Item #3756 The London Gazette ; Published by Authority. Stated, s.
The London Gazette ; Published by Authority
The London Gazette ; Published by Authority
The London Gazette ; Published by Authority

The London Gazette ; Published by Authority

London: 1692. First Edition, First Printing. Newspaper: No Binding. A Very Good example of The London Gazette (apparently removed from a larger volume), published for Monday, February 6 to Thursday February 9 1692 containing information on the Norfolk Circuit for "this Lent Affize", together with multiple notices regarding the Pope as well as news about Milan, Genoa, Venice, Lithuania, Vienna, Hydelberg, Cologne, Paris, Bruffels, Hague, Plimouth, Yarmouth, and Their Magesties Goal of Newgate (about the imprisonment of one of the Highway-men sought for their crime stating: "There is now in Their Magesties Goal of Newgate, one Nich. Charleton, who is one to the Highway-men that fet upon Mr. Lambe near Acton, the 21ft of January laft. with one Keeling, that was killed upon the place, and three more not yet Taken. The faid Charleton is fuppofed to have been in feveral Robberies, in Company of the faid Keeling and others, and is a middle fized Man, round Faced, black Eyes, of a ruddy Complexion, ufually war a dark brown Wig, and then rode upon a dark brown Horfe or Mare : If any Perfon can difcover any of the three persons not yet Taken, they shall have the reward of 10 l. for each Perfon paid by the faid Mr. Lambe (upon Confiction) befides the Benefit of Their Magjesfies Gracious Declaration." This issue contains a section of advertisements, including the earliest LOST DOG advertisement we ever have seen. The Advertisement states: "Loft on the 19th January laft, from St. Johns's, a fmall Lap-Spaniel, about 6 months old, with a red and white Head, long red Shag Ears, his Nofe turning up, his Body and Legs with fmall red fpots, with a large red fpot on the hinder part of his back, having on 2 Silver Bells, w th a Hair colour'd Ribbon. Whoever brings him to Mr. Jofiah Pearfon, a Smith, at the Sign of the Lock and Key, within the Arch at St. John's, fhall have one Guinea.


A complete original issue of The London Gazette (Febuary 6th to February 9th, 1692) featuring one of the earliest lost dog advertisements describing an original Blenheim-style King Charles Spaniel. The newspaper was published on a two-sided double-column single 11" x 7" sheet and the advertisement appears in the bottom of the left-hand column on the second page.

Up until Charles II, toy spaniels were black and tan, but we know that other colors did come along, and this is the tale about the Blenheim.

John Churchill, a famous soldier and diplomat, was made an earl in 1689, and thirteen years later, he became the first Duke of Marlborough. He was gifted an estate built by the English Parliament which he named Blenheim in honor of his victory at the battle of Blenheim, and it would become the family seat of the Marlboroughs. Today, the estate is regarded as the finest example of truly Baroque architecture in Great Britain. There, the Duke and his wife kept red and white King Charles type spaniels, and many were used for hunting, dogs the duke had recorded as being able to keep up with a trotting horse. There’s a bit more to the story.

During the early part of the 18th century, the Duke received as a gift from China a pair of red and white Cocker Spaniels, dogs that would be the foundation of his subsequent breedings (and the predecessors to the Cavalier and English Toy). We know this by the notes left behind by Edward C. Ash. Over time, the dogs would be crossed with Cockers and Springers which intensified sporting instincts still seen in those breeds today. The dukes of Marlborough bred these red and white dogs, the Blenheim variety, for generations, and in 1800, Sir Walter Scott himself said that the Duke of Marlborough’s Blenheims were the smallest and best cockers in England.

Because of this influence, the red and white variety of the King Charles Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel became known as the Blenheim. Very good. Item #3756

Price: $175.00

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