AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST, 1750.

Boston: Printed by J. Draper, [1749]. [16]pp., including a woodcut of the cosmos on the fifteenth page. Stitched. First and last pages strengthened and repaired along gutter. A few small stains on last page. A subtle tape used to repair minor tears on several pages. Outer margins lightly torn, without affecting text. Overall, a good copy. Item #WRCAM41178

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 woodcut is a diagram showing the position of the Sun, Mars, Earth, and her moon on June 18th, 1749, a remarkably hot day according to Ames. The sixteenth page offers an explanation of the diagram with references to Keplar's discovery of elliptical orbits and Newton's Laws of Nature. EVANS 6276. DRAKE 3085. NAIP w029763.

Price: $350.00