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    [Benjamin Franklin] The Pennsylvania Gazette, September 6, 1764, Number 1863. 6pp. 10" x 15.5". Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall. "The Universal Instructor in All Arts and Sciences and Pennsylvania Gazette" was the original name of a newspaper which Samuel Keimer started in Philadelphia in 1723. Following Samuel Keimer's bankruptcy in 1729, Benjamin Franklin took over the newspaper, renamed it The Pennsylvania Gazette, and made it one of the most prominent and important newspapers in all the American colonies. Franklin not only printed the paper but also often contributed pieces under aliases. The Gazette printed local news, extracts from the London newspaper The Spectator, jokes, verses, humorous attacks on a rival paper, The Mercury, moral essays by Franklin, elaborate hoaxes, and political satire. Often Franklin wrote and printed letters to himself, either to emphasize some truth or to ridicule some mythical but typical reader.

    This issue of the Gazette contains numerous advertisements for such things as land sales, lost and found livestock, houses for rent, employment offers/help wanted, runaway servants, prisoner escapes, the sale of Negro slaves, political notices, reports of thefts and of difficulties with local Indians, death notices, and much more. In addition, the paper contains news briefs from around the world, letters to the editor, and an interesting ad promoting a "House of Entertainment...very convenient for Seafaring Gentlemen as well as other Travelling Gentlemen... providing Things agreeable and convenient..." Paper is in remarkable condition, with minor age toning and slight wear. Disbound from a larger tome. Fine condition.

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