THE GREAT PLAGUE! MANY MORE DEATHS EXPECTED
August 25, 1664
This extremely rare newsbook (precursor to the first newspapers) contains a fascinating report from Holland on the progress of the Great Plague raging in England and on the European Continent. In part, “The States have made the best provision they can to hinder the further spreading and increase of the Plague, by appointing Orders to be observed upon strict penalties in all cases of Danger and Inconvenience, and likewise by advising with Physicians, and furnishing all Infected Towns with Antidotes….but this is all too little where God has decreed a Judgement upon a People….” and much more including a “Quarantaine” upon our goods and services…” as other nations stopped trade with “infected countries,” and even within the borders of a single nation. Several other news reports refer to the Plague as well. The rat-borne Plague decimated the population of Europe.
8 pp., in very fine condition printed on high quality rag paper. Pages have come loose from the spine (normal). Boldly printed and just a lovely newsbook. These publications have become nearly impossible to locate – a must for any serious early newspaper collection. See the scans!