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Abraham Lincoln ventures towards Washington... A plot to assassinate him...

Item #702238

February 26, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 26, 1861  

* Abraham Lincoln prepares for inauguration

Among the front page heads are reports concerning the new administration of Abraham Lincoln and the coming Civil War: "Passage of the Bill to Discontinue the Postal Service in the Seceded States" "Movements of the President-Elect" "Visit of Mr. Lincoln to the Capitol" "The Lat... See More  

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A gift for your barber...

Item #702081

February 01, 1831

RHODE ISLAND AMERICAN & GAZETTE, Providence, Feb. 1, 1831  Page 3 has a very interesting illustrated advertisement for a barber, with text on the service he provides including; " know where to cut and where to leave the hair so as to hide as much as possible all deformity of the head..." (see).

Four pages, rejoined at the spine, tape mend on pg. 2 affecting nothing, light ... See More  

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Theatrical ad includes Edgar Allan Poe's father...

Item #702052

November 28, 1808

BOSTON GAZETTE, Nov. 28, 1808

* Edgar Allan Poe's mother theater ad

A curious literary item here as page 3 has an advertisement for the "Boston Theatre" with one of the plays: "SIXTY THIRD LETTER", a theatrical performance, with one of the principal characters being "Mrs. Poe" as "Lydia". She was the mother of Edgar Allan Poe.

Four pages, light fo... See More  

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1850 Magazine by the famed Charles Dicken...

Item #701927

August 10, 1850

HOUSEHOLD WORDS, London, England, Aug. 10, 1850

* Charles Dickens publication

This 24 page issue is in nice condition and measures 6 x 9 inches. This was a weekly journal which was conducted by Charles Dickens as noted in the masthead. This magazine has mainly literary reading (stories, poems etc.), some by Charles Dickens himself.

wikipedia notes: "On 21st January 1846 Charles Dick... See More  

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Swedenborgianism... Johnny Appleseed...

Item #701566

December 03, 1858

NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 3, 1858  Page 2 has...

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Edgar Allan Poe Parents Theatre Ad In 1806...

Item #701490

November 24, 1806

BOSTON GAZETTE, Nov. 24, 1806

* Edgar Allan Poe's father & mother theater ads

* Eliza Arnold Hopkins Poe & David Poe Jr.

The top of page 3 under "Boston Theatre" is a  notice for the performance of "IRON CHEST", with Mr. Poe as "Armstrong" and Mrs. Poe as "Barbara" re. the parents of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Theatrical ad includes Edgar Allan Poe's mother...

Item #701269

September 06, 1806

BOSTON GAZETTE, Sept. 6 1806

* Edgar Allan Poe's mother theater ad

A curious literary item here as the top of page 3 has an advertisement for the "Boston Theatre" for the performance of: "SECRETS WORTH KNOWING", a theatrical performance, with one of the principal characters being "Mrs. Poe" as Rose Sydney. (see image) She was the mother of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Death by duel of naval hero Stephen Decatur...

Item #701219

March 25, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 25, 1820  

* Stephen Decatur killed (1st report)

* United States Navy commodore

* Duel vs. James Barron

The ftpg. has an article with small head: "Melancholy Occurrence" which begins: "A duel was fought on Wednesday...between the victor of the Macedonian, Com. Decatur, and com. Barron who commanded the Chesapeake frigate...Th... See More  

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The Mormons have abandoned Salt Lake City...

Item #701071

July 15, 1858

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 15, 1858 

* Brigham Young - Mormons - Mormonism

* Salt Lake City evacuated - Utah War ending

Page 3 has: "The Latest From Utah--The Mormons Abandoning Salt Lake" which notes in part: "...Young and the rest of the Mormons...had evacuated the city and gone south to Provo. The city looked almost completely deserted. Peace... See More  

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End of "The Mormon" publication in 1857...

Item #700971

October 08, 1857

THE CIRCULAR, Oneida, New York, Oct. 8, 1857 

* Brigham Young sermon on Women & provisions

* The Mormon (newspaper) ends publication

* Mormons - Mormonism - 1855-1857

This is an uncommon periodical published by the Oneida Community, a Utopian commune founded by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848 in Oneida. The community believed that Jesus Christ had already returned in the year 70, maki... See More  

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The minting of Gold Half Eagles... 1820...

Item #700613

November 25, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 25, 1820 

* Gold Half Eagles - coins

* United States Mint

Featured is a nice report on the United States Mint going to mint half eagle coins in gold. See images for details.

Additional articles provide news from various regions throughout America, and include political reporting.

Complete in 16 pages, 9 3/4 by 6 1/4 inches, nice condition.... See More  

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Theatrical ad includes Edgar Allan Poe's mother...

Item #700528

December 08, 1806


* Edgar Allan Poe's mother theater ad

A curious literary item here as the top of page 3 has an advertisement for the "Boston Theatre" for the performance of: "QUAKER", a theatrical performance, with one of the principal characters being "Mrs. Poe" as Gillian. (see image) She was the mother of Edgar Allan Poe.

News of the day and ... See More  

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Abraham Lincoln is nominated for President...

Item #700434

* Abraham Lincoln accepts presidential nomination

* Republican National Convention in Chicago

Near the back under the report: "Monthly Record of Current Events" is a quite lengthy report concerning the Republican National Convention which met recently in Chicago. Included is a lengthy abstract of the Republican platform... See More  

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Problems with a loan to Thomas Jefferson...

Item #700300

June 17, 1803

NEW YORK EVENING POST, June 17, 1803  Page 2 has most of a column taken up with letters relating to a loan to Thomas  Jefferson  which he was delinquent--and deceptive--in repaying. Included is a letter signed: Th. Jefferson, from 1779.

Four pages, small binding slits at the blank spine, good condition.

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Death of George Meade... Gettysburg fame...

Item #700184

November 08, 1872


* General George Gordon Meade

* American Civil War General

* Battle of Gettysburg hero

The top of page 10 has a one column heading: "THE DEAD HERO OF GETTYSBURG" with subheads. (see images)

Complete with all 12 pages, good condition.

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The Mormons vs. the U.S. Army...

Item #699168

July 24, 1858

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 24, 1858 

* Gen. Albert S. Johnston

* Utah War expedition ending

Page 3 has: "News From Salt Lake City" which notes in part: "...Gen. Johnston was entering the city. The Mormons were still at Provo...Communication between the Peace Commissioners and Brigham Young was kept up daily...The Mormons would not rent their hou... See More  

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1858 Boston Olive Branch; Very Uncommon Title!

Decorative Masthead

Item #699025

July 31, 1858


* Great masthead for display

A family-oriented newspaper with science, literary, horticultural, art and humor-related content. Large decorative mastheads. Several small wood-block illustrations. Page 7 has an ad for: "LIFE THOUGHTS", by Henry Ward Beecher.

We have only had 3 issues of this title in nearly 50 years.

Complete in 8 pages. Archivall... See More  

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From the deep South with slave related ads...

Item #698497

September 08, 1854

THE NEW ORLEANS DAILY DELTA, Louisiana, Sept. 8, 1854

* Rare antebellum publication

* 9 illustrated slaves related advertisements

* From the deep South

News of the day with several advertisements including 13 illustrated steamboat ads on the front page. Page 2 has four slavery related ads. And five more on the back page. (see)

Four pages, minor margin wear, generally nice.... See More  

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1899 - The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - The Battle of the "Blues"...

Item #698476

March 25, 1899

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, March 25, 1899

* The legendary battle between Oxford and Cambridge

* The Battle of the Blues (Dark Blues vs. Light Blues)

* Each crew team shown in their school color

The centerfold shows the crew teams of the upcoming Oxford and Cambridge Boat-Race, with the members of the Oxford "Dark Blues" on the left, and the members of the Cambridge &qu... See More  

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The slave trade while Kansas was bleeding... Pike's Peak - Boom or Bust (?)

Item #698452

June 14, 1859

THE NORWALK EXPERIMENT, Huron County, Ohio, June 14, 1859

* Pike's Peak - Gold "Boom" or "Bust"?

* Selling Kansan slaves to southern states

Page 2 has a troubling article, "GREELEY MEETS A SLAVE DEALER", which tells of a man thanking Horace Greeley for his efforts to see Kansas and Missouri become free of slaves. The man goes on to state that he himsel... See More  

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1859 Pike's Peak Gold Mining as a marketing ploy...

Item #698426

March 22, 1859

THE NORWALK EXPERIMENT, Huron County, Ohio, March 22, 1859

* Pike's Peak Gold Mining as an advertising hook

* Who should go to Pike's Peak

* Easier for negros in Massachusetts than foreigners (?)

The back page has a bold ad which appears to be seeking workers for the Pike Peak Gold Mines, but upon further inspection, the ad is actually for A. H. ROSE & CO's Store. However, ... See More  

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Prophetic word (?) from Lord Stanley... Reverend Henry Ward Beecher..

Item #698412

March 22, 1858

NEW YORK TIMES, March 22, 1858

* Lord Stanley predicts the greatness of Russia and America

* Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and The Great Awakening

Page 2 has an interesting article headed: "Lord Stanley on the Future Greatness of America and Russia", which time would prove to be prophetic. Page 4 has: "The Great Awakening - The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher at Burton's", which i... See More  

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The Mormon/Utah War... The Kansas problem...

Item #698406

December 29, 1857

THE NORWALK EXPERIMENT, Huron County, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1857

* The Mormon/Utah War

* Brigham Young's sermon of defiance

* Give the President a piece of his mind

The front page has the bold single column heading: "THE MORMONS WAR", with subheadings: "Their Prophet Defies the Powers that be, in the name of Israel's God!", and "The Priest and People cry Ame... See More  

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Attack by Mormon gang... The Great Chicago Fire of 1857...

Item #698403

October 27, 1857

THE NORWALK EXPERIMENT, Huron County, Ohio, Oct. 27, 1857

* Mormon gang attacks traveler (?)

* Brigham Young mentioned

* Great fire in Chicago

Page 2 has: "The Mormons", which is an article describing a letter from a W. P. Landon who tells of being attacked by a gang of Mormons in Salt Lake City, which necessitated his fleeing to Placerville, California, leaving his wife and chi... See More  

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Niles' eight essays on the "Mitigation of Slavery"...

Item #698392

May 08, 1819

NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore (8-issue set)

* The "Mitigation of Slavery" - 8 issues
* Serialized essay by Hezekiah Niles'

* His plan to abolish slavery in America

 A set of 8 issues which contain all eight essays by publisher Hezekiah Niles titled the: "Mitigation of Slavery" in which he puts forth five propositions to that end.

The issues ar... See More  

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Celebrating Robert Burns, the renowned Scotish poet...

Item #698358

January 29, 1859

ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Jan. 29, 1859  The issue has several illustrations related to Robert Burns (Rabbie Burns), the notable Scottish poet and lyricist. In this regard, the front page has: "The Burns Centenary, 'Alloway's Auld Kirk'". The inside has: "The Burns - Centenary - Burns In The Plough-Field Composing His Poem 'To A Mountain Daisy'"... See More  

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German language newspaper from 1833 Harrisburg...

Item #698133

July 18, 1833

HARRISBURGER MORGENROTHE, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 18, 1833 

* Rare publication

* German language newspaper

A quite scarce newspaper for the German speaking community in the Harrisburg area, printed entirely in the German language. Gregory's "Union List of American Newspapers" notes that only the Pennsylvania State Library has a reasonable run of this title, two oth... See More  

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Death report of Nathan Mayer Rothschild - English branch of the Family...

Item #698115

September 10, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 10, 1836  

* Death of Nathan Mayer Rothschild

* Established English Branch of the Rothschild family

* President Jackson and others discuss the U.S. surplus

The front page has a brief (but historic) report on the death of Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the founder of the English branch of the Rothschild family legacy and influence. A portion of th... See More  

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Very early from the "Perfectionists", the early Oneida Community...

Item #698011

August 31, 1849

THE SPIRITUAL MAGAZINE, Oneida Reserve, Aug. 31, 1849  This was the first periodical of what would become the famed Oneida Community. It was first published in Putney, Vermont, moving to the Oneida Reserve, New York, in 1848.

This community, called "Perfectionists", was founded by John Humphrey Noyes. He established a "Bible family" in which all should be perfectly e... See More  

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Magazine in the Welsh language...

Item #698010

May 01, 1838

SEREN GOMER, Carmarthen, Wales, May, 1838  A quite uncommon magazine from Wales, totally in the Welsh language. Although commonly spoken in the 19th century, its use had diminished in the 20th century. Efforts are being made to bring it back today.

Complete in 32 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice condition.

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Short-lived campaign newspaper to elect Andrew Jackson...

Item #698008

July 19, 1828

UNITED STATES' TELEGRAPH--EXTRA, Washington, July 19, 1828  This is the volume 1, number 19 issue. This was a campaign journal "...devoted exclusively to the Presidential election..." as stated in the masthead.

It was published by Duff Green, who had come to Washington to establish a newspaper to promote the candidacy of Andrew Jackson. Mott says: "Green proved to be of th... See More  

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Buchanan's state-of-the-union address... Latest from the "Mormon country"...

Item #697950

December 28, 1859

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 28, 1859  Page 3 has most of a column headed: "From The Mormon Country" datelined at "Great Salt Lake City" which provides a rather inclusive update on the events in Utah in recent months. Also on page 3: "The Purchase of Mount Vernon" by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, with the details. 

Over an entire page, spread on very ... See More  

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Published by P. T. Barnum... View of Concord, New Hampshire...

Item #697947

January 29, 1853

THE ILLUSTRATED NEWS New York, Feb. 12, 1853  Among the prints in this short-lived paper (lasted just 48 issues) are: "Floating Mortar" "Astor Place Opera House" "Ladies  Presenting the Great  Temperance Petition at Albany" "The Seals of Jerusalem".

Also a nice nearly half page overview of the city of: "Concord, New Hampshire" "... See More  

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Slave ads & notices in this antebellum Louisiana newspaper...

Item #697941

August 29, 1850

THE DAILY DELTA, New Orleans, Aug. 29, 1850  Newspapers from the pre-Civil War South are rather difficult to find. Here is one from Louisiana.

Among the many page 3 ads are: "$100 Reward" for a runaway mulatto woman, with a small print of her. Also: "$20 Reward for a runaway with a print; "Negro Clothing" with much detail. There are also 23 illustrated steamboat ads.... See More  

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1856 Bleeding Kansas border war...

Item #697933

June 13, 1856

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 13, 1856

* Bleeding - Bloody Kansas - Border War

* Sacking of Osawatomie & Palmyra

* Free-Staters vs. Border Ruffians

* Fight for pro and anti-slavery

The front page has one column headings that include: "The War In Kansas" "Osawatomie and Palmyra Sacked by a Pro-Slavery Mob" "Gross Outrages--Women Robbed of their Jewels" and mor... See More  

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St. Paul from before the Civil War...

Item #697918

October 01, 1858

SAINT PAUL DAILY MINNESOTIAN, Minnesota, Oct. 1, 1858  A wide variety of news reports of the day and a great wealth of advertisements from before the Civil War. Uncommon from this Northern city.

Four pages, large folio size, nice condition.

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Difficulty in capturing Santa Anna...

Item #697908

October 29, 1847

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1847  Inside has some great content on the Mexican War including nearly a full column letter: "Dispatches From Major Downing" on the situation from near the end of the war. It includes a letter from him to President Polk which begins: "I've done my best, according to your directions, to get round Santa Anna, but it is... See More  

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President Andrew Jackson's response to the citizens of Charleston....

Item #697903

July 16, 1831

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 16, 1831  The front page has considerable details from Charleston, Soth Carolina regarding their fourth of July celebration. This included a letter being read which was then forwarded on to President Andrew Jackson with a request for a response. The article was followed by his response, and signed, ANDREW JACKSON. The subject of both centered around Nullificat... See More  

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Gold in California, and getting there...

Item #697894

December 28, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 1849  The top of page 3 has a column headed: "Additional From California" which has much concerning the growth of the territory. One bit includes: "The immigrants by the overland route were continuing to arrive...It is said that numbers are now coming by the northern trail...The emigrants think that much of the suffering ... See More  

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The Maryland "Jew Bill" is finally passed...

Item #697877

March 19, 1825

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 19, 1825  The prime content in this issue is the page 2 report from "Maryland" noting three acts that have passed the legislature, the first & most significant being the Jew Bill, which for many years had been attempted before finally being approved in 1825.

The text of the bill includes: "Be it enacted by the general assembly of Maryl... See More  

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Proclamation by Napoleon...

Item #697857

August 23, 1808

SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, Aug. 23, 1808  Among the items is a page 2: "Proclamation" signed in type: Napoleon, noting in part: "...We guarantee to the King of Spain the independence and integrity of his States in Europe..." followed by a response "Proclamation" by the King of Spain.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some wear at the margins with some foxi... See More  

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The famous--or infamous--trial of Hiram Cole...

Item #697852

March 10, 1858

CLEVELAND WEEKLY PLAIN DEALER, Ohio, March 10, 1858  About half of the front page, a portion of page 2, and most of page 3 are taken up with the very extensive coverage of an infamous court trial: "A Full Report Of the Trial of HIRAM COLE, Indicted for Poisoning his Wife, Adele Cole, on the 8th and 9th days of September, 1857".

There is an engraving of Hiram Cole at the top of both... See More  

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The Mormons' new home... Gold in California...

Item #697823

March 22, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 22, 1849  

* California gold rush - 49ers

* Mormons at Salt Lake City

* Mormonism - emigration

Two-thirds of a column on page 3 is taken up with: "The Mormons" which notes in part: "...Seven thousand of them have found a resting place in the most remarkable spot on the American follow after a new Jerusalem ... See More  

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Mormon attack... Brigham Young on the Indians & U.S. forces...

Item #697822

November 17, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 1857  This issue has multiple reports regarding the Mormon tensions of mid-late 1857. Page 2 begins with a full column article headed: "A Reply to Brigham Young" which kicks off with Young's detailed letter on how to handle the Indians, followed by the response of J.W. Denver, Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Both letters d... See More  

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Four advertisements for the book Uncle Tom's Cabin...

Item #697765

April 08, 1852

THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., April 8, 1852  The back page has not one, but four advertisements for the sale of: "Uncle Tom's Cabin". One ad begins: "A constant supply of this most interesting work will be kept for sale...", another has: "Now Ready, Uncle Tom's Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe..." with more; and the third begins: "Mr. Harr... See More  

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Should an atheist's oath "under God" be disqualified in court?

Item #697761

July 02, 1839

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1839  Page 2 has: "Religious Belief of Witnesses", which tells of a court case in Boston in which the defendant argued that a potential witness should be disqualified since the required oath "to tell the truth... so help me God" with their hand on a Bible would be meaningless to them. It is interesting to note this te... See More  

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"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
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Horace Greeley's first successful publication...

Item #697731

April 13, 1839

THE NEW-YORKER, New York, April 13, 1839  This title was published by the famed Horace Greeley, begun some seven years before his more famous 'New York Tribune' would print its first issue. Although he would work at several newspapers prior to the 'New Yorker' this would be his first successful venture eventually reaching a circulation of 9,000.
Long active in politics, Gr
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First use of insanity plea... Nellie Bly...

Item #697730

March 19, 1859

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 19, 1859  The front page shows: 'Hon. Daniel E. Sickles in Prison at Washington', who was the first person to plead temporary insanity in a murder case. He would be acquitted. There is a related article on page 2 titled: "The Washington Tragedy".

Also of significance is the 2 1/2 page article with ten illustrations titled "A Visit T... See More  

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St. Valentine's Day...

Item #697695

February 16, 1856

BALLOU'S PICTORIAL, Boston, Feb. 16, 1856  A periodical much in the style of the more popular Harper's Weekly, but this title existed before Harper's did.

The front page has 5 vignettes and an article on: "St. Valentine's Day".  Prints inside; include: "City of Genoa" "Cathedral of St. Giovanni, at Turin"; a rousing, tipped-in doublepage cen... See More  

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