the year x66". These "newsbooks", as they were called, were the p... See More  

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$9,130.00
687097

Eye-witness accounts of the Battles of Lexington & Concord...

Item #687097

May 24, 1775

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & THE NEW-HAVEN POST-BOY, May 24, 1775  



* Battle of Lexington & Concord

* Eyewitnesses accounts (very rare)

* Revolutionary War beginning




I'm not sure one could want a more notable front page--all-consuming--than the content found on page one of this issue. It is entirely taken up with six very detailed eye-witness accounts of the historic Battle o... See More  

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$8,850.00
697755

"The North Star" becomes "Frederick Douglass' Paper"...

Item #697755

May 20, 1852

FREDERICK DOUGLASS' PAPER, Rochester, New York, May 20, 1852 



* Extremely rare publication



We are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare--and highly desirable--newspaper by the famed Frederick Douglass. This weekly title is the continuation of his newspaper "North Star" which began in 1847.

Much of page 2 is taken up with: "The Annual Meeting of the American Anti-Sl
... See More  

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$8,725.00
655718

The legendary "called shot" home run by Babe Ruth, in a Chicago newspaper...

Item #655718

October 02, 1932

CHICAGO SUNDAY TRIBUNE, October 2, 1932 



* Babe Ruth's called shot (first report)

* New York Yankees World Series (game 3)

* Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field

* Best title to be had - very rare




This could well be the most desired newspaper in baseball history. This edition reports the famous Babe Ruth "called shot" home run in the 1932 World Series.

As a bit of background, ... See More  

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$7,750.00
691742

"The Swedish Intelligencer" by Butter and Bourne...

Item #691742

January 01, 1633

THE SWEDISH INTELLIGENCER, "The Third Part" as well as: "The Fourth Part", London, 1633



* Very rare 17th century periodical

* Publisher Nathaniel Butter




 A very rare newsbook by the famed publishing team of Nathaniel Butter and Nicholas Bourne who are credited with being the founders of the English language periodical format, having published: "The Continuatio... See More  

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$7,550.00
689770

"The North Star" becomes "Frederick Douglass' Paper"...

Item #689770

June 17, 1852

FREDERICK DOUGLASS' PAPER, Rochester, New York, June 17, 1852  We are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare--and highly desirable--newspaper by the famed Frederick Douglass. This weekly title is the continuation of his newspaper "North Star" which began in 1847.

Douglass was perhaps the most famous 19th century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then ri
... See More  

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$6,845.00
680677

Significant in Coca Cola history... The company is sold...

Item #680677

August 22, 1919

THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, August 22, 1919 



* Coca Cola goes public - very historic!

* Asa Candler - best publication to be had (very rare)




This issue features as a banner headline one of the more historic moments in the history of the Coca-Cola Company, when Asa Chandler, the man who bought the original formula from founder John Pemberton and propelled the company to national p
... See More  

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$6,750.00
684899

The Gettysburg Address on the front page... One of the very best...

Item #684899

November 20, 1863

NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 20, 1863 



* President Abraham Lincoln

* Gettysburg Address at battlefield cemetery




It would be difficult to argue for a more notable or desirable newspaper from the Civil War. Combine the complete text of the historic Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, with this venerable title, with the content being on the front page, and the combination makes for o... See More  

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$6,575.00
696929

Rare Lincoln's assassination report, in a Washington, D.C. newspaper...

Item #696929

April 15, 1865

EVENING STAR, Washington, D.C., April 15, 1865  



* Abraham Lincoln assassination (historic 1st report)

* It is BEST to have reports from the city where it occurred




Terrific to have this first report of Lincoln's assassination in a newspaper from the city where it happened. This is the first of this issue we have offered.

The top of the front page has a column with heads: "ASS... See More  

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$6,350.00
690329

The Jew Bill... Striving for equal rights for the Jews...

Item #690329

May 29, 1819

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 29, 1819 



* The Jew Bill - extremely historic

* Equal rights for Jews - voting

* Henry Marie Brackenridge's speech




This notable issue contains the full text of the speech presented by  H.M. Brackenridge in the Maryland House of Delegates when the Jew Bill was under consideration.

The text of Brackenridge's speech is headed: &quo... See More  

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$5,750.00
687288

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, in an American newspaper...

Item #687288

December 20, 1781

THE SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, December 20, 1781  



* Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

* American Revolutionary War ending




This issue contains one of the most historically significant letters from the Revolutionary War, being Cornwallis' official announcement of his surrender to Washington at the Battle of Yorktown.

The report begins on the front page no less, prefaced wit... See More  

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$5,750.00
683783

One of the best headlines on the "Black Sox" scandal to be had...

Item #683783

September 29, 1920

CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Sept. 29, 1920 



* Chicago White "Black" Sox - players suspended

* World Series Scandal breaks

* Best publication to be had (extremely rare)




Among the most desired reports in all of baseball history are those covering the infamous "Black Sox" World Series scandal of 1919, in which players of the Chicago White Sox were accused of gambling on th... See More  

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$5,750.00
688320

North Carolina secession report in a North Carolina newspaper...

Item #688320

May 22, 1861

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, May 22, 1861 



* North Carolina secession

* American Civil War




Certainly the most notable report is the pg. 2 news headed: "Secession Of North Carolina!" "One of The Confederates States" "North Carolina Free--Lincoln's Military Despotism Repudiated" which also includes the two "Ordinance" reports ... See More  

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$5,250.00
649518

Original newspapers from the 1500's...

Item #649518
Newspapers (Newsbooks) from the 1500's are extremely hard to find, and when we offer them, they sell almost immediately. If you would like to be placed on a want list to be contacted when such an item comes into our possession (no obligation to buy), please let us know by e-mail at guy@rarenewspapers.com. Although this listing shows a price of $5,000, actual prices vary by date, title, and con... See More  

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$5,000.00
686699

Constitutional Convention begins & Washington is elected its President: a day after report...

Item #686699

May 26, 1787

THE INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER; OR THE CHRONICLE OF FREEDOM, Philadelphia, May 26, 1787  



* Constitutional Convention begins

* George Washington elected president




An exceedingly historic issue as this newspaper reports the formal beginning of the Constitutional Convention--terrific to have in a newspaper from the city where these notable proceedings were held.

As such, this is likely the ... See More  

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$4,975.00
689552

America's first successful newspaper...

Item #689552

April 17, 1740

THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, "New England", April 10-17, 1740 



* Among the earliest of American newspapers to be had



This very rare title was the first successful newspaper in the colonies, having begun in 1704 and lasting until the British occupation of Boston in 1776. It was only preceded by "Public Occurrances Both Foreign and Domestick" which published just a s... See More  

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$4,925.00
682697

Early issue of America's first successful newspaper...

Item #682697

August 23, 1739

THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, August 23, 1739 



* Among the earliest of American newspapers to be had



Above the title is "New-England", likely to distinguish this newspaper from the city of Boston in England.

This very rare title was the first successful newspaper in the colonies, having begun in 1704 and lasting until the British occupation of Boston in 1776. It was only pre... See More  

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$4,875.00
695050

With the Supplement issue, containing a great wealth of news on the strained relationship with England...

Item #695050

February 24, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Feb. 24, 1775  This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.

Page 3 has a letter from South Carolina with items from their Provincial Congress including thoughts on whether: "...rice s... See More  

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$4,850.00
687295

On the Battle of Bunker Hill... Washington named commander-in-chief.. So much more....

Item #687295

July 05, 1775

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & THE NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, July 5, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill - Charlestown

* Siege of Boston, Massachusetts

* George Washington named commander

* American Revolutionary War

* Terrific issue w/ many reports




Nice engraving in the masthead of a post boy on horseback.

The front page has a letter from an officer in General Gage's regiment heading for ... See More  

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$4,825.00
677985

The Declaration of Independence...

Item #677985
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1776 



* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text

* As reported from Great Britain




It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remains a desire of most collectors to find an issue containing reference to it, and ultimately a contemporary printing o... See More  

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$4,795.00
680790

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, in an American newspaper...

Item #680790

December 14, 1781

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, December 14, 1781  



* Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

* American Revolutionary War ending




This issue contains one of the most historically significant letters from the Revolutionary War, being Cornwallis' official announcement of his surrender to Washington at the Battle of Yorktown.

The report consumes all of page 3, prefaced with: "... See More  

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$4,650.00
687318

One of the more rare Revolutionary War titles... Battle of Bunker Hill... Patrick Henry... so much more...

Item #687318

October 06, 1775

STORY & HUMPHREYS'S PENNSYLVANIA MERCURY & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, October 6, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill

* Revolutionary War

* Very rare publication




Certainly one of the more scarce titles from during the Revolutionary War. This is the volume 1 number 27 issue of a newspaper that existed only from April 7 to December 22, 1775, publishing a total of just 38 i... See More  

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$4,375.00
697267

Rare issue of the Oxford Gazette... Death toll from the Great Plague...

Item #697267

December 28, 1665

THE OXFORD GAZETTE, England, Dec. 28, 1665 



* Earliest & Rarest of newspapers to be had

* Great Plague of London - epidemic deaths




This is an extremely famous--and rare--title being the predecessor of the famous "London Gazette", the oldest continually published English language newspaper in the world. This is the #13 issue.

Because of the Plague at this time, the Royal ... See More  

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$4,150.00
681282

The Declaration of Independence, and more...

Item #681282
THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, England, complete bound volume of six months for July thru December, 1776 plus the Supplement issue as well.



* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text

* As reported from Great Britain

* Entire bound volume intacted




It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remai... See More  

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$4,150.00
682863

Lincoln is assassinated... One of the most desired titles... An early edition...

Item #682863

April 15, 1865

NEW YORK TIMES, April 15, 1865 



* Abraham Lincoln assassination (1st report)

* Ford's Theater - John Wilkes Booth




Not only this event, but this title remains one of the most desired by collectors; a very significant event in American history reported by one of the most respected newspapers in the country.

The first column heads tell it all: "AWFUL EVENT" "President ... See More  

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$3,950.00
689457

On Billy the Kid's death in almost a "hometown" newspaper...

Item #689457

July 23, 1881

THE LAS VEGAS DAILY OPTIC, New Mexico, July 23, 1881



* Outlaw Billy the Kid shot dead

* Pat Garrett - Old West lawman

* In a area publication, very rare




 This was essentially the "backyard" of the famed outlaw Billy the Kid, so it is significant that there are two articles concerning his recent death (killed by Pat Garrett on July 14 in nearby Fort Sumner, New Mexico).

The... See More  

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$3,888.00
696525

Very rare broadside issue of "The Daily Rebel" from Chattanooga...

Item #696525

September 01, 1863

THE DAILY REBEL, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 1, 1863 



* Very rare Confederate publication

* Battle of Chickamauga close




An extremely rare broadside newspaper, and the first we have added to our inventory in 47 years.

There is no volume or issue number, however this title began  August 1, 1862. This issue is dated from the midst of the Chickamauga Campaign in Southeastern Tennes... See More  

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$3,765.00
687238

The Gettysburg Address in a Pennsylvania newspaper...

Item #687238

November 20, 1863

PUBLIC LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1863



* President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech

* Gettysburg Address at battlefield cemetery

* In a Pennsylvania publication, rare as such




 The front page has over two columns taken up with: "The Solemnities At Gettysburg" "Dedication of The Cemetery Of The Heroes" "Oration of Hon. Edward Everett".

As many know,... See More  

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$3,750.00
700671

Huge map of the Mississippi River dated June 1, 1775...

Item #700671

January 01, 1783

COURSE of the RIVER MISSISSIPI, from the Balise to Fort Chartres; Taken on an Expedition to the Illinois, in the latter end of the Year 1763 by Lieut. Ross of the 34th Regiment: Improved from the Surveys of that River made by the French".

London, Printed for Robt. Sayer No. 53 in 'Fleet Street, Published as the Act directs, 11 June 1775" 



A noted map dealer desc
... See More  

Item from Catalog 340 (released for March, 2024)

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$3,450.00
697032

Battle of Bunker Hill... Washington as Commander-in-Chief...

Item #697032

June 27, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, June 27, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill - Charlestown

* Siege of Boston, Massachusetts

* George Washington named commander

* American Revolutionary War




Almost the entire front page is taken up with a terrific and vitriolic attack on General Gage concerning his actions at Boston, the full text shown in the photos below, with bits including: ... See More  

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$3,420.00
687396

The Declaration of Independence...

Item #687396
THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, England, August, 1776  



* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text

* As reported from Great Britain




It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remains a desire of most collectors to find issues containing reference to it, and ultimately a contemporary printing... See More  

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$3,400.00
652573

Very early report of Washington's inaugural address, plus his election as well...

Item #652573

April 01, 1789

THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, April, 1789 



* President George Washington

* Election victory & inauguration




 Certainly the most notable content is found in "The Chronicle" section near the back where the latest news was reported, which covers the election & inauguration of President George Washington.

The full text is shown in the photos, however some ite... See More  

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$3,250.00
688121

Terrific on the Battle of Gettysburg, with editorial comment...

Item #688121

July 07, 1863

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 7, 1863  



* Fantastic Battle of Gettysburg Coverage

* Rare Confederate title from rebel capital




The front page has various war items including: "The Army of the Pamunkey--The Attack on the South Anna Bridge". There is also a great front page letter datelined "Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1863" which is prefaced with: &... See More  

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$3,225.00
694150

Very early from Maryland: the French & Indian War... Money owned to Ben Franklin...

Item #694150

March 13, 1755

THE MARYLAND GAZETTE, Annapolis, March 13, 1755  A very scarce and early newspaper from the early period of the French & Indian War. Rarely are we able to offer Maryland newspapers from such an early year.

Page 2 has a report from Halifax, Nova Scotia, that: "...they are building two new batteries upon the beach...That the three gun battery at the South End is to be greatly enlarged... See More  

Item from Catalog 340 (released for March, 2024)

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$3,180.00
697376

Very rare broadside issue of "The Daily Rebel" from Chattanooga...

Item #697376

June 18, 1863

THE DAILY REBEL, Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 18, 1863



* Very rare Confederate publication

* Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia




An extremely rare broadside newspaper and a great title for a Confederate newspaper.

This is the vol. 1 number 270 issue of a title that began August 1, 1862. This issue is dated from just prior to the Confederate invasion of the North and the Battle of Gettysb... See More  

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$3,150.00
682478

Terrific display issue on Lincoln's assassination...

Item #682478

April 16, 1865

NEW YORK HERALD, April 16, 1865 



* Abraham Lincoln's assassination

* John Wilkes Booth- Ford's Theatre




This date was a Sunday, and only rarely were Sunday newspapers bound into volumes held by libraries. As such, this date is arguably more scarce than the issue of April 15.

And when it comes to graphic appeal, it could also be argued that this edition of the 16th surpasses tha... See More  

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$2,995.00
669851

One of the earliest newspapers from the colonies...

Item #669851

April 03, 1735

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, April 3, 1735 



* Earliest of American newspapers

* Very early & rare




As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1735. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the very first newspaper in all of the Middle Coloni... See More  

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$2,935.00
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