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December 22, 1877
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 22, 1877
* Inventor Thomas Edison
* The phonograph invented
* Best title to have this in ?
Page 2 has an extremely significant article headed: The Talking Phonograph" which begins: "Mr. Thomas Edison recently came into our office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired as to our health, asked how we ... See More
April 15, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 15, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
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.
The front page is entirely taken up with ads including one for a man wh... See More
December 11, 1806
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Dec. 1, 1806 Beginning on the front page & concluding on patge 2 is the: "President's "Message" communicated to Congress, it being Jefferson's state-of-the-union address to the nation.
Of significance is some fine mention of the Lewis and Clark expedition which appears on the front page: "...The expedition of Messrs. Lewis and C... See More
May 19, 1853
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 19, 1853
* Edgar Allan Poe
* "A Rebel Soul"
* Henry Clay Preuss
Page 2 has almost an entire column taken up with a very notable article headed: "Edgar A. Poe, by Henry Clay Preuss".
As a bit of background, the following from eapoe.org is very helpful:
“In the decade following Poe’s death, periodi... See More
October 18, 1864
DAILY EXAMINER, Richmond, Virginia, October 18, 1864
* John S. Mosby - Guerrilla leader
* 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry
* Rare Confederate title
This newspaper from the capital of the Confederacy has much reporting on the Civil War, but perhaps the most significant is a back page account with heads: "From the Valley--Capture Of A Railroad Train" which includes in part: &... See More
January 12, 1864
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 12, 1864
* A very rare Confederate title
* Publisher on the run - a Memphis newspaper printed in Atlanta
* Three General Orders and more
If the title and city of publication seem to be in conflict, they are not. This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War--see the information at the bottom of this listing.
Among the ... See More
January 01, 1780
Handsome & very displayable promissory note headed: "State of Massachusetts Bay, The First Day of January, A.D. 1780".
This would appear to be a document promising to pay Samuel
Stocker for his service in the Continental Army thru funds provided by a 1779 Resolution of the General Assembly for that purpose.
The printed text begins: "In behalf of the State of Massachuset... See More
September 15, 1774
RIVINGTON'S NEW-YORK GAZETTEER; or, the CONNECTICUT, HUDSON'S RIVER, NEW-JERSEY, and QUEBEC WEEKLY ADVERTISER, New York, Sept. 15, 1774 James Rivington, the famous printer of this newspaper, had an interesting career.
He began this newspaper in 1773 initially with an impartial stance which shifted as a revolution loomed and public opinion polarized, until by late 1774 he was ad... See More
May 02, 1677
"By The King. A PROCLAMATION Requiring the Members of both Houses of Parliament to give their Attendance upon the 21st day of May instant." with further details. At the bottom of the Proclamation is "God Save The King" and the imprint: "London...Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1677." Also dated at the last line of the Proclamation: "...the Second da... See More
September 09, 1783
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 9, 1783 Certainly the most notable content is the very historic front page report, a portion reading: ".....arrived...The Definitive Treaty with the United States of America was also signed at Paris on the 3d instant, by David Hartley, Esq; His Majesty's Plenipotentiary, and by the Plenipotentiaries of the United States; and Mr. Hartley is hou... See More
July 05, 1775
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & THE NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, July 5, 1775 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 Boston, which details his reason for wanting to retire, noting: "...As I cannot, without reproach from my own conscience, consent to bear arms against my fellow subjects in Am... See More
February 23, 1782
THE NEW-HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE and GENERAL ADVERTISER, Portsmouth, Feb. 23, 1782
* Rare publication during Revolutionary War
This is certainly one of the less common titles from the Revolutionary War era.
Page 2 has a letter that notes in part: "...the Americans might yet be brought back to a constitutional subordination to this country!...". Also: "The troops destined for t... See More
June 04, 1889
TOMBSTONE PROSPECTOR, Arizona, June 4, 1889 We have had a few other newspapers from the iconic Old West town of Tombstone, but this is perhaps the most uncommon. The masthead features a great engraving of a miner on a mule.
The content is much as would be expected from a mining town, including many legal notices concerning mines, etc. A wealth of ads as well.
Four pages, various chipping n... See More
January 04, 1800
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 4, 1800 All four pages have wide black mourning rules for the death of George Washington.
Page 2 has: "Further Respectful Testimonials, Sacred to George Washington, Deceased" "By the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation" signed in type: John Adams, concerning: "...the people...to wear crape on the left arm, as mo... See More
October 23, 1770
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
September 20, 1788
THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 20, 1788 The top of the front page has an article signed by: "A Federalist" which is very supportive of the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the various states. It notes in part: "...The game that is now playing by the antifederalists is their last chance--Under the fallacious guise of being advocates for wha... See More
July 05, 1762
THE BOSTON EVENING-POST, July 5, 1762 A very handsome issue with an ornate coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead.
Page 2 has a nice, early item on Ben Franklin with an Oxford dateline: "Yesterday Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Pennsylvania, eminent for his many extraordinary improvements in electrical experiments, was presented by the University to the honorary degree of Doctor in Civil ... See More
July 31, 1804
THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN REPOSITORY, Hudson, New York, July 31, 1804 All columns on all 8 pages are black-bordered in memory of the recent death of Alexander Hamilton, the result of a duel with Aaron Burr.
The entire front page & nearly half of pg. 2 are taken up with a: "Funeral Oration". Further on is a conclusion of a report headed: "Death of Hamilton" which ta... See More
June 06, 1931
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, June 6, 1931
* Al 'Scarface' Capone
* Income tax evasion indictment
* 1st report - the beginning of the end
* Best publication to be had (very rare)
The front page has a five column heading: "Capone Indicted by U.S.; Surrenders" with subheads: "GANGSTER GIVES $50,000 BOND IN TAX FRAUD CASE" "Accused of Evading $215,080 Levy" A... See More
May 01, 1865
PHRENOLOGICAL JOURNAL, New York, May, 1865 Phrenology is a theory that the personality traits of a person can be derived from the shape of their skull. Although holding no validity today, it was a popular science in the mid-19th century and this periodical focused on it.
The feature of this issue is the page near the back which is devoted to Abraham Lincoln, including a nice portrait of him... See More
July 25, 1768
THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, July 25, 1768 The front page has: "The Nuns General Character & Way of Living from an Account of the Manners & Customs of Italy" which carries over to pages 2 & 3 as well.
Further on under: "America" is a report from Charleston which begins: "It seems hardly probable that the disturbances in our back settlements will entirely subsid... See More
July 09, 1886
OFFICIAL (Baseball) RECORD, New York, July 9, 1886
* Very rare baseball periodical
This is a volume two issue of a very rare & historically important baseball newspaper, the very first daily sports newspaper dedicated entirely to the national game of professional baseball.
Although the masthead reads: "Official Record" the title at the top of pages 2, 3 & 4 rea... See More
October 23, 1929
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 23, 1929
* Stock market crash of 1929 begins
* Eve of the initial great selling spree
The stock market crash of 1929 did much to define America for the next decade, resulting in the Great Depression and all the trauma relating to it. It seemed common for many newspapers to put a positive spin on the on-going tragedy, so front page reports often conflicted w... See More
Item #684914GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1809
* Deaths of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Paine
The obituary listing inside includes: "At New York, the notorious Thomas Pain [sic]; whose death is an admonitory event; may the lesson that it inculcates be impressive..." & more. The opposing page has: "In Guppendorff, aged 76, Joseph Haydn, the celebrated composer... ju... See More
July 17, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 17, 1863
* Battle of Gettysburg
* Eyewitness account
Not only is this a nice Civil War newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
The front page has various war-related content, including items headed: "The News" and a lengthier report: "Spies In The South" and other related items, but certainly the p... See More
December 05, 1910
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Boston, Dec. 5, 1910
* Mary Baker Eddy death
* Church of Christ, Scientist
* Best title to be had (rare)
A very significant issue, as the top of the front page has: "Mary Baker Eddy" being a report of her death. Eddy was the founder of Christian Science and the founder of this newspaper, just two of her many accomplishments. The text carries o... See More
October 01, 1869
BROUGHTON'S MONTHLY PLANET READER AND ASTROLOGICAL JOURNAL, Philadelphia, Oct., Nov., Dec., 1869
Also: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, May 29, 1869
The former was a fascinating and very unusual newspaper of small-size themed on predicting what would happen in the future--great to read in hindsight.
The feature article, which takes all of pages 1 thru 5, is headed: "A Reply... See More
September 02, 1965
THE VILLAGE VOICE, New York, Sept. 2, 1965
* Bob Dylan & his electric guitar
* His famous Forest Hills concert
The front page features a photo of Bob Dylan captioned: "Dylan Stirred Up Forrest Hills". Also on the ftpg, & concluding inside, is a detailed account of the Dylan's very notable & controversial performance at Forest Hills of just 5 days earlier. Por... See More
August 04, 1864
THE CAMDEN DAILY JOURNAL, South Carolina, August 4, 1864
* Rare Confederate publication
* William T. Sherman
* March to the sea is stopped?
A nice and quite rare title from late in the Confederacy. The front page has various news items concerning the war including: "The news of the defeat & capture of the most famous of all the Yankee raiders comes in like a welcome gleam of... See More
May 03, 1864
THE DAILY SOUTH CAROLINIAN, Columbia, May 3, 1864
* Very rare Civil War publication
A very scarce title from the Confederacy. Page 2 has an editorial headed: “Extortioners As Soldiers” and also: “War News” which has a variety of reports & subheads including: “Fight In East Tennessee” “Good Reports From Mississippi” “Important Pr... See More
October 14, 1864
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Montgomery, Alabama, October 14, 1864
* Very Rare Confederate title from the "traveling" newspaper
* Memphis newspaper printed in Montgomery, Alabama
* A wealth of Civil War related reporting
See the bottom of this listing for the fascinating history of this newspaper. Among the front page items are: ""Forrest's Operations" takin... See More
November 18, 1880
THE DAILY NUGGET, Tombstone, Pima County, Arizona, November 18, 1880
* Gunfight at the O.K. Corral fame
* Rare Wyatt Earp mention
This may well be the consummate "Old West town" much romanticized in movies and television shows, perhaps most famous for the gunfight at the OK Corral involving Wyatt Earp and the Clanton gang.
This rare issue was printed less than a year before... See More
Jeff Davis' Proclamation on the Mumford controversy: death for Butler... Battle of Murfreesboro... A "Memphis" title......
January 03, 1863
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 3, 1863
* Battle of Stones River - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
* Jefferson Davis proclamation
* Very rare publication
This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South--see the information below. The most notable content in the issue is the back page report headed: "The Battle At Murfreesboro" "... See More
December 18, 1665
THE OXFORD GAZETTE, England, Dec. 18, 1665 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. Plus this is the #10 issue.
Because of the Plague at this time, the Royal Court had removed itself from London to Oxford when this newspaper began, so issues #1 thru ... See More
July 06, 1863
NEW YORK TIMES, July 6, 1863 This is one of the better issues on the Battle of Gettysburg, as half of the first column is taken up with a stack of heads on the end of the great and decisive battle.
Heads include: "THE GREAT BATTLES" "Splendid Triumph of the Army of the Potomac" "Route of Lee's Forces on Friday" "The Most Terrible Struggle of the War&qu... See More
May 23, 1728
THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, May 23, 1728 The front page is a terrific item noting: "The government are about contracting with the proper undertakes for transporting the felons, convicts, being about 80 in number, to his Majesty's Plantations in America."." Although it was known that convicts were occasionally shipped off to the American colonies, it is exceedingly rare to ... See More
June 02, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860 The prime graphic print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text ... See More
June 02, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860 The prime print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text and 4 re... See More
Item #683352GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1756 The first two pages are devoted to the "Caribee Islands" [Caribbean] primarily limited to text on Barbadoes.
But of greater significance is the great and desirable foldout map labeled: "A Map of the CARIBBEE ISLANDS Shewing which belong to England, France, Spain, Dutch, & Danes...". This map folds out to 8 1/2 by 13 1/2 ... See More
November 07, 1682
THE LOYAL PROTESTANT and TRUE DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE, or, NEWS both from City and Countrey. London, April 26, 1681 Printed just below the masthead: "Published to prevent False, Scandalous and Seditious Reports." This is one of the very scarce titles from the 17th century as I believe we have only offered a few in the past 46 years.
Complete as a single sheet issue, 7 1/4 by ... See More
April 05, 1865
EVENING WHIG, Richmond, April 5, 1865 It's always nice to get reports of famous events in newspapers from where the event occurred. Here is a terrific opportunity.
This is a very rare Union occupation newspaper, as Richmond had just fallen to the Yankee forces on April 3. The issue of April 4 was the first produced by the Yankees. This is just the second.
The newness of the transition ... See More
Item #683209THE 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
June 25, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, San Francisco, California, June 25, 1870 This is a very fascinating newspaper, borne in the ingenious mind of a publisher who decided to take a small printing press on board the first transcontinental railroad excursion and publish 6 issues westbound and 6 issues eastbound. Printed on a Gordon press in the baggage car, it is considered the very first newspaper compos... See More
January 06, 1679
DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE Or News Both From CITY and COUNTRY, London, England, Jan. 6, 1679
* Rare 17th century periodical
A very early single sheet newspaper published by Benjamin Harris (his imprint appears on the bottom of the back page), the first newspaper printer in the colonies.
Harris spent several years in jail in London for libelous printing, and upon release he emigrated to Am... See More
January 12, 1901
THE HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, January 12, 1901 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 with the need for this new product.
The discovery of oil in Beaumont, Texas, was the beginni... See More
December 08, 1941
HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN-- 1st EXTRA, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Dec. 8, 1941 The very famous Dec. 7 issue of this paper has been reprinted so many times that genuine issues are difficult to find although they do exist.
Equally as rare--if not more so--is the "1st Extra" of the next day, with bold banner heads announcing: "ROOSEVELT DENOUNCES 'TREACHERY'; CALLS FOR ... See More
August 13, 1886
OFFICIAL RECORD, New York, Aug. 13, 1886 This is a volume two issue of a very rare & historically important baseball newspaper, the very first daily sports newspaper dedicated entirely to the national game of professional baseball.
Although the masthead reads: "Official Record" the title at the top of pages 2, 3 & 4 reads: "Official Baseball Record". This i... See More
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
September 12, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 1850
* California joins the Union (statehood)
* From the nation's capital
Not only does page 3 contain the official Act of Congress creating California as a state, the report is in the newspaper which was the unofficial voice of the government in any matters political.
Page 3 has: "An Act for the Admission of the State of C... See More
August 19, 1675
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, August 19, 1675 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 is was this title. As Wikipedia notes, this was an armed conflict between Native American inhabitants of present-day New England and... See More
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