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Report from the Great Plague of 1666...

Item # 679601

May 10, 1666

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, May 10, 1666  

* Among the earliest of newspapers to be had
* Report on the great plague (rare)

A notable issue from the year when the Great Plague was raging and also from the year of the Great London Fire.
The issue is filled with various reports from throughout Europe, much of it military reporting. A front page item from Falmouth notes: "The Anne of London came into this harbor April 30 from Jamaica laden with Tobacco, Indigo and Hides...they were chaced by two Pickaroons for some time, till mistaking her for a Fregat by reason of her cleanness, they left her...".
The bottom of the back page has a death report which ties it specifically to this significant year: "The Account of this Weeks Bill runs thus. The total 234. Of the Plague 53. Increased in all 21. Increased of the Plague 13."
A single sheet issue, 7 by 11 1/4 inches, small worm hole at the blank spine, a bit of light foxing, good condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's