Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 7

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(ALMANACS.) Collection of Boston-area almanacs covering 56 consecutive years. 56 volumes, all 12mo, disbound; various conditions but generally some wear and/or dampstaining, a few marginal inscriptions, with the 1782 lacking the title page. Not collated. Boston and elsewhere, [1740-95]

Additional Details

A consecutive run of almanacs by various publishers. All but two of the pre-revolutionary issues are "An Astronomical Diary, or an Almanack" by Nathaniel Ames. Nathanael Low's almanacs for 1765, 1772, 1775-77, 1781, 1784, 1786-87, and 1792 are included, as well as Daniel George's for 1778-80, the Farmer's Almanac issued by Robert B. Thomas for 1794 and 1796, and various others covering the post-revolutionary years. All are printed in Boston with the exception of three issued in Newburyport and a 1764 Ames almanac printed in Portsmouth, NH.
Highlights include: 1766 Ames almanac with a woodcut of an eclipse by Paul Revere per Brigham, pages 198 and 200 (leaf defective but illustration untouched) 1771 Ames almanac featuring the first appearance of Benjamin Franklin's satirical "Epitaph on Himself" Low's 1775 almanac with a title-page engraving titled "The Virtuous Patriot at the Hour of Death" and Low's patriotic "Address to the Inhabitants of Boston" Low's 1776 almanac featuring his long "Address to the Soldiers of the American Army" and Low's 1777 almanac featuring a full-page map of the New York City area, "A View of the Present Seat of War, at and near New-York." A complete listing is available upon request.