October 14, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
One of the benefits of collecting notable newspapers is not only the joy of finding an historically significant report--like Washington's proclamation announcing the formal end of hostilities with England--but appreciating the eloquence of our leaders of years past. With all our modern intelligence & computer-enabled resources at our fingertips, it seems like the simple skill of writing has been lost with our generation.
The referenced event was recently discovered in the "Pennsylvania Journal & Weekly Advertiser
" newspaper of April 30, 1783
. Page two contains this very historic report, but of equal fascination is the wording of the document. He congratulates the Army, noting that those who have performed the "...meanest office..."
have participated in a great drama "...on the stage of human affairs...For these are the men who ought to be considered as the pride and boast of the American Army; And, who crowned with well earned laurels, may soon withdraw from the field of Glory, to the more tranquil walks of civil life...Nothing now remains but for the actors of this mighty Scene to preserve a perfect, unvarying, consistency of character through the very last act; to close the Drama with applause; and to retire from the Military Theatre with the same approbation of Angels and men which have crowned all their former virtuous actions."
There is evidence of Washington's less formal and more pedestrian side as well as he ends the document with: "An extra ration of liquor to be issued to every man tomorrow, to drink Perpetual Peace, Independence and Happiness to the United States of America."
See this hyperlink
for the full text (or the text of the actual newspaper below).
What a thrill to find such a document which has rested on our shelves for many years just waiting to be discovered.
What a thrill to be involved in such a fascinating hobby.
March 28, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
I would argue that beyond the Civil War
, the era of American history which evokes the most interest among our collectors is unquestionably the Revolutionary War
. With a cast of characters who still rank among the most memorable in history—Washington
, and more—and a plot, which if it were not true history would serve as an excellent screenplay for an exciting movie—an oppressed, energized people seek to break free from the reigns of oppression and dominance from abroad—it is easy to see how the events of the Revolutionary War
continue to intrigue and offer a foundation upon which to reflect as today’s world grapples with many of the same issues despite the 230+ years which distance us from those notable events.
And what could be better than experiencing those events just as those who lived through them? Newspapers offer that opportunity. Genuine issues, once held and read by those who lived through those turbulent days before being relegated to the back shelves of libraries, are now part of the inventory of Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers
. And at prices which might surprise many (see Revolutionary War issues for $60 and under
), as a hobby which is relatively unknown to the collecting world has yet to cause demand and scarcity to drive prices beyond the means of the average collector. Of course, there are still many that fall into the category of what we refer to as, "The Best of the Best - Revolutionary War Edition
Of significance is that British titles, which offer excellent coverage of all American events given their role in attempting to placate the demands of the Americans while maintaining control of their colonies
, allow ownership of battle reports of the war for under $100, with
some very notable events in the $200-$300 range. American newspapers remain among the most desired but their scarcity is reflected in their prices. With a collection of the “Pennsylvania Evening Post
” which included the Declaration of Independence
bringing $600,000 in auction recently, it would amaze many that the same document is available in London’s “Gentleman’s Magazine” issue of August, 1776
(took news 3-4 weeks to traverse the Atlantic) for under $4,000. Other disproportionate prices between British and American newspapers entice many to gravitate to the British titles while prices and availability remain attractive.
The “London Chronicle
” is one of the better British titles in reporting the Revolutionary War
. From the Battle of Lexington and Concord
, to Bunker Hill
, Battle of New York
, Washington crossing the Delaware, treason of Benedict Arnold
, Guilford Court House,
’ surrender at Yorktown
, this newspaper offers coverage which equals the American newspaper accounts. In fact many British reports were taken verbatim from American newspapers. Of equal quality in report news of the day was the “Edinburgh Evening Courant
” from Scotland as I have found all events of the Revolutionary War to be reported in this title as well. Other UK titles which covered the war include “The Glocester Journal
”, “Aris’s Birmingham Gazette
”, the “Edinburgh Advertiser
” and the “Glasgow Mercury
” to name a few.
But perhaps the best and most available title of the Revolutionary War period would be the “Gentleman’s Magazine
” from London, it having a long printing history from 1731 to the 20th
century so it encompasses not just the Revolutionary War in great detail by the entire scope of American history. As an added treat this title typically included one of more plates within each issue, which included maps as well. And during the years of the Revolutionary War
were found many maps of American colonies
, battle sites as well as large foldout maps showing the entire scope of the united colonies at that time. The maps
alone have found a keen interest among collectors, separate from the issues in which they were stored for over 200 years. As is true with the British titles mentioned, “Gentleman’s
” included all notable events and documents, including the Articles of Confederation
, the Causes and Necessity For Taking Up Arms, all major battles of the war thru the treaty between Washington
, and even the document by King George III
which officially ended the war. And all the major names of the war from both the British and American sides have found their way into the pages of “Gentleman’s Magazine
American titles are available as well. Some of the more rare would be those from the South which are virtually impossible to find, and when they do surface their prices are beyond the means of most collectors. Some of the more commonly found titles would be the “Pennsylvania Evening Post
” from Philadelphia, the “Pennsylvania Ledger
” “Boston Gazette
” (which featured an engraving by Paul Revere
in the masthead), “The Pennsylvania Gazette
” and “Pennsylvania Packet
” among others. And dipping back a few years before the outbreak of the war, when tensions were building with much evidence in the newspapers of the day, the “Pennsylvania Chronicle
” and the “Boston Chronicle
” offer excellent insight into events of the day from the years 1767-1769 for under $200 for most issues.
Regardless of your interest in the Revolutionary War
, whether it be the famous names that came to prominence, the battles of the war, or a focus on a singular event or locality, genuine newspapers of the day are available for the collector. It is a hobby with limitless possibilities, and offers a unique opportunity to literally hold history in your hands.
March 25, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
A genuine collectible, over 300 years old, for $60 or less
. Is there a field of collecting today which has items of such age-- in nice condition--for $60? The hobby of collecting rare & historic newspapers likely sits at the top of what must
be a very short list. And such prices, along with tremendous availability of titles & content, are part of the intrigue of this fascinating hobby which remains unknown to almost everyone. And this, in large part, is the reason prices are outrageously low in comparison to the relative rarity of other collectibles. While issues do run the gamut price-wise from newsbooks
(at the upper end) to coffeehouse newspapers
(typically at the lower end), it is a fascinating field for the historical hobbyist on a budget ($20 and under
The 'London Gazette
' is the world's oldest continually published newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still publishing today. With such historical depth you would expect to find virtually every major event in world history within its pages, and you would be right. The Great Plague
and Great London Fire
, William Penn
being granted land in the New World, the death of noted pirate Captain Kidd
, the battles of the French & Indian War
and Revolutionary War
and so much more are found in not only this title but other newspapers of the era. First reports of such notable events can sell in the thousands of dollars, but an interesting facet of this hobby is that follow-up reports of a few days later can fall well within the comfort level of the average collector.
Both age and graphic appeal come together in the London 'Post-Boy
' newspaper, with issues from the 1718-1725 period featuring two ornate engravings in the masthead in addition to a very decorative first letter of the text. Add to this the relative small size of this single sheet newspaper and you have a terrific item for display for under $55.
With American newspapers not beginning until the first decade of the 18th century (one title was published in 1690 but lasted just one day), and most American newspapers through the Revolutionary War
being very rare, British titles are an excellent source for collecting all the notable events not only in American history, but in world history as well. And the reporting was often extensive, for remember that the colonies
were part of Great Britain through 1776.
The ‘London Chronicle
’ was a popular British newspaper which documented amongst its pages virtually all American events since its founding during the French & Indian War
. Yet another periodical, the 'Gentleman's Magazine
', is an
excellent source for period reports of American events since its beginning in 1731, and one of its features was the printing of maps of all corners of the globe, many of which show North America and specific colonies. From James Oglethorpe's settling the colony
of Georgia, to Ben Franklin's
famous kite experiment, installation of the Liberty Bell, the enactment & repeal of the hated Stamp Act, all events of the Revolutionary War
, to the mutiny on the Bounty & so much more, the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine
’ offers a terrific repository of American and world history at very affordable prices. Plus, there are reports of Colonel George Washington
from 1754 when he was just 22 years old and relatively unknown, and for the music buffs there are works by the composers
Hayden, Handel, and death reports of Mozart and Beethoven within its pages. The early battles of Napoleon
& other European reports are logically found in this title as well.
While American newspapers of the Revolutionary War
and before are generally pricey, ranging in the $400 - $1000+ range, two notable exceptions exist being the ‘Boston Chronicle
’ and the ‘Pennsylvania Chronicle
’, both from the 1768-1769 years. Because their circulation was widespread they are among the more commonly held colonial titles by institutions, & consequently come on the market when libraries convert from hard copy to microfilm or digital. They detail the entire spectrum of American life from just before the Revolutionary War
while providing an interesting perspective on American politics during those critical years. Complete, genuine issues are typically available for under $200.
American newspapers from after the American Revolution
become more available and at dramatically lower prices while still containing a wealth of notable content on the founding years of the federal government. The ‘Pennsylvania Packet
’ of Philadelphia
was one of the more successful titles, and was the very first to print the Constitution of the United States
. While that issue, September 19, 1787, ranks well into six figures,
dates surrounding it are typically found in the $45 - $80 range and offer a perspective of life in the city where and when the Constitution
was being created. The ‘Columbian Centinel
’ from Boston
was perhaps the most successful title in 18th
century America and its pages document the complete scope of America politics and life from 1785 thru Washington’s election
to his death
just weeks before the end of the century.
century American titles which are within the budgets of even the most modest collectors are the ‘Connecticut Courant
’, ‘Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser
’, ‘Gazette of the United States
’, the ‘Massachusetts Spy
’, and ‘The Herald, A Gazette For The Country
’ and others. Nice issues from the formative years of the federal government can be had for under $50 each.
While first reports of the most historic events of the 17th
centuries will always command top dollar among the most savvy of collectors, the hobby of collecting rare newspapers offers a tremendous wealth of issues at surprisingly low prices, while at the same time offering fascinating content on life only known to others through history books. And this hobby is one that offers the entire spectrum of political, economic, and social history to every collector. What other hobby can make that claim? But perhaps most importantly, this hobby let’s you hold—quite literally—history in your hands.
February 15, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · 2 Comments
Additional recognition has been received for "Reporting the Revolutionary War
", by Todd Andrlik:
“Best American Revolution Book of 2012”
(February 5, 2013) NAPERVILLE, IL—Reporting the Revolutionary War claimed victory—as the best book of 2012 on the American Revolution!
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (ISBN: 9781402269677; November 1, 2012; $39.99 U.S.; History; Hard Cover) by Todd Andrlik is being awarded the annual prize of best American Revolution book by The New York Revolutionary War Round Table.
This great honor puts Andrlik in the prestigious company of previous winners, including Maya Jasanoff, professor of history at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, for her book, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World; Benjamin L. Carp, professor of history at Tufts University, for Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America; Mary Beth Norton of Cornell University; Charles Bracelen Flood; and Thomas Fleming.
“I’m grateful to the New York Revolutionary War Round Table and thrilled to join such an impressive list of past recipients,” said Andrlik. “I had the privilege of speaking at the Round Table in December and learned from its members just how much this book transcends normal history circles, appealing to both amateur and professional historians as well as casual history enthusiasts.”
The New York Revolutionary War Round Table was founded in 1958 and is now in its fifty-fifth year. It meets five times a year to hear a talk by an author of a new book on the Revolutionary War.
“Seldom, if ever, have we welcomed a book with more power to carry us back to the days of 1776 with such compelling authenticity,” said The New York Revolutionary War Round Table in its February 2013 newsletter announcing the honor...
By the way, this Best American Revolution Book of 2012 comes on the heels of Barnes & Noble naming it one of the Best Books of 2012. Good stuff.
Congratulations Todd... we're very proud of your accomplishment!
January 25, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
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December 21, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
As the so-called fiscal cliff rapidly approaches and political tension fills the air, let's take time to reflect on a time when unity of spirit &
purpose under the blessing of God were all we had going for us... and as time would quickly show, it was all that we needed. The September 3, 1777
issue of the Edinburgh Evening Currant, Scotland, contains George Washington's Manifesto of America
. As Tim Hughes describes it:
I'm not sure I've seen a newspaper from the UK so replete with American content than this one. One-third of the front page is taken up with the complete & lengthy text of: "The Manifesto of America, By George Washington, Esq., Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States, In answer to General Burgoyne's Proclamation". This document begins: "The associated armies of America act from the noblest motives, and for the purest purposes. Their 'common principle' is virtue, their 'common object' is Liberty!..." followed by a litany of eloquence which must be read. In the document he makes much reference to Christian values and the guidance of God, bits including: "...that the content has been made a foundation for the completed system of tyranny that ever God, in his displeasure, suffered for a time to be exercised over a forward & stubborn generation...Thus hath God, in his divine and just displeasure, suffered for a time, the exercise of the completest system of tyranny...In our consciousness of Christianity we pray, in all humility, for peace and good will among men, & invite all nations to mutual friendship and brotherly love. These truly Christian objects, we conceive, are to be attained only by Christian means..." and near the end: "...Its event we submit to Him, who speaks the fate of nations, in humble confidence, that as his omniscient eye taketh note even of the sparrow that falleth to the ground, so he will not withdraw his countenance from a people who humbly array themselves under his banner in defence of the noblest principles with which he hath adorned humanity." The document is signed in type: George Washington.
To view the entire content along with images, please go to: Washington's Manifesto
Reading the entire Manifesto of America will be worth your time!
December 14, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
A little more than a month ago we introduced Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News,
a new book by a collector friend Todd Andrlik. His endeavor, which tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of Rare Newspapers
, received national recognition through a recent interview on CNN. Please enjoy: History As It Happened
November 22, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
On this (American) day of thanksgiving
, it seems appropriate to reflect on such a day from the past through the eyes of those who were embarking on what may have been the most historic event in U.S. history - July 4, 1776. A special thanks is in order for our friends in Scotland who captured this significant moment on the pages of the Edinburgh Evening Courant, dated September 2, 1776
. Please enjoy:
October 29, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · 1 Comment
Two special events related to the Rare & Early Newspapers collectible are scheduled for this week:
1) A long time collector of historic newspapers, Todd Andrlik, has written a book which is sure to quickly become a classic within the hobby, "Reporting The Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News"
, which tells the story of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of the newspapers of the period. Todd used authentic newspapers from the period... putting into practice what has been stated many times at History's Newsstand: "History is never more fascinating than when it's read from the day it was 1st reported." The link below will take you to Amazon's "Look Inside" and will give you the opportunity to pre-order a copy through Wednesday, and direct order starting Thursday. Thanks Todd.
"Reporting The Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News"
2) "Newspapers that shaped the world..."
, a special edition catalog from Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers, is also scheduled to be released on Thursday, at 12:01 AM ET, on November 1, 2012. While the following link shows items from our previous catalog, as of 12:01, it will take you to the release of what may be our most notable catalog to-date.
"Newspapers that shaped the world..."
September 14, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
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