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687166

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #687166

January 20, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 20, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (3) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including three on the back page for ... See More  

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$48.00
685981

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #685981

June 27, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 27, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication

* 3 runaway slave advertisements




This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political o... See More  

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$67.00
683209

Creating the Mason-Dixon Line: map of America...

Item #683209
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1769 



* Early America map

* Pennsylvania and Maryland

* Mason and Dixon Line creation




Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice full page map of the Chesapeake region showing parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and all of Delaware. The inset in the lower right corner reads: "A Map of that Part of Ameri... See More  

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$455.00
683139

Letter from General Anthony Wayne's army...

Item #683139

November 17, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 17, 1794  As the title would suggest there is a great wealth of advertising, but half of pages 2 & 3 have news reports including a descriptive letter: "...from an Officer in General Wayne's Army". The back page features 30 illustrated ship ads along with 2 runaway reward ads.

Four pages, never-trimme... See More  

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$38.00
682493

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #682493

March 08, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 8, 1798  This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The first issue ap... See More  

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682214

The immigrant issue in America in 1787...

Item #682214

May 01, 1787

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1787  Included is a brief section headed: "American News" which references the end of the Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts, and also mention that: "...from Philadelphia...that thirty thousand emigrants have arrived there since the war; that twenty thousand Germans and Dutch occupy a tract of 50 miles; and that grants have been made of... See More  

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681751

America must remain vigilant...

Item #681751

January 19, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1793  Page 3 has a great letter beginning: "The important struggle now is how America shall preserve her Liberty and Equality! For it is unbecoming her after she has contended with the power of Great Britain & conquered, that she must depend solely on the success of France for their continuance!...".

Four pages, nev... See More  

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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
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$16,500.00
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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681210

Critical of the Howes in New York...

Item #681210

December 21, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Dec. 21, 1779 



* Revolutionary War era newspaper



Page 2 has a letter from New York to his friend in Savannah, Georgia, noting in part: "With a body of 12,000 men we do---nothing! The rebels are the only active people here. Such are the blessed effects of the 3 years campaigns under the Howes...We have changed our chief, it is true, but I cannot s... See More  

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680937

Capture of Ethan Allen...

Item #680937

October 21, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Oct. 21, 1775 



* Ethan Allen captured

* Revolutionary War




The front page includes a letter: "To the King" which references the American situation & includes: "...Let then, royal Sire, the liberty of England and America be ever in your heart, then shall the people be free, and America shall yet be happy in the full enjoyment of ... See More  

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680789

The very historic Duche letter to General Washington... Battle of the Kegs...

Item #680789

February 19, 1778

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Feb. 19, 1778 



* Jacob Duché - 1st chaplain to the Continental Congress

* Famous letter to General George Washington

* American Revolutionary War




A nice feature of the masthead is a great engraving taken after one done earlier by Paul Revere, showing a patriot soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll reading "Independence" in the ot... See More  

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$1,225.00
680689

George Washington Act of Congress...

Item #680689

July 27, 1796

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, July 27, 1796 



* President George Washington

* Lengthy Act of Congress




Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress concerning duties on carriages, which is signed in type: G. Washington, President of the United States.

Page 3 has reports from Savannah, Philadelphia, New York, Northampton, Portland, Newburyport, and Bo... See More  

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$103.00
680619

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #680619

March 03, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 3, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American publication



This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffer... See More  

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$62.00
680607

Death of Governor James Bowdoin...

Item #680607

November 24, 1790

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Nov. 24, 1790



* James Bowdoin death

* 2nd Governor of Massachusetts




The front page has: "Mr. Bowdoin" being a brief report announcing the death of James Bowdoin, a former Massachusetts governor and scholar, plus the "Order Of Procession" for his funeral.

A page 3 report from "Philadelphia" says the President was abou... See More  

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680460

Two Acts of Congress signed by John Adams...

Item #680460

August 31, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 31, 1799 



* President John Adams

* Land Acts of Congress




The front page has two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type: John Adams. One is to authorize the sale of: "...certain lands between the Great and Little Miami rivers in the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio...". Other items include: "Rumors of a N
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680382

Notice for INA, oldest stock insurance company in the United States...

Item #680382

June 14, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 14, 1793 



* Notice for INA, oldest stock insurance company in the United States



The bottom of the bkpg. has a notice: "The Members of the Insurance Company of North America..." with more. INA is the oldest stock insurance company in the U.S., founded in Phila. in 1792. It merged to form CIGNA in 1982. 

The ftpg. ... See More  

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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
680365

The great Philadelphia State House print...

Item #680365
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1752 



* Pennsylvania State House

* Philadelphia PA print

* Independence Hall




Despite the 48 pages of text within this issue the prime content is certainly the full page plate captioned: "A View of the State House in Philadelphia" which would later be known as Independence Hall.

This is a print of this famous building 24 years bef... See More  

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$415.00
680364

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War... On Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga...

Item #680364

March 07, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 7, 1778 



* Surrender of general Burgoyne

* Battles of Saratoga - New York




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a: "...letter from Vice Admiral Lord Vi... See More  

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680026

Decorative back page with 34 illustrated ship ads...

Item #680026

November 10, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 10, 1794 



* 18th century shipping advertisements



The back page is decorated by 35 illustrated ship ads, with details.

Inside pages have various news reports of the day and more ads.

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

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679946

A new town near Hispaniola...

Item #679946

June 06, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 6, 1767  Inside has most of a column headed: "America" with datelines from Philadelphia, New York & Kingston, Jamaica. 

One report notes that: "...Gov. Seymour...had already planned a town which was to be built on the Grand Key, and to be called by the name of Shelburne. As these islands lie so contiguous to Hispaniola...is imagined... See More  

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679116

Colonial Boston, with the Supplement issue attached...

Item #679116

June 06, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, June 6, 1768 



* Pre Revolutionary War tensions



Under reports from London is: "...Letters from Boston, New England, mention that the late public spirit for establishing new manufactures was greatly subsided, the adventurers having met with nothing but disappointments in procuring materials, scarcity of money, & high price of wages." Else... See More  

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678034

Map of Hudson River region... Franklin on exchange of prisoners...

Item #678034
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1778 



* Rare Revolutionary War New York map

* Benjamin Franklin letter

* Ethan Allen




Of great significance is the very nice foldout map headed: "Map of Hudson's River with the Adjacent Country", which shows from Crown Point & Ticonderoga, south to Philadelphia, & also from Long Island to Lake Ontario with considerable de... See More  

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678003

Terrific & rare map of the Philadelphia vicinity... Battle of Trenton...

Item #678003
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1777



* The Battle of Trenton, New Jersey

* Great Revolutionary War map of Philadelphia




Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Philadelphia and Parts Adjacent, by N. Scull & G. Heap" which shows the street grid of Philadelphia plus the various towns, roads, streams & rivers in the ... See More  

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677978

Map of South Pole plus much on the Revolutionary War...

Item #677978
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1776 



* American Revolutionary War

* Original South Pole map




This is a fine issue from this significant year of the Revolutionary War, with much war-related content.

Included are two pages on an: "Act for Prohibiting all Trade with America" which is followed by an: "Act of Massachusetts Bay for Fitting out Armed V
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677975

Earliest ice cream advertisement we have seen...

Item #677975

January 10, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1795 



* President George Washington era

* Very early ice cream advertisement




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.... See More  

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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
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677407

The life of David Rittenhouse...

Item #677407

July 20, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, July 20, 1796  Page 2 has 1 1/2 columns devoted to the life of David Rittenhouse, who recently died.

Rittenhouse was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, clockmaker, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman and public official. Rittenhouse was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the first director of the Uni... See More  

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677256

Trouble with the Indians...

Item #677256
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, (Philadelphia), October, 1786  The first article is: "Some Observations on the Structure of the Surface of the Earth in Pennsylvania and the Adjoining Countries..." which takes nearly 5 pages. Also within is the continued: "Sketch of the Life of the Late Nathaniel Greene, Major General of the Forces of the United States of America" which takes nearl... See More  

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677133

Washington's concerns about apportioning numbers for Congress...

Item #677133

April 07, 1792

THE MAIL; OR CLAYPOOLE'S DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1792



* President George Washington

* United States Congress




Page 3 has a letter from the President to Congress concerning his thoughts on apportioning representatives for the House according to the first census. Hid notes his two objections. Signed in type: G. Washington.

Four pages, untrimmed margins, nice condition.... See More  

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677088

Lengthy report on the XYZ Affair...

Item #677088

January 31, 1799

THE UNIVERSAL GAZETTE, Philadelphia, Jan. 31, 1799  The entire front page, all of page 4, and a portion of page 2 are taken ump with the report of the Secretary of State concerning the troubles between the United States and France, known as the XYZ Affair, which would lead to the Quasi-War. It is prefaced with a note signed by the President, John Adams, and signed at its conclusion ... See More  

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677063

George Washington is elected President of the United States...

Item #677063

February 20, 1793

NATIONAL GAZETTE, Philadelphia, Feb. 20, 1793



* President George Washington

* Historic 2nd election victory




Nearly three-quarters of the front page is taken up with an address: "To ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Secretary of the Treasury of he United States". This is followed, on page 2, with a second analysis of America's financial situation.

But by far the most significant ite
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676925

Washington returns home as a private citizen...

Item #676925

March 18, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 18, 1797



* George Washington returns home

* Becomes a private citizen

* Mount Vernon, Virginia




Page 2 has a report noting that 24 Philadelphia clergymen presented an affectionate address to George Washington on the last day of his presidency, to which he replied: "Believing as I do, that Religion and Morality are the essential pillars of civil societ... See More  

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676901

The Presidency to change hands for the first time...

Item #676901

December 24, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 24, 1796  The front page has two Acts, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams. One is for incorporating a religious society in Newburyport. The front page also has an address from the Legislature of Vermont to the President, with his gracious reply, signed in type: Go. Washington.

Page 2 has a tally of the electoral votes showing Adams with 70... See More  

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676826

Houdon's famous Washington sculpture... Washington is inaugurated...

Item #676826

March 01, 1793

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, March, 1793  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back leaf contains news items of the day.

Among the news reports is a notable one from Philadelphia: "Houdon, the famous French sculptor, who paid a visit to this country a few years ago to procure a likeness of the President, and who was employed by the s... See More  

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$144.00
676676

Significant French & Indian War coverage... Jewish burial rituals....

Item #676676
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1758  The most significant article is headed: "American Affairs" with a dateline of Williamsburg, Virginia, July 7 which includes: "...that the Indians had lately killed & captivated 26 people between Winchester & Augusta court house...that a large body of the inhabitants, to the number of 300, were removed into Culpepper..... See More  

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676545

Print of Crown Point and Cape of Good Hope... Article by Ben Franklin...

Item #676545
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1755  Of great interest is: "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc. By B. Franklin, Esq. of Philadelphia", which takes 3 pages.

Near the back are two prints on a single page, one headed: "Plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point" and the other a map showing a much wider area including Lake Geor... See More  

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676541

Poem to Ben Franklin with lightning rod reference...

Item #676541
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1754 



* A poem to Benjamin Franklin

* Mention of his lightning rod




Near the back is a half page poem titled: "To Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Philadelphia, on his Experiments and Discoveries in Electricity" which is dated from "Cooper River, S. Carolina, Sept. 20, 1753".

At the bottom of the poem are two footnotes, one... See More  

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$88.00
676498

Philadelphia described... Discussion on the Jew Bill...

Item #676498
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1753 



* The Jew Bill in England

* Colonial Philadelphia description




Pages 1 through 4 are taken up with a fascinating article titled: "A Compleat View of the Controversy concerning the late Act in favour of the Jews". The subheads include: "Reasons for the Jews Bill and Answers" and "Objections to the Jews Bill and ... See More  

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675450

Obituary of Benjamin Franklin...

Item #675450
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1790  The most significant item is a report of the death of Benjamin Franklin listed near the back under the "Deaths" column. It begins: "At Philadelphia, aged 84 years and 3 months, Benjamin Franklin, esq. L.L.D. and F.R.S. He was born in 1706..." continuing on with more on his life & concluding with a letter concerning the deat... See More  

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675250

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #675250

June 12, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 12, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication



This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffer... See More  

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$67.00
675042

One of the earliest ice cream advertisements we have seen...

Item #675042

February 04, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 4, 1795 



* President George Washington era

* Very early ice cream advertisement




In addition to various news reports found inside, the front page has one of the earliest "Ice Cream" advertisements we have seen in any newspaper.

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

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674608

Capital moves to Princeton due to troubles with angry soldiers over lack of pay...

Item #674608

August 19, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 19, 1783 



* Princeton, New Jersey becomes Capital of U.S.



Page 2 has a nice account of the insurrection by solders in Philadelphia due to  being furloughed without their pay, noting in part: "...The Congress have thought fit to remove themselves to Prince Town [Princeton], the malcontents, consisting principally if not wholly, of the disband... See More  

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674496

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

Item #674496
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, September, 1787 



* Philadelphia printing of the Constitution of the United States



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 o... See More  

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$7,350.00
674043

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #674043

March 23, 1797

PORCUPINES GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 23, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American title



All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements inc... See More  

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$78.00
673668

Independence of America will destroy the marine power of England... A plan for capturing General Greene...

Item #673668

July 18, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 18, 1782



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




Page 4 has a letter noting: "...urging the Councils of the State to give up to French & Congressional ambition the independence of American, and with it our best resources of commerce, wealth, and naval strength...For the wise maxims...of that Court...are 'that the independenc... See More  

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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
673225

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #673225

March 21, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 21, 1797  All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements including one headed: "The Time Of... See More  

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673178

Census report from New Jersey...

Item #673178
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1749  Nearly a full page is taken up with charts showing the population of New Jersey in 1738 and 1745. Included among the columns are those labeled: "Male Slaves" "Female Slaves" and "Total of Slaves".

Also a chart of those: "Buried in the several Burying Grounds of Philadelphia", columns headed by r
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$39.00
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