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(WASHINGTON.) Benjamin West. Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack, for the Year of our Redemption, 1778. Woodcut cover portraits of Generals Washington and Gates, 12 additional illustrations heading the monthly almanac pages.  pages, interleaved with 7 manuscript leaves. 12mo, disbound; moderate soiling to title page and final pages, minimal dampstaining toward rear, a few manuscript notes in margins, edge wear throughout with slight loss of text in imprint lines, small hole through final 2 leaves. Danvers, MA: E. Russell, 
"A very early, if not the first, attempt to depict Washington in the medium of the woodcut"--Hamilton 82. While the Gates portrait bears some resemblance to other known portraits, the source material for the Washington portrait is unknown. Printed among the usual almanac frivolities is a patriotic poem, "A Farewell to Boston, or a Few Scattered Thoughts by a Young Lady on her Embarking on Board the Ship Symmetry, December 8, 1775, in Order to Quit that Capital." Cresswell 209; Drake 3274; Evans 15705; Wick 1 ("the first known American print of George Washington").
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