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668778

Acknowledging Washington's 65th birthday...

Item #668778

February 24, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 2 has 3 articles celebrating the 65th birthday of President George Washington, one headed: "The Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington, President of the United States".

Page 3 has the Senate's ... See More  

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668774

The British re-think George Washington...

Item #668774

February 13, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 13, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 2 has over a full column headed: "General Washington and Mr. Fox" which is an oration, inspired by his retirement from the Presidency, in the British House of Commons on Washington. I begins: "And her... See More  

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668756

Maryland needs to ratify the Constitution...

Item #668756

April 15, 1788

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 15, 1788  Page 3 has a report from Providence that Rhode Island is making some steps towards considering the new Constitution. A report from Baltimore notes the votes for two members to represent the city in the convention at Annapolis to: "...decide on the New Constitution...they were decidedly of opinion that the ratificat... See More  

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668740

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668740

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

All of page 2 is taken up with documents relating ... See More  

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668739

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668739

December 20, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Dec. 20, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 2 has much reporting from Congress. Pate 3 ha... See More  

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668738

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668738

November 11, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 3 has a chart of election results for Preside... See More  

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668736

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668736

January 10, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Dec. 30, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer" which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 2 has much reporting from Congress. Page 2 has... See More  

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668730

Rare title from the 1600's...

Item #668730

February 23, 1694

A COLLECTION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF HUSBANDRY AND TRADE, London, Aug. 24, 1694  This is one of the more uncommon titles from the 17th century we have had the pleasure to offer, with the content relating much to the title.  Page 2 has a large chart showing prices of various grains by city. The back two pages taken up with advertisements.

Never bound nor trimmed, wide margins, 8 3/4 by 13 1/2... See More  

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668727

John Marshall, a pioneer in the world of spectacles & optics...

Item #668727

July 19, 1692

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, July 19, 1692  Among the two advertisements on the back page is a quite lengthy & descriptive ad beginning: "At Mr. John Marshall's, at the sign of the Archimedes and Spectacles in Ludgate Street, London, and Mr. John Cock in Long-Acre, at the Sign of the Telescope... all manner of Prospective Glasses made and sold..." with much more.

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668690

Advertisement on the Salem witch trials...

Item #668690

January 28, 1693

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Jan. 28, 1693



* Rare Salem witch trials advertisement

* Very early and rare 17th century title




The back page has an advertisement  for the book: "The TRYALS of several WITCHES lately Executed in New-England, and of several remarkable Curiosities therein occurring. Written by Cotton Mather, and Published by the Special Command of the Governour."

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668609

Letter from John Jay...

Item #668609

April 16, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York April 16, 1796  Page 2 has a lengthy letter concerning "the university" in New York, signed by its Chancellor and New York governor: John Jay.

Four pages, nice condition.

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668608

George Washington on Ohio statehood...

Item #668608

April 13, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, April 13, 1796  The back page has a message to Congress from the President concerning Ohio's work towards statehood. Signed in type: Go. Washington.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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668606

Washington defends his Jay Treaty...

Item #668606

April 02, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, April 2, 1796 



* George Washington letter

* re. John Jay's Treaty




Page 3 has over a column taken up with a letter from the President to the House of Representatives concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, signed by him in type: Geo. Washington & dated March 30.

Included as well is the slightly smaller "Herald Extra" o... See More  

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668590

Act concerning high treason & piracy in America...

Item #668590

December 18, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Dec. 18, 1779 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




The ftpg. has a report of several Acts of Parliament receiving the Royal Assent by the King, one to: "...empower His Majesty to secure & detain persons charged with, or suspected of, the crime of High Treason committed in any of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in Ame... See More  

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668559

A letter from Ben Franklin... Cultivating tea in America...

Item #668559

April 27, 1786

NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, April 27, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) 



* Benjamin Franklin letter



Inside has a letter from 1725 signed by Benjamin Franklin, exhibiting his business acumen, prefaced with: "...written by the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin 65 years ago when he was apprentice to a printer in Little Britain...it exhibits the vicissitudes of fortune... See More  

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668504

First of this scarce title we have offered...

Item #668504

October 05, 1798

COUNTRY PORCUPINE, Philadelphia, Oct. 4 & 5 (a single issue), 1798  



* Rare 18th century American publication



This was a tri-weekly edition of the 'Porcupine's Gazette' established by William Cobbett 7 months prior and which lasted only until Aug. 28, 1799. This is the first of this title we have seen. Content is distilled from the daily edition.

Four pages, never-... See More  

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668490

The Black Hole of Calcutta...

Item #668490

June 09, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 9, 1757 



* Black Hole of Calcutta

* Fort William prison - dungeon




Most of the front page is taken up with: "An Extract from a Letter Received by the India Ships...containing a particular Account of the unfortunate Affair at Bengal."

In this report which deals with the capture of Fort William in India, mention is made that: "...The wh... See More  

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668479

Broadside "Extra" from Baltimore...

Item #668479

October 15, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE, EXTRA, Oct. 15, 1798 



* Rare broadside extra



Although there were issues of this title in Phila., Boston & Baltimore, this is from Baltimore as the other two did not exist as of this date.

This is a broadside extra, a small single sheet printed on the front only. Such broadsides were typically printed to put urgent or important news into the hands of the reader as q... See More  

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668478

Washington gives thanks for the best wishes in his retirement...

Item #668478

February 18, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 18, 1797 



* President George Washington

* End of his illustrious career




Page 2 has two letters, each signed in type by the soon to be retired President: Go. Washington, thanking the Virginia General Assembly for their best wishes in his retirement.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very nice condition.... See More  

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668477

Land to be given to Revolutionary War veterans...

Item #668477

October 26, 1786

THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, New Haven, Oct. 26, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  A weekly title that lasted for about three years, from February of 1786 to June of 1789.

Inside has a report from Phila. noting: "...commenced the drawing of the lottery for the lands laid out by the state & given as a donation to the officers & men of the late Pennsylvania l... See More  

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668476

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668476

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

A typical folio newspaper of the day with various ... See More  

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668457

Details on a ship wreck... Death of a governor...

Item #668457

January 28, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 28, 1796  Various news reports of the day including a page 3 item: "A Grand Victory Obtained by the Austrians and: "Ship Wreck" with much detail. Also a report of the death of Samuel Huntington, governor of Connecticut, with much detail on the funeral.

Four pages, good condition.

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668440

The Great Fire of London...

Item #668440

September 24, 1666

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, September 24, 1666 



* The Great London Fire period coverage

* Among the earliest of newspapers to be had




One of the greatest calamities, and more notable events to strike London in its long history is the Great Fire which destroyed much of the city in September, 1666.  Finding period references to it are exceedingly difficult, as the number of newspape... See More  

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668341

George Washington and John Adams...

Item #668341

December 06, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 6, 1794  Beginning on the front page is the address of the Vice President to the President in response to Washington's recent state-of-the-union address, carrying over to page 2 where it is signed in type: John Adams. This is followed by the President's reply signed in type: G. Washington. Page 2 also has a report from Virginia of a mutiny.

Four pages... See More  

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668317

General Anthony Wayne & the Chippawa Indians...

Item #668317

November 06, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 6, 1793   A page 3 item reports in part: "...from Pittsburgh, we learn that General Wayne had marched from the Miami against the Indians with 3000 regular troops and 1500 volunteers from Kentucky....Still Knee, a chief of the Chippawas, had come into Fort-Pitt, with assurance that his nation had resolved to observe a strict neutrality."

Four pages, ... See More  

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668284

President John Adams responds...

Item #668284

June 13, 1797

THE NEWPORT MERCURY, Rhode Island, June 13, 1797  Half of the ftpg. is taken up with the: "Opinion of Chief Justice Ellsworth in a Case Respecting British Debts...".

Page 2 has an address: "To the President of the United States"  followed by his reply to the House: John Adams.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, bit of foxing, a date stamp above the masthead, one sma... See More  

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668251

Washington, Adams, Jefferson... Louis XVI is beheaded...

Item #668251

March 23, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 23, 1793 



* George Washington

* John Adams

* Thomas Jefferson




Over half of the front pages is taken up with two Acts of Congress, each one signed in block type by the President, Vice President, & Secretary of State: Go. Washington, John Adams, and Th. Jefferson.

Page 3 begins with: "Interesting Intelligence" on the beheading of Louis XV... See More  

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668184

Presidential votes...

Item #668184

December 26, 1796

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Dec. 26, 1796 



* re. 1796 United States presidential election



Page 3 has a very brief report on the votes for President from Virginia, noting the count for Jefferson, Sam Adams, Clinton, Washington, John Adams, Pinckney, and Burr.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very handsome masthead, binding holes at the blank spine, ni... See More  

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668177

Toasting the President's birthday... Reports from the West...

Item #668177

March 02, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 2, 1795  Page 2 has one-third of a column taken up with reports on the celebration of President Washington's birthday, including a list of 15 toasts to him.

Also on page 2 are reports from Fort Washington concerning Indians, and then reports from: "The Western Posts" on situations at Oswego, Niagara, Detroit, and Michilimackinac.

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668167

Earliest ice cream advertisement we have seen...

Item #668167

January 10, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1795  In addition to various news reports found inside, the front page has the earliest "Ice Cream" advertisement we have seen in any newspaper.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.

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668128

Washington letter to Congress...

Item #668128

June 04, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 4, 1796 



* President George Washington



Page 2 has: "A message...received from the President of the United States..." to Congress, beginning: "The measures now in operation for taking possession of the posts of Detroit and Machilimachinac..." with more, signed in type: Go. Washington.

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668126

Huge list of pensioners, signed in script type by President Washington...

Item #668126

May 14, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 14, 1796 



* Act of Congress re. pensioners

* Retired military men

* President George Washington




Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress: "An ACT Authorizing & Directing the Secretary at War to Place Certain Persons therein named on the Pension List", with a huge list of names (great for genealogical purposes). It complet... See More  

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668125

Sam Adams is elected governor...

Item #668125

May 11, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 11, 1796  Page 2 has a very brief report: "His Excellency Samuel Adams is re-elected Governor of this Commonwealth, for the year ensuing: by a majority of about 2000 votes."

Four pages, irregular at the right margin, paper flaw to front leaf causing a blank spot on pg. 2, with an archival mend.

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668117

Two letters signed in script by George Washington...

Item #668117

January 16, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 16, 1796  Page 2 has a letter from the President to Congress signed in script type: Go. Washington. Also on pg. 2 is a letter from the French to Washington, with his reply also signed in script type: Go. Washington.

This title was one of very few which used script type for the President, which is more decorative. Also a front page letter signed in type: John ... See More  

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668116

The Edmund Randolph scandal that would cause his resignation...

Item #668116

January 09, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 9 1796  The front page has several crucial letters on the scandal involving Sec. of State Edmund Randolph which would result in his resignation.

Randolph had been tasked with keeping friendly relations with France. The British Navy had intercepted correspondence from the French minister, Joseph Fauchet, to his superiors and turned it over to Washington. Washi... See More  

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668112

Script signature of George Washington... Paul Revere mention...

Item #668112

September 12, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 12, 1795 



* President George Washington

* Paul Revere - Masonic - Masons




The front page has:  "Answer Of The President of the United States, to the Selectmen of Charlestown." The two paragraph reply discusses his assent to the treaty between the United States and Great-Britain, signed in script type: Geo. Washington. 

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668108

Much talk on the Jay Treaty...

Item #668108

July 29, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 29, 1795 



* 18th century America

* Much on the Jay Treaty




Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with: "The Objections to the Treaty Refuted", referring to the controversial Jay Treaty. Page 2 has additional items concerning the Jay Treaty.

Four pages, small piece from the bottom margin affects one word on pages 1 & 2, otherwise nice co... See More  

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668096

Slave insurrection... The "wretched" prisoners the king & queen of France...

Item #668096

October 19, 1791

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 19, 1791 



* Haitian Revolution begins

* Insurrection of liberated slaves

* Rebellion against French authority




The ftpg. has over a full column taken up with: "Negro Insurrection--In Hispaniola" with much detail.

Page 2 has a report on the imprisoned king & queen of France noting in part: "The King and Queen of France are not permit... See More  

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668055

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1682...

Item #668055

December 10, 1688

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Dec. 10, 1688



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had



This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is complete as a single sheet, measuri... See More  

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667936

The Great London Fire of 1666....

Item #667936

October 11, 1666

LONDON GAZETTE, England, Oct. 11, 1666



* The Great London Fire



Contemporary mentions of the Great Fire of London are quite uncommon, as this was one of the only newspapers in print at that time and they gave minimal coverage to this tragic event. However, this issue has not one but two references to the Fire on the reverse, the first reading: "Such as have settled in new habitations sin... See More  

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667890

The precedent-setting case of American slave James Somersett...

Item #667890
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1773  Certainly the most historically significant item in this issue is: "An Argument in the Case of James Somersett, a Negro, Lately Determined in the court...attempted to be Demonstrated the Present Unlawfulness of Domestic Slavery in England" which takes about a full page.

This case involves James Somersett, an American slave purcha... See More  

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667888

Treaty with France...

Item #667888
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1779  This issue leads off with reports on the debates in Parliament, which include discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...the conduct of the army under the command of Gen. Howe; he seized the opportunity of painting in the blackest colours the ingratitude of the Americans; & concluded with exhorting the House to unanimity in p... See More  

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667838

Closing items on the Revolutionary War...

Item #667838
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1783  Eighteen pages are taken up with "Summary of Proceedings in the 3rd Session of the Present Parliament" which include  discussion on concluding events with the war in America, including: "...With respect to America, parliament had left little for ministers to do in negociating a peace with that country..." and further on i... See More  

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667837

Siege of Newport, Rhode Island...

Item #667837
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1778  The issue begins with: "Proceedings in Parliament, continued" which has much concerning the Revolutionary War, including letters from Lord Viscount Howe to Lord Germaine from New York signed by him in type, a few bits including: "...as the rebel army remain strongly posted at the north part of the island of New York & th... See More  

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667826

Burgoyne's report on the taking of Ticonderoga...

Item #667826
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1777  The first five pages are taken up with a series of letters among General Washington, Col. Walcott, and General Howe concerning the exchange of prisoners. One letter is signed: G. Washington, and 3 are signed by: W. Howe.

This fascinating text if followed by a: "Proclamation, by John Burgoyne" dated June 29, 1777, taking a full pag... See More  

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667818

Great issue on the Battle of Ticonderoga...

Item #667818

August 27, 1777

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, August 27, 1777 



* Siege of Fort Ticonderoga

* American Revolutionary War

* General John Burgoyne victory




The front page has: "...a correct & authentic distribution of the British forces under the command of Sir William Howe, from an officer of distinction just arrived from New York." with a nice accounting of the troops (see phot... See More  

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667759

Early American title from the French & Indian War...

Item #667759

May 13, 1762

THE BOSTON NEWS-LETTER AND NEW ENGLAND CHRONICLE, May 13, 1762 



* Rare Colonial Massachusetts

* St. Augustine, Florida




This is a much later issue of America's first successful newspaper, founded in 1704.

The top of the ftpg. has a nice recruiting advertisements to enlist soldiers to fight in the on-going French & Indian War: "For Recruiting His Majesty's Regular Forc... See More  

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667735

The Hatteras Shoals...

Item #667735
THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, August, 1793  (note: the "July" at the top of page 1 is a printer's error) Included with this issue is the full page plate called for, titled: "Maria of Moulines" with the first page containing a related article. The plate has a small piece from the left, blank margin, not close to the image.

Articles include: "Accounts of Hatt... See More  

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667698

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1686...

Item #667698

June 07, 1686

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 7, 1686



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had



This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is complete as a single sheet, mea... See More  

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667694

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1677...

Item #667694

November 12, 1677

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Nov. 12, 1677



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had



This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is complete as a single sheet, me... See More  

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$43.00
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