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Original or Reprint? A Guide to Noteworthy Newspaper Issues

London Times

June 22, 1815

The June 22, 1815 issue of The Times (London) is "Number 9554." On the third page is news of Wellington's victory at Waterloo, and for this reason the issue has been reprinted. Originals and reprints are easily distinguished from each other by the following:

  • The original has four pages of five columns each, the type on the page measuring 20 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches. The reprint has four pages of four columns each, the type on the page measuring 15 1/8 x 10 3/16 inches.
  • Much of the content of the original is omitted from the reprint and replaced by Wellington's report of the battle headed "London Gazette Extraordinary. Thursday, June 22, 1815," and a list of the "British Officers Killed and Wounded." Both of these items were reprinted from the June 23, 1815 issue of The Times.

There are reported to be several variations of the reprint. Such reprints have little monetary value.

Source: Information Circular 18 (Revised 1957).

Library Holdings

The Library of Congress has both an original and a reprint (online catalog record).