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Gazette de Leyde. - Nouvelles extraordinaires de divers endroits

With supplements].

      - [At end of each number:] Avec privilege de Nos Seigneurs les Etats de Hollande, & de West-Frise, a Leide, par Etienne Luzac 1756, 1757, 1758, 1759, 1760, 1761, 1763, 1771, 1772, 1773, 1783 & 1785. Together 12 volumes. 4to. Published twice-weekly, each issue 8 pages plus a supplement of another 8 pages. Fully collated, wanting: 1759, nr 40 supplement; 1763, nr 36; 1771, nr I-IX and nr LXXX supplement; 1783, nr 97. But for the last 2 volumes uncut, the first 7 volumes in contemporary marbled boards, backs with red label ('Gazette de Leide'), neatly removed library labels, the following 3 volumes in contemporary grey boards, the last 2 volumes in contemporary resp. recent calf-backed boards. Old library stamp on first issue of each year, cancelled on first paste-down; 1771 stained in the beginning, else remarkably bright and clean. Apparently folded when forwarded, now hardly visible. Printed in a small type on fine paper with narrow margins; documents, eye-witness accounts, etc. are printed in an even smaller type; the main parts printed in double columns, the supplements in a single column. An extremeley rare collection of 12 years of the most famous journal of the eighteenth century, including the supplements. This journal, usually known as Gazette de Leyde, was founded in 1677 by Jean Alexandre de la Font, since 1679 under the present title, and after his death continued by his son Antoine. In 1738 it was bought by Etienne Luzac who would continue it for over 60 years, since 1772 together with his cousin Jean Luzac, professor of law, history and Greek in Leyden. The fame of this journal rests upon the wealth of information delivered by a great number of correspondents in all major European cities as well as in Africa, America and Asia. It was the most trusted journal particularly during the last decades of the eighteenth century, widely read all over the world 'at the gates of the Seraglio and on the banks of the Ganges and copied from by almost all other newspaper editors'. Thomas Jefferson called it 'the best in Europe' and 'the only one worth reading' and it was said to be the only journal read by Louis XVI. The Gazette de Leyde is also of major importance for the history of America. Luzac was strongly attached to the American cause and corresponded with leading men of the revolution like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Almost all issues include news from or relating to the United States, Canada and the West Indies, often with long quotations from eye-witness accounts, speeches, documents, etc. Though sympathising with the patriotic party in Holland the journal was forbidden in 1798, but reappeared under the title Nouvelles politiques publiees a Leyde, since 1804 as Journal politique publie a Leyde. Dutch libraries have runs from 1739-1789 (NHSM), 1760-1798 (UVA and KHA), 1764-98 (KB), 1748- 1751 and 1763-1798 (Jutters) and 1750-1798 (UBL), other libraries have some odd years mostly after 1780 only. BNF has 1681 to 1699 and 1759 to 1810, other French libraries have shorter runs or odd volumes mostly after 1760. It is not clear whether these holdings include the supplements. *Hatin p.85. Muller 613 (1778-97) and 1599 (1765-82). Sabin quotes this garbled, but adds Muller's note to stress the importance. At length: J.D.Popkin, News and politics in the age of revolution: Jean Luzac's Gazette de Leyde, 1989. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Matthys de Jongh]
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