One never knows what will be found…

June 7, 2010 by  
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I suspect I have reflected several times upon the great wealth of interesting information which can be found in a seemingly “generic” issue. Recently I came across an item which was unfound for over 30 years until time permitted a closer look.

I have always touted the value of London’s “Gentleman’s Magazine” as a great periodical, as few world events of the 18th century escaped its pages, including American events from after the Revolutionary War. As a title which has always be somewhat common in a relative sense, when American titles of the 18th century have become almost impossible to find, key issues in “Gentleman’s Magazine” offer an excellent opportunity to add period, historic reports to a collection at a relatively modest cost.

Admittedly, volumes of this title have become more difficult to come by in recent years, prompting us to take a closer look at some issues which used to go out the door almost as quickly as they came in. The June, 1790 issue was seemingly just another innocuous magazine from the post-war era, and which I suspect we sold dozens of times for $15 to $25 or so. But a week ago I took a more careful look and found an excellent obituary of Benjamin Franklin, taking over 1 1/2 pages, even including is very famous self-written obituary which includes: “The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, like the cover of an old book, its content torn out & stript of its lettering & gilding, lies here food for worms…”.

You may have purchased this June, 1790 issue from us in years past. If you have, take a look at pages 571-3 and elevate the status of this issue from generic to significant.  Even with this wonderful content, we still offer this issue for less than 1/3 the price of comparable reports in American newspapers.

I wonder how many other significant issues we’ve sold over the past 34 years not fully knowing what was inside? Hopefully you have discovered some gems which escaped my eye….it’s all part of the thrill of collecting!

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4 Responses to “One never knows what will be found…”

  1. Enhance Your Sports Collectible with Historic Newspapers! on June 16th, 2010 7:33 am

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  2. Bill Barclay on October 22nd, 2010 9:33 am

    Having purchased a few Gentleman’s Magazines from your excellent site,I would normally check out the issue on line.All issues of this magazine from 1731-50 can be viewed before purchase.This also applies to The London Gazzette where all issues are viewable.
    I had a smile when you wrote ”How many more issues have been sold not fully knowing what’s inside”. You currently have on offer the Gentleman’s Magazine for Oct 1745,in which you have missed the most historic significance in this issue. It has the first written down words and music to the British National Anthem…God save the King.
    Even to this day Scots will whistle and boo down this anthem when played at sporting and other events,as it is deemed anti Scottish.

  3. Tim Hughes on October 22nd, 2010 9:37 am

    Bill – Thanks for the comment! I’m sure there are many other gems found within the pages of the newspapers and magazines we have sold which we never discovered. It adds to the intrigue of the hobby.

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