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September 29, 1920
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Sept. 29, 1920
* Chicago White "Black" Sox - players suspended
* World Series Scandal breaks
* Best publication to be had (extremely rare)
Among the most desired reports in all of baseball history are those covering the infamous "Black Sox" World Series scandal of 1919, in which players of the Chicago White Sox were accused of gambling on th... See More
March 03, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Mar. 3, 1775 This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.
Most of the front page is taken up with a detailed account headed: "An Authetick Account of the Miserable fate of ten Men belongin... See More
July 02, 1783
THE ROYAL GAZETTE, New York, July 2, 1783
* American Revolutionary War
* Extremely rare publication
* James Rivington
This is a case where the rarity of the title surpasses the content within. This was a Tory newspaper by the infamous James Rivington who was supportive of the British cause.
Rivington's initially impartial stance shifted as the revolution loomed and public opini... See More
November 20, 1863
PUBLIC LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1863 The front page has over two columns taken up with: "The Solemnities At Gettysburg" "Dedication of The Cemetery Of The Heroes" "Oration of Hon. Edward Everett".
As many know, Everett was the keynote speaker at the ceremonies, and he droned on for two hours. Page 2 has some additional reporting on the event under: "... See More
Item #687396THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, England, August, 1776
* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text
* As reported from Great Britain
It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remains a desire of most collectors to find issues containing reference to it, and ultimately a contemporary printing... See More
July 06, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Richmond, Virginia, July 6, 1863 Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
Although the front page has much reporting on the Civil War, certainly the most significant content in this issue is the rather lengthy & detailed reporting on the first two days of the Battle of Gettysburg found on the back page.
The... See More
March 03, 1860
NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, March 3, 1860 Pages 2 and 3 contain a lengthy speech headed: "NATIONAL POLITICS" "A Speech by Abraham Lincoln of Illinois" Delivered at the Cooper Institute, New York, Feb. 27" known more commonly as Lincoln's famous Cooper-Union speech.
At this point Lincoln had not declared himself a presidential candidate, and this was his first oppor... See More
December 04, 1881
THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Arizona, Dec. 4, 1881
* Best Old West title to be had
* Post Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in po... See More
November 03, 1948
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 3, 1948 This title and date are identified with perhaps the most recognizable headline of the 20th century: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN". Even those not remotely knowledgeable about historic newspapers are familiar with this headline as it appeared in countless history books, historical reviews of the 20th century, and presidential campaign and election rep... See More
March 06, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, March 6, 1865 Page 4 headlines at the top of last column about the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln include: "INAUGURATION" "Our Report of the Second Installation of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States" "Scenes at the White House in the Streets and at the Capital" "Washington, March 4, 1861, and Washington, March 4, 1865.... See More
June 20, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 20, 1798 A very significant issue, as the front page contains the Act of Congress which formally established the Department of the Navy.
The United States Navy can trace its history back to 1775 when the Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. Soon after the end of the Revolutionary War the ships were sold & the Continenta... See More
December 21, 1665
THE OXFORD GAZETTE, England, Dec. 21, 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. This is the #11 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 #23 w... See More
April 22, 1779
THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 22, 1779 A very handsome issue as the masthead features an engraving taken from one done by Paul Revere for colonial currency at the time. It is a very patriotic device showing a soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll with 'Independence' in the other, with the words 'Appeal To Heaven" above him.
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October 30, 1776
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR, AMERICAN ORACLE OF LIBERTY, Worcester, Oct. 30, 1776 This newspaper published by the famed Isaiah Thomas is undoubtedly one of the more significant & notable titles of the Revolutionary War era.
It is worth noting that the famed printer Isaiah Thomas was the publisher, having begun this newspaper in 1770. An ardent patriotic, as the extended title to h... See More
December 05, 1776
THE CONTINENTAL JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Boston, December 5, 1776 Certainly a nice Revolutionary War newspaper for display as the entire front page is taken up with: "An ACT for Providing a Reinforcement to the AMERICAN ARMY." by the state of Massachusetts Bay.
Page 2 has an overly optimistic letter beginning: "By this time we judge the capital events of the American ... See More
September 11, 1802
AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Frankford, Sept. 11, 1802 Note that this issue was published in nearby Frankford to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia.
This issue has a wealth of fine content on the Callender/Jefferson situation. Page 2 begins with over a full column report/editorial concerning the two, the full text shown in the photos.
Also on page 2 is a letter signed in type b... See More
February 24, 1862
DAILY DISPATCH, Richmond, Virginia, February 24, 1862 Not only is this a great Confederate newspaper, but it is from the capital of the Confederacy and as such contains a great wealth of the latest news and battle reports.
Certainly the most significant content in this issue is the content relating to the establishment of the Southern Confederacy, as the Confederate Constitution and Preside... See More
April 22, 1865
NEW YORK WEEKLY DAY-BOOK CAUCASIAN, April 22, 1865 A decidedly racist newspaper which began well before the Civil War & lasted a few years after. As such their reporting on war events provide a contrasting perspective beyond most other Northern newspapers.
With this issue all factious leanings and biased commentary is set aside to report the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The entire ... See More
January 01, 1813
Although we have sold hundreds of British sheepskin documents over the last 46 years, this would have to be the most intriguing--and exceedingly decorative.
It begins with: "George the Third by the Grace of God..." in very large handwriting, and within the "G" is a terrific engraving of King George III. The entire document is very decoratively embellished at the margins. Twice... See More
July 29, 1775
PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, July 29, 1775 Page 2 has an interesting report from London which includes: "My Lords, whatever has been done by the Americans, I must deem the more consequence of our unjust demands. They have come to you with fair argument, you have refused to hear them, they make the most respectful remonstrances, you answer them with pains & penalties; they know... See More
March 29, 1845
THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, March 29, 1845 One of the earliest newspapers we have offered from Hawaii, and fourteen years earlier than the few of this title we offered in recent years.
The "first series" of this title existed for just 1 1/2 years from 1840 to 1841. It proved unprofitable and was shut down. The editor reestablished the paper under the same tit... See More
Item #677986GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Sept. 1776 Certainly the prime feature would have to be the great fold out map titled: "A Map of the Country Round Philadelphia including Part of New Jersey, New York, Staten Island and Long Island." which shows eastern Penna., portions of Maryland, most of New Jersey, all of Staten Island, Manhattan, Southwest Connecticut and most of Long Island.
... See More
April 16, 1772
THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, April 16, 1772 The masthead features a British Royal-themed engraving of a coat-of-arms.
Page 2 has various news item, mostly from London. One-bit notes: "It is said the whole military establishment for the British colonies is to consist of 13,000 effective men, exclusive of their militia." Pages 3 & 4 are taken up with advertise... See More
July 24, 1789
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 24, 1789 The entire front page is taken up with ads including 7 illustrated ship ads.
Page 2 has an address to George Washington from the governor & council of North Carolina, which is followed by his reply which carries over to page 3 & is signed in type: G. Washington.
Also on page 3 is: "An Act Imposing duti... See More
Four front page Acts of Congress... Buying the land at West Point... Establishing a permanent seat of government...
July 28, 1790
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 28, 1790 Fully half of the front page is taken up with not one or two, but four Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: George Washington, as well as in block type by the Secretary of State: Thomas Jefferson.
The Acts are headed at the top of the first column by an engraving of a heraldic eagle. One of the acts is concerning the census... See More
February 11, 1774
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, Feb. 11, 1774 The front page has a brief item: "We hear that the Hon. John Hancock, Esq., is appointed to deliver the ORATION in commemoration of the Bloody Tragedy on the 5th of March 1770." which was the Boston Massacre.
Page 2 begins with a report of a man being tarred & feathered for an unwarranted seizure of a ship, with a not... See More
November 20, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1779 Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of the Pennsylvania Legislature, prefaced with a paragraph signed in type by the Clerk of the General Assembly, none other than: Thomas Paine.
Page 3 has yet another Act which is prefaced with an intro signed: Thomas Paine.
All of page 4 is taken up with the continued "Narrative of Col... See More
July 06, 1857
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, July 6, 1857 Page 3 has nearly 2 columns taken up with a seminal report on Lincoln's political career. Lincoln had been in the audience when Stephen Douglas made his June 12 speech defending the Dred Scott Decision of 3 months prior. Lincoln gave a speech on June 26 in which he eloquently replied to Douglas, criticizing the Red Scot Decision, and also countering Douglas... See More
May 31, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Summit Sierra Nevadas, California, May 31, 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... See More
November 17, 1804
POLITICAL OBSERVATORY, Walpole, New Hampshire, Nov. 17, 1804 Page 4 has the entire response from President Jefferson to the Ursuline Nuns from New Orleans. In this letter, he works to assuage their fears: " the principles of the constitution and government of the United states are a sure guarantee to you that it will be preserved to you sacred and inviolate, and that your instituti... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1775 Over three pages taken up with: "Protest entered in the Upper House Against the Bill for Prohibiting all Commercial intercourse with the Confederated Colonies" which is very good reading in defense of America. There is terrific & historic reading taking nearly 2 pages on what is an early version of the Articles of Con... See More
December 26, 1864
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 26, 1864 An historic issue reporting the fall of Savannah to the Union forces, with one of the more notable quotes part of the headlines, with ftpg: "CAPTURE OF SAVANNAH" "Hardee's Army Make Their Escape" "150 Guns, 13 Locomotives, 190 Cars & 33,000 Bales of Cotton Taken" "and more.
The most historic part of the report is Sherman... See More
April 13, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, April 13, 1789 A terrific issue on the very first days of work for the new federal Congress.
See the photo for the page 2 report headed: "Proceedings of Congress - House of Representatives of the United States" datelined April 11, which was 19 days before Washington's inauguration.
Included are reports of the very first item on the ... See More
February 23, 1682
THE LOYAL PROTESTANT and TRUE DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE, or, NEWS both from City and Countrey. London, Feb. 23, 1681/2 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 by 11 ... See More
March 06, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 6, 1769 The front page has an interesting article about: "...George being now master of the ceremonies made the music play just as he pleased; and one night...he swore he would exhibit to the company a dance which had never been attempted but in North America. 'Twas in vain that his friends, observing the sta... See More
Item #686426THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781 Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an entire page & is signed by him in type: B. Arnold. This is his detailed report on the taking of New London... See More
October 02, 1688
PUBLICK OCCURRENCES Truly Stated, London, Oct. 2, 1688 With only 34 issues of this newspaper ever published, and being from the 17th century, this is a quite rare title. And this is the last issue published: issue #34.
Curiously, the very first newspaper printed in America was titled: "PUBLICK OCCURRENCES Both Forreign & Domestick" and had a very similar format. It existed for... See More
April 19, 1862
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, April 19, 1862 The striking feature of this issue is the quite rare, page two print of: "The New Flag" with the text beginning: "We are informed that Congress has definitely adopted a flag. The bad wood cut will give the reader a clear conception of it, though a very moderate standard of the art of wood engraving in Richmond..." and then... See More
December 09, 1806
NEW ENGLAND PALLADIUM, Boston, Dec. 9, 1806 Page 2 has 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: "The expedition of Messrs. Lewis and Clarke [sic]...has all the success which could have been expected....it is but justice to s... See More
March 09, 1805
NEW YORK HERALD, March 9, 1805 A very historic issue as over half of page 2 is taken up with Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address for his second term as President, introduced with: "This day at 12 o'clock THOMAS JEFFERSON, President of the United States, took the oath of office and delivered the following Inaugural Speech i the Senate Chamber in the presence of the two Houses an... See More
October 10, 1846
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 10, 1846 Inside has a very historic Proclamation by Commodore John Sloat, commander of the U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific.
After receiving word that hostilities had broken out along the Texas-Mexico border, John Drake Sloat landed in California and called on California's residents to accept American rule. Sloat, like President James K. Pol... See More
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