Fourteen (14) Pre Revolutionary War Almanacks, Ames and Low. Octavos, self wrappers, stitched, approx. 22-24 double sided pages. 1st-5th items: AN A(S)TRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR(S) OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1752, 1757, 1763, AND 1764 and AMES'S ALMANACK 1759 by Nathaniel Ames, the elder/father (1708-1764), three printed by John Draper, one printed and sold by Draper, Green, Russell, and Fleet, one printed and sold by Richard and Samuel Draper, Boston. 1759 edition includes woodcut illustration of The Solar Sy(s)tem, on title page with Explanation of the Solar Sy(s)tem following the month of December on the calendar, pp. 17-19. The 1764 edition is the last printed by the father Nathaniel Ames according to The O'Neil Catalouge, #91. Almanacks approx. 6 1/2" H x 4" W. 6th-11th items: AN A(S)TRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR(S) OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1765, 1767, 1768, 1770, 1771, AND 1773 by Nathaniel Ames, the younger/son (fl. 1764-1775), three printed and sold by the Printers and Book(s)ellers, one printed and sold by Richard Draper, et al., one printed and (s)old by William M'Alpine, and one re-printed and sold by Timothy Green, Boston. 1771 edition includes the first known printing of Benjamin Franklin's epitaph to himself. Double printed, third to last page of 1773 edition. Almanacks approx. 6 1/2" H x 4" W. 12th-14th items: AN A(S)TRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR(S) OF CHRI(S)TIAN AERA, 1765, 1772, 1774 by Dr. Nathanael Low (1740-1808), one printed by D. and J. Kneeland, one printed and sold by Kneeland and Adams, one printed and sold by J. Kneeland, Boston. 1774 edition includes woodcut portrait of Oliver Cromwell on title leaf with Cromwell's famous speech dissolving Parliament quoted on the following page. Almanacks approx. 6 3/4" H x 4 3/8" 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-5th items: Areas of insect damage, largest 1" x 1 1/2", right edges of 1752 edition. 1764 edition bound in contemporary navy cloth boards with gilt lettering. 6th-11th items: Nine personal double sided calendar pages added, 1765 edition. Added final leaf with inscriptions possibly made by bookseller, added front leaf torn away, 1770 edition. Final leaf missing and binding loose, 1771 edition. Four pieces of old clear adhesive tape, right center edge of front leaf and top left and right and lower left corners of final leaf of 1767 edition. 12th-14th items: Front leaf replaced with old notebook paper, 1765 edition. Final leaf partially loose from binding, 1772 edition. Top portion of binding missing, 1774 edition.