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Item # 697861

February 11, 1681

THE PROTESTANT (DOMESTICK) INTELLIGENCE, OR NEWS BOTH FROM CITY AND COUNTRY, London, England, February 11, 1681  

* Benjamin Harris imprint
* America's 1st publisher
* Rare 17th century periodical


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a newspaper by Benjamin Harris. Harris was the first newspaper publisher in the colonies, having published "Public Occurrences Both Forreign & Domestick" in Boston in 1690. It lasted for only one issue.
Before emigrating to the colonies he published this newspaper in London, but he was eventually put in jail and upon release headed for the colonies.
The back page has a report noting: "We hear that the Cicilia, a Virginia ship of 300 tuns and 20 guns, richly laden...outward bound, was cast away in the Capes of Virginia and not a man saved. She was a stout new ship and this her first voyage. It is very much feared that another Virginia ship homeward bound...is floundered at the sea, she being a leaky vessel & lost her company...".
A fine opportunity for a Harris imprint (his name appears at the bottom of the back page).
A single sheet issue, 8 1/2 by 12 1/4 inches, very wide margins, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's