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Thompson, I[saac] & [Slack, Thomas].
Printer’s file copy with extensive annotation. The Newcastle Journal [No. 1180-1231, 52 issues complete].
Publisher: I. Thompson, Esq. and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne;
Date of Publication: 1762
Stock Code: 8269
Complete run of the newspaper for the year 1762 in 52 issues, from Issue 1180 Saturday December 26th 1761-Saturday January 2nd 1762, to Issue 1231 Friday December 24th - Friday December 31st 1762 inclusive. Folio, each Issue pp. [4] so [208] in total, printed in 3 columns per page. Decorative Newcastle Journal angel imprint with town crest to each issue, plus numerous small vignettes to advertisements etc. Later brown quarter cloth with paper-covered boards. Boards soiled and toned, with wear to edge and marks where corners (presumably of a previous leather binding) have been removed. Each copy stamped to front with the red duty stamp; some finger-marking, and creasing from historic folding; issues 1215 and 1221 each have part of a single column clipped out. Extensive annotation in printer Thomas Slack’s hand, mainly to advertisements, with instructions for renewal or removal in subsequent issues, in some cases with his initials. A Very Good copy.
The Newcastle Journal was a weekly newspaper founded by Thompson with printer William Cuthbert in 1739, which ran until 1788 with a wide regional circulation, in competition with rival publications the Newcastle Advertiser and Newcastle Courant. The paper aimed to be politically impartial, and as well as national and international current affairs, it featured local news and advertisements. By 1762, Thomas Slack was Thompson’s printer, who during the following year left The Journal to found a new periodical, The Newcastle Chronicle, which is still in publication today as the tabloid Evening Chronicle and remains the principal news-sheet for the town .
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