AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST, 1737.

Boston: Printed by John Draper, 1737 [i.e. 1736]. [16]pp. Stitched. Final page soiled, else text quite clean. Final page strengthened at foredge, repaired along gutter. Overall, very good. Item #WRCAM41165

An early almanac by one of the most prolific almanac makers in colonial America. Ames' run of almanacs predated Benjamin Franklin's POOR RICHARD'S by eight years. Ames had a long and notable career, producing popular and highly-regarded almanacs for more than fifty years. The second page includes a eulogy for Ames' father. Ames' father is believed to have helped Ames with his first almanacs, Ames being only seventeen years of age when he published his first. In the eulogy, Ames writes: "When puzzled, I cou'd unto him repair, / Who knew the Heav'ns as if he had dwelt there; / Imbolden'd thus, I ventur'd on the Stage / And run the risque of carping Criticks Rage; / But now he's gone!" The final two pages contain a description of the perspectives of inhabitants on the other planets of the solar system compared to the perspective of Earth. EVANS 3982. DRAKE 3052. NAIP w029751.

Price: $500.00