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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."
This is the only periodical (similar ads appeared in multiple issues) we have ever seen with any reference to the famous witch trials at Salem, Massachusetts, as the London Gazette made no mention of the trials or the executions A very uncommon item and the only period mention of this very notable event in American history.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, 7 1/4 by 12 inches, nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's