Not as well known today as pirates, highwayman were as celebrated and reviled in different parts of society as much piracy was. Highwayman were mounted thieves and brigands who preyed on rich travelers, usually travelling in a coach, highwaymen were a constant problem from the 16th century to early 19th century. The first use of the term highwayman dates from the early 17th century, the same period where the famous highwayman demand to ‘Stand and deliver!’ also originates. Other terms used for highwayman include ‘knights of the road’ and ‘gentlemen of the road’, alluding to their romanticisation as popular folk hero’, Read’s Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer was a London newspaper from 1730 – 1761. The text is historically accurate; however the image accompanying the text was not an original part of the newspaper, as pictorial newspapers were not available until the latter half of the 19th century.
Read’s Weekly Journal. Highwaymen News 1730.
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced. Size 8.5" x 11". Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet.