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The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 1803 - 1804 Volume 1

March 5th, 1803 - February 26th, 1804. Copy 19 of rare limited edition of 100 copies

Author: George Howe

Publisher: The Trustees of The Public Library of New South Wales

Publisher's Location: Sydney

Publication Date: 1899

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No Author Listed: The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 1803 - 1804 Volume 1, March 5th, 1803 - February 26th, 1804. Reproduced by Authority of The Trustees of The Public Library of New South Wales by Angus & Robertson, 1899. Copy 19 of rare limited edition of 100 copies of the first newspaper printed in Australia.

The Sydney Gazette was the first newspaper in Australia. Governor King authorised the publication of what was initially called 'The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser in 1803. Subsequently the first edition was published 5 March. The paper was issued weekly; the content was mostly government-issued official notices dealing with the import of spirits and General Orders regulating boats’ cargoes. The heavily censored paper's masthead carried the imprimatur Published by Authority. In 1825 the paper became bi-weekly, and by 1831 the 'Sydney Gazette' was available three times a week.

The Gazette first took the form of a single sheet folded to four pages of foolscap size, each page typeset in three columns. It was printed with use of a small wooden printing press brought out aboard one of the First Fleet ships. There were 300 subscribers at sixpence a copy in the first years of publication.

Two additional editions of this have subsequently been printed, hoever, the one offered here is the original limited edition 1899 version.

The paper's original publisher, editor, typesetter and printer was George Howe, who had been transported to Sydney for shoplifting in 1800. After Howe's death in 1821, the Gazette was published by his son Robert until he drowned in a boating incident in Sydney Harbour in 1829. Publication of the printing business passed onto his apprentice Horatio Wills. The paper ceased publication on 20 October 1842.


The Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales were active from as early as 1870 in the preservation of books and manuscripts relating to Australia, producing a number of limited editions of various records.

Hardcover (Quarter Leather).  Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Size: Quarto. Heavy wear to the spine and leather corners.
 

Unpaginated  (212 pages). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Moderately foxed throughout. Edges grayed with dust marks. Tape repair to full title page. Tail of page edges uncut; minor foxing and browning to edges of pages
 

Category: Reference; Australia; 19th century; ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 50011.

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