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The notorious pirate Captain Kidd is executed !

Item # 682668

May 26, 1701

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, May 22-26, 1701 

* Infamous pirate Captain William Kidd
* Historic & extremely rare report
* Execution - hanging

The London Gazette is the oldest continually published newspaper in the world, having started in 1665 and is still publishing today.
This issue contains on page two an exceedingly significant report--perhaps the rarest and most sought after pirate report to be found in any newspaper--which is datelined "London, May 23" and reads: "This day Capt. William Kidd, and three other of the Pirates lately condemned at the Admiralty Sessions at the Old-Baily, were executed at Execution-Dock."
Certainly the first, if not the only report on the death of Captain Kidd as the date of this issue spans the date of his death. I have never seen another period newspaper with this report.
This is a single sheet newspaper, which was typical for this period, with some light water staining, has a paper flaw (not damage) on the right causing minor loss to blank margin and not close to any text. Wide margins with no edge tears. The entire issue measures 6 5/8 by 11 3/4 inches.
This issue comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a Deluxe Gift Portfolio as shown in the photos. A very rare opportunity for an exceedingly historic report. This is just the second issue of this date we have located in our 46 years in the hobby.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's