British Journalism and Ephemera Catalog

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A Visit to the Royal Mint
G4-003. PENNY MAGAZINE MONTHLY SUPPLEMENT, February 28, 1838. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at London, England] A fine engraving of the Tower Mint (see my scan) highlights this excellent issue of the fame weekly magazine, the earliest forerunner of the weekly illustrated press. The accompanying article tells of the new facility and its modern appointments. Nice numismatic history. Also in this article a feature on the detrimental effects of tight corsets on women's skeletal systems, with illustration, and more. Nice fine, from a volume. . . 9.95   View Detail Scan

Very Early Use of Actual Photographs as Periodical Illustrations
G4-006. [BOUND VOLUME] THE ORIENTAL SPORTING MAGAZINE. 12 ISSUES BOUND, January through December, 1872. [Complete issue of 608 pages, 8vo size, published at Calcutta, India, by Bose & Co.]
Two of the illustration plates appearing in this full bound year are actual albumen photographs, of two noted English sportsmen. The other illustrations, which depict racing horses and a sport pigeon, are the more usual mezzotint engravings. The standard photographic history references I have consulted attribute the first periodical use of an actual photograph to the STAR magazine, printed by British in Japan, in the issue of March, 1873, making this a most remarkable discovery. The content of the issues is on the sports of an English gentleman in India, racing, hunting, and so on, as well as other notes and comments of life in the Raj. My scan shows one of the albumen photos only.
Condition of this issue is very fine in library buckram . . . 250.00

Remarkable Irish History from the Young Ireland Rebellion
G4-005. [PAMPHLET]. An Accurate and Impartial Narrative of the Apprehension, Trial, and Execution... of Sir Edward William Crosbie, Bart., 1802. [Complete issue of xvi + 104 pages, size, published at Bath, by R. Cruttwell]
This excellent work tells the tale of a British officer executed during the Irish rebellion, for being too sympathetic to the United Irishman front. Several of its members are quoted in detail on the experiences with this apparently decent man. Considerable content eloquently defends his character and his actions. Touching item from a painful period of Irish history and an uncommon Provincial imprint.
Condition is bright very fine, bound in half morocco, later marbled boards, now detached. Ex-Lib, stamp on titlepage. . . . 95.00

A Rare Early View of Jamaica
B-009. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE PENNY MAGAZINE, September 26, 1835. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at London, by the S.D.U.K.]
A fine near-fullpage woodcut of the street scene on Harbour Street delightfully illustrates this fine feature article "Kingston, Jamaica", giving the history and current state of the city, whose population of 35,000 is said to be one-third slaves. Cover view depicts Castello Nuovo, in Naples. Fine magazine .
Condition of this issue is nice VF . . . 9.00

A Magnificent Coronation Broadside
B-013. [BROADSIDE] Ceremonies to be Observed at the Coronation of their Majesties... , [September 4], 1831. [Complete, singlesheet, extra large folio, 19" x 29" size, published at London, England by B. Hepner]
This superb broadside was issued in celebration of the Coronation of the new King William IV and his wife Adelaide at Westminster. Shown are the Royal couple in their splendid coronation robes, along with the Coronation chair, the jeweled crowns and other regalia of the ceremony, plus the great Royal Seal of England and the ubiquitous Order of the Garter. Full printed description of the ceremonies fills the lower half of this rare and unusual sheet. Superb display item. Extra domestic postage 3.00
Condition of this issue is very fine overall, margin slightly close lower right quadrant, small upper Left margin loss, couple of inches of very minor fold separation, couple of tiny ink spots. See scan. On the whole an extremely well preserved, as it is printed on very light tissue-like paper, which was commonly used for postersof this era. . . . 395.00

The King Is Dead - Long Live The Queen!
B-014. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE EDINBURGH GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, June 22, 1837. [Complete issue of 4 pages, quarto size, published at Edinburgh, Scotland, by William Lawrie]
From London comes the news, in large type on Page One, of the death of King William IV, beginning "It has pleased Almighty God to release from His sufferings our most Excellent and Gracious Sovereign ... His Majesty expired at twelve minutes past two o'clock A.M. this day [June 20]." Inside on page two is the full Proclamation "that the High and Mighty Princess Alexandrina Victoria is now... our only lawful and rightful Liege Lady, Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen" All pages are heavily ruled in black in the King's memory. Magnificent display issue, on the end of one brief unremarkable reign and the start of one of the most significant Queenships in world history.
Condition of this issue is very fine, partial red tax stamp, genuine "Tontine Coffee Room Glasgow" stamp. . . . 55.00

Very Early Australia - Where American Rebels' Slaves Ended Up
B4-016. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE WEEKLY ENTERTAINER, or AGREEABLE and INSTRUCTIVE REPOSITORY, August 27, 1804. [Complete original issue, 16 pages, octavo size, published at Sherborne, England, by Goadly and Company of Dorsetshire]
Frontpage article is headed "Account of the Present State of the Colony of Sierra Leone." During the War of Independence, the British had promised freedom to all American slaves who would come to their side, with repatriation to Africa, for which purpose they created the nation of Sierra Leone. In this four-page account we read of the "extreme wretchedness" of the colony at present, despite pouring hundreds of thousands of pounds into the colony. Disease and the geed of the native "African princes" are among the causes of the present distress. Most intriguing.
Also an interesting and historic account of Captain Flinder's voyage, the first to circumnavigate Australia, through Endeavour Straits and the Gulf of Carpenteria, his arrival at Port Jackson, now Sidney, quite early and detailed Australian history, 3pp. Uncommon western Provincial imprint, very popular in its day (it ran 1784 - 1824) but very few issues are still extant.
Condition of this issue is very fine . . . 25.00

A Poem to Boulton's Copper Coinage!
B4-031. [SINGLE ISSUE]. PENNY MAGAZINE, September 26, 1835. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at London, by the S.D.U.K.]
A fine feature article on "SOHO-BIRMINGHAM" has quite a lengthy account of Matthew Boulton and his mint there, tracing his start in the 1770s, up to today's prosperity, making coins and tokens, and supplying coin blanks worldwide (including those used in Philadelphia to strike U.S. large cents). There is a most amazing poem to the minter, in fine era style, saying in part Hard dies of steel the cuprous circles cramp / And with quick fall his Massy hammers stamp / The harp [on Irish coinage], the lily, and the lion join / And [King] George and Britain guard the splendid coin.." Nice item with a fine cover view of a quite-rural Soho. Also a feature on the use of tobacco, a visit to a coal mine, and comment on New-England.
Condition is very fine . . . 8.00

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