Glasgow newspaper front page from 1789 set to fetch £5,000 on eBay

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The front page of a late 18th century Glasgow newspaper has gone up for sale on Ebay – and could fetch over £5,000.

The newspaper in question is the Glasgow Advertiser (and Evening Intelligencer), which was founded in 1783 as a weekly publication and became the Glasgow Herald.

What’s special about the front page, published on Monday, July 6, 1789, is that it contains George Washington’s first full inaugural address, which he delivered to both houses of Congress a week before, on April 30, 1789.

The seller notes that the item offers potential buyers the opportunity to own “an incredibly rare piece of history”, noting that the front page of Glasgow Advertiser is “the only European newspaper I can find that devotes this level of space at the address”.

It may even be “the first time” that the speech was printed in Europe, adds the seller.

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The full description of the sale reads: “The sale is a fantastic piece of history. George Washington’s first full inaugural address has been printed on the entire front page (except for a small text of presentation at the bottom of the third column after the speech) from the Glasgow Advertiser. Published July 6, 1789 for the issue of the Glasgow Advertiser from Monday July 6 to Friday July 10, 1789. Signed G Washington in the print.

“The address is the entire front page of the newspaper and it is the only European newspaper I can find that devotes this level of space to the address. Washington gave the speech on April 30, 1789. The speech must then have boarding a ship and was printed when the ships arrived in Glasgow This is not the first time the speech has been printed as several American newspapers have published it in full, but it may be being the first time it is printed in Europe.

“The paper is framed with two sides of glass showing the front and back page. The paper is not complete as the middle pages are missing. Overall in good condition. A few small chips and tears. Especially on the crease level.Darkening and discoloration to paper.See photos for a clear picture of staining.Back page that is visible is mostly advertisements.

“An incredibly rare piece of history.”

The listing has a “Buy Now” price of US$7,250 attached to it – the equivalent of £5,487.

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