Illuminated Manuscript and Incunabula Leaf Catalog

Presented for sale by Phil Barber, Cambridge, Mass. 02139 Telephone (617) 492-4653
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 Newspapers Introductory Catalog, Modern Times

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No president should fear public scrutiny of his program, for from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition; and both are necessary. . . . Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive....Im not asking your newspapers to support an administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, for I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed. -President John F. Kennedy, speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association, 1961

About This Era and its Newspapers
This catalog contains a selection of modern (post-1910) American newspapers. They are in superior condition to old papers that are usually encountered from this era of high-sulfite woodpulp paper. They are essentially the same in appearance as today's newspapers, and they are delightful mirrors of their times. On every page is reflected the culture and values of theses times gone by -not really so very long ago- whose values and beliefs are now history. All the papers are filled with the latest news of the day, both national and local, as well as international. They feature articles of all kinds and many big illustrated advertisements for the ordinary necessities and luxuries of everyday life in that long-vanished America. Plus there are sports, comics, etc. as noted in the individual descriptions.

Please note that I do not stock 20th century newspapers unless they have special historical or collectible significance. I cannot supply "birthday newspapers", that is, issues of specific dates and/or titles of newspapers printed after about 1900 simply because my inventory, no matter how extensive, can never represent more than a very small percentage of the millions of newspapers that were originally printed.
I also have serious ethical reservations about the appropriateness of newspapers for this purpose. I refer you to the article "Deadline", in the July 24, 2000 issue of The New Yorker, which discusses the ongoing problem of how irreplaceable archives of modern newspapers have been dismembered for the purpose of marketing individual issues for birthday gifts - often at many times their actual value as legitimate collectors' items.

About The Catalog Listings
All items in this catalog are unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine and accurately described. Any item may be returned within seven days of receipt for a full refund. No reason for return is ever required.They are in fine used condition and are complete with all pages as issued. All papers are free of damage or objectionable defects. We are sure you will be delighted with their exceptional state of preservation. We purchase only the finest condition newspapers that can be found to offer to our valued friends and customers.

These are the finest quality original antique newspapers and magazines, that you might find elsewhere priced at much greater cost. It has always been my policy to present my catalog items at "wholesale to the public" prices. Therefore all catalog items and quoted prices are net, and are not subject to further discount, either for dealers or in consideration of quantity orders. It is our policy to price our items based on what we believe to be their fair market value. I do not set prices at absurdly inflated levels to take advantage of novices or "investors"; nor do employ the common ploy of starting with an unrealistically high price in order to "negotiate" a phony discount later. As over a third of our catalog orders are from dealers buying for resale, at our stated prices, we have every confidence that this policy maintains an ethical standard of integrity and fairness to all.

Newspapers are full folio size unless described as quarto (abbreviated 4to) or octavo (8vo), which are respectively smaller in format. Most newspapers have been removed from bound volumes and may exhibit characteristic minor spine weakness or separation without significant paper loss. Illustrations are provided of a number of items (more will be added), depicting as much of them as can be shown with my 8 1/2" x 11" scanner. To access the pictures, click on the highlighted link that follows the catalog listing. When done viewing, select the "Back" button in your browser to return to this page.

Each catalog entry is briefly described for its general appearance, historical significance, and content. Every one contains hours of historic reading and insights into the world preserved on its pages, much more than I could find the space to describe here. The exact dates that you will receive will be of my choice within the years listed. There is a good supply of different dates in stock of each title, so you may order multiples of each listing with confidence; all different dates will be provided. Catalog prices are per single issue.

I cannot honor requests for specific dates or special historic content at these low "type issue" prices but we will be pleased to receive your want lists for such items.

Your comments are always welcome, as are your inquiries, if you have questions about these historic collectibles. We value our customers, and appreciate the confidence you place in us when ordering from our on line catalogs. We strive to merit your patronage and to enrich your collecting experience through accurate, knowledgeable descriptions, honest pricing, courteous service, and timely order filling. Enjoy your browsing!

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How to Order from This Catalog

Because catalog items tend to sell quickly, we ask that you e-mail your order to us to confirm availability before you send payment. To reserve a catalog item, please enter the quantity you want in the "Order Quantity" box (where available; some listings are one of a kind and do not have this option) and press the "Add to Cart" button. You will then see your "shopping basket" and its contents and total. You may remove selected items at any time, and use your browser's "Forward" button to view the cart page whenever you wish. When you fill out and submit the Checkout page, your order will be sent to me. As soon as I receive your order, I will confirm the availability of your selections via return e-mail, with your invoice for the total amount due. We will reserve your confirmed selection(s) for seven days for receipt of your mailed payment.

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Please note that some of the newspapers and magazines in this catalog have an additional shipping charge of 80 per issue. This is regrettably necessary because of their large size and weight, and due to the recent substantial increases in mailing costs.

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