AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY, OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST, 1760.

Boston: Printed and Sold by John Draper; Richard Draper, Green & Russell, Edes & Gill, Thomas & John Fleet, [1759]. [24]pp., including a woodcut on the first page. Original printed self-wrappers, restitched. Minor stains to a few pages. Text tanning. Outer margin and top right corner chipping, not affecting text. Item #WRCAM41189B

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 decorative, illustrations of the four seasons surrounding the signs of the zodiac, which form a circle around the date "1760." The final three pages are a poem describing General Wolfe's death at the battle for Quebec: "O WOLFE immortal Hero, tho' now fall'n / Thy Name shall live for ever in our Breasts. / Shall We, or envy or condole thy Fate? / Like Him of Gaza, conqu'ring in thy Fall / Gaining the greatest Vict'ry at thy Death." Drake notes two copies, this being the copy which does not list the price under the imprint. EVANS 8292. DRAKE 3118. NAIP w022451.

Price: $350.00