Eleven (11) Rev. War Era Almanacs, including West, Stafford, George. Octavo, self wrappers, stitched, approx. 22-24 double-sided pages. 1st-2nd items: THE NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR LADY'S AND GENTLEMAN'S DIARY, FOR THE YEAR(S) OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1777 AND 1778 by Benjamin West (1730-1813), printed and sold by John Carter, Providence. 1777 edition includes 23 double sided pages of FREEBETTER'S NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR 1776, featuring a woodcut reprint of The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught satirical cartoon on the fragmentary front leaf. 6 3/4" H x 4 1/2" W. 3rd-4th items: STAFFORD'S CONNECTICUT ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1779 and STAFFORD'S ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1784 by Nehemiah Strong (1729-1807) under the pseudonym Hosea Stafford, printed and (s)old by Thomas and Samuel Green, New Haven. Almanacks approx. 7" H x 4 1/4" W. 5th item: AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1783 by Daniel George (fl. 1776-1787), printed and sold by John Mycall, Newbury-Port. 7 1/2" H x 4 3/4" W. 6th item: AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY, OR ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF CHRISTIAN AERA 1780 by Dr. Nathanael Low (1740-1808), printed by John Gill and T. and J. Fleet, Boston. Includes woodcut of A Type of a Lunar Eclipse, November 11, 1780, on title leaf with Eclipses for the Year 1780, on the following page. 6 3/4" H x 4 1/2" W. 7th item: THE NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK; AND GENTLEMAN'S AND LADY'S DIARY, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1777 by Nathan Daboll (1750-1818) under the pseudonym Edmund Freebetter, printed and sold by Thomas Green, New-London. 6 3/4" H x 4 3/8" W. 8th-9th items: THOMAS'S MA(S)(S)ACHU(S)ETTS, NEW-HAMP(S)HIRE AND CONNECTICUT ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRI(S)T 1781 and THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT , RHODE-ISLAND, NEW-HAMPSHIRE, AND VERMONT ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1782 written, printed, and (sold) by Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831), Worchester. Almanacks approx. 7" H x 4 1/2" W. 10th-11th items: BICKERSTAFF'S NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR, LADY'S AND GENTLEMAN'S DIARY, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1781 and THE NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR, LADY'S AND GENTLEMAN'S DIARY, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1782 possibly by Nathan Daboll (1750-1818) under the common pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff, E(s)q., printed and sold by John Carter, Providence. Almanacks approx. 7 1/4" H x 4 3/4" W. Private Knoxville, TN collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)
Overall good condition. Toning, dampstaining, foxing spots, personal inscriptions, ink spots, tears, to be expected from age. Almanacks intact apart from few exceptions, see following condition reports. 1st-2nd items: November calendar page to final leaf in torn condition, Freebetter leaves in torn, fragmentary condition, majority of woodcut visible, 5" x 2" tear, right edge, 1777 edition. Majority of stitching missing, leaves otherwise intact, 1778 edition. 3rd-4th items: Lower portion of stitching missing, 1779 edition. Last two leaves separated from otherwise intact stitching, old masking tape repairs, left edges of loose leaves, 1784 edition. 5th item: Old addition of front and final covers with brown stitching, stitching otherwise intact with original and added brown stitching. 6th item: Top and lower portions of stitching missing. 7th item: 5 1/2" tear, fourth to last leaf. Small top and lower portions of stitching missing, otherwise intact. 8th-9th items: Top and lower portions of stitching loose or missing, otherwise intact, both editions. 10th-11th items: All original stitching missing, old cord repair, top of spine, pages otherwise intact, 1781 edition. All stitching and pages intact, 1782 edition.