AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST, 1749.

Boston: Printed by J. Draper, [1748]. [16]pp. Stitched. First and last pages soiled; last page with a few minor holes on the last leaf, with the loss of four or five characters. Interior bright. The outer margin of the seventh and eighth pages trimmed, no loss of text. Overall, a good copy. Item #WRCAM41177

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 last two pages are filled with Ames' speculation on the nature of the inhabitants of nearby planets. He references Cotton Mather and Galen of Pergamum to suggest that the inhabitants would share a physical likeness to humans, our anatomy being ideal, and hypothesizes that their temperament would be like our own. EVANS 6089. DRAKE 3083. NAIP w029762.

Price: $375.00