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"The Swedish Intelligencer" by Butter and Bourne...
Item # 691742
January 01, 1633
THE SWEDISH INTELLIGENCER, "The Third Part" as well as: "The Fourth Part", London, 1633
* Very rare 17th century periodical
* Publisher Nathaniel Butter
A very rare newsbook by the famed publishing team of Nathaniel Butter and Nicholas Bourne who are credited with being the founders of the English language periodical format, having published: "The Continuation of Our Weekly News" in 1624, taken from like-publishers in Germany & Amsterdam.
This title, item #847 in Crane & Kaye's "Census Of Newspapers 1620-1800", is among the earliest printed in England, 1621 being credited as the earliest.
Records show there were six issues, or "parts" of The Swedish Intelligencer printed from 1632 to 1635. We recently sold Part Two. This is the first we have seen of either Part Three or Part Four, and in this offering they are bound together in original vellum bindings.
The full text of the 230+ pages of Part Three can be seen at this website, and the full text of the 174+ pages of Part Four can be seen at this website.
Of significance is the inclusion in Part Three of the 12 3/4 by 16 1/2 inch fold-out plan of the key event of the Thirty Years War, the Battle of Lutzen, during which the victorious leader of the Protestant forces, King Gustavus Adolphus, was mortally wounded.
The content of this thick, book-like volume of two issues is mentioned in the title pages: "...Wherein, Out of the Truest and Choysest Informations, are the Famous Actions of that warlike Prince, Historically led along: from the Victory of Leipsich, unto the Conquest of Bavaria. The times and places of every Action, being so sufficiently observed and described, that the Reader may finde both Truth and Reason in it."
Full title page with the imprint: "Printed by I.L. for Nath: Butter and Nicholas Bourne" present for each issue, table of contents at the back of each, 5 1/4 by 7 inches, great condition.
An opportunity for two issues of an exceedingly rare, English-language newsbook, among the earliest to be found on the market.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's