Sep 29, 2022 - Sale 2615

Sale 2615 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 531
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1775.) Samuel Stearns. The North-American's Almanack, and Gentleman's and Lady's Diary, for . . . 1776. [24] pages. 12mo, stitched; uncut, foxing and dampstaining, moderate wear, final leaf defective with loss of perhaps 5% of the text. Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, et al., [1775]

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Issued during the Siege of Boston, this almanac features William Gordon's "An Account of the Commencement of Hostilities between Great-Britain and America, in the Province of Massachusetts-Bay," which runs over each of the 12 monthly calendar pages in sequence. It also includes an eyewitness account of the Battle of Lexington, quoted at length in Sagendorph's America and Her Almanacs, 89-93 as "the most striking example of this kind of on-the-spot reporting." After that can be found "Sir Richard Rum's Advice to the Soldiers and Others" and "Directions for Preserving the Health of the Soldiers in the Camps." The almanac makes a prophetic prediction for the 4th of July: "Thunder." Drake 3260; Evans 14473; Sabin 90943.