Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
(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. [24] 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, [1777]

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"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").