10 8. XII. SEPT. 25, 1909.] NOTES AND QUERIES,
A free translation is attempted : Nitra, our own Nitra, Slovak mother dear, As we gaze upon thee, sadly falls a tear. Thou wast once the chief and centre of all the
Where Vistula, Morava, and Danube roll in pride. At thee his Court King Svatopluk in ancient
When with mighty hand that monarch o'er a famous kingdom reigned.
FRANCIS P. MARCHANT. Streatham Common.
NEWSPAPERS IN 1680.
INFORMATION as to the earlier race of newspapers is so scarce that I hope the pages of ' N. & Q.' may be open to some particulars as to those of the year 1680. This will involve a lengthy quotation from " A Con- tinuation of the Compleat Catalogue of Stitch'd Books and Single Sheets, &c., printed since the first discovery of the Popish Plot, September, 1678. From the 1st of January, 1679/80, to the 25th of June, 1680 (London : Printed and are to be sold at the Green Dragon in St. Paul's Church-yard, where is to be had a compleat catalogue of all printed since the Plot. 1680)." The dates and spelling in the following list are given as in the original.
There was then no English daily paper in existence. Nineteen weekly and bi-weekly papers are enumerated, but of these thirteen had ceased to be. The death-rate was certainly high. WILLIAM E. A. AXON.
1. The London Gazette, by Tho. Newcomb, twice a Week, Mondays and Thursdays, in half a Sheet of paper, begun with Number 1, 13 Nov., 1665, and so it continues.
2. The true Protestant Domestick Intelligence, or News from City and Country, by Ben Harris, begun Numb. 1, July 9, 1679, in half a Sheet, came out twice a Week, Tuesdays and Fridays, and so con- tinued to Numb. 82, April 16, 1680, and then left off.
3. The true Domestick Intelligence, by Nathan Thompson, begun at Numb. 16, Aug. 29J 1679, in half a Sheet, and came out twice a Week, Tuesdays and Frydays, and so continued to Numb. 90, May 14, 1680, and then left off.
4. Poor Robin's Intelligence revived, in half a Sheet, begun Numb. 1, Sept. 4, 1679, came out every Wednesday, and so continued to Numb. 38, May 12, 1680, and then left off.
5. Mercurius Anglicus, &c., by Robert Hartford, began 13 Nov., 1679, came out Wednesdays and Saturdays, in half a Sheet, and so continued to Numb. 51, May 15, 1680, and then left off.
6. Haerlem Courant, translated into English, sold at the Ship in St. Paul's Church-yard ; came out in half a Sheet of Paper, but at no certain time ; it begun at the beginning of January, and so con- tinued to Numb. 11, Feb. 19, and then left off.
7. Smith's Currant Intelligence, came out twice a Week, Saturdays and Tuesdays ; begun Numb. 1, Feb. 14, 1679/80, and so continued to Numb. 24, May 4, 1680, and then left off.
8. Catholick Intelligence, or Infallible News Domestick and Foreign, printed for J. How, came out every Monday, begun Numb. 1, March 1, 1679/80, so continued to Numb. 5, March 29, 16*0, and then left off.
9. Mercurius Infernus, or News from the Other World, printed for John Marlow, came out every Thursday, begun Numb. 1, 4 March, 1679/80, and continued to Numb. 4, 25 March, 1680, and then left off.
10. Bank's Currant Intelligence, came out once a. Week every Saturday, begun Numb. 1, March 16, 1679/80, and continued to Numb. 4, April 3, 1680,, and then left off.
11. The Loyal Intelligence, or News from City and Country, begun Numb. 1, March 9, 1679/80, ana continued to Numb. 3, March 31, 1680.
12. Mercurius Civicus, or a true account of Affairs Domestick and Foreign, by R. E., begun Numb. 1, 22 March, 1679-80; it came out no- certain day, continued to Numb. 14, May 6, 1680, and then left off.
13. Mercurius Librarius, or a faithful account of all Books and Pamphlets, came out in half a Sheet once a week on Friday, begun Numb. 1, 16 April,. 1680, and so continued to Numb. 3, April 29, 1680, and then left off.
14. The true Protestant Domestick Intelligence,, came out twice a Week, every Fryday and Tuesday,, in half a Sheet of Paper, begun when Harris's In- telligence left off with Numb. 1, April 23, 1680, w> continued to Numb. 7, May 14, 1680, and then left off.
15. Mercurius Civicus, or the City Mercury, came- out every Thursday, in half a Sheet of Paper, begun Numb. 241, May 12, 1680, and so continues 1680.
16. Rotterdam Courant, translated into English, for Benjamin Harris, came out but once, June 4,. 1680, in half a sheet of Paper.
1. The Weekly Bill of Mortality, in a quarter of; Paper, once a week, every Thursday, and so con- tinues.
2. The City Mercury, in a quarter of Paper, came; out every Thursday, but left off at Numb. 226, March 24, 1679/80.
3. The Weekly Packet of Advice from Rome, &c., by Mr. Henry Care, began Decemb. 3, 1678, in a Sheet of Paper, comes out every Fryday, and continues now m the third Volume.
FATJSTI VERANTII ' NOV^E MACHINE.' The title-page of this book has greatly puzzled bibliographers. It has no date, and the author's name is given as " Faustus Verantius Sicenus." The date usually guessed at i. f j 1617 ; in the British Museum Catalogue it is, I believe, given as " circa 1620."
Faustus Verantius was a well-known author. In 1595 he published in Venice a ' Dictionarium Quinque Linguarum ' ; in. Rome in 1606 the life of a Southern-Slav worthy ; and again in Venice, in 1616, a*
- Logica Nova/ On the title-pages of these: