Providence: John Carter, 1781. First edition. Good. 24pp COMPLETE. Stitched. Chipping to outer edges, with tears to outer edge of pp5 and 6, with minor loss. "Isaac Bickerstaff" is a common pseudonym in almanacs. Erroneously attributed by Evans to Benjamin West, the actual calculator appears to be Nathan Daboll. The similarities in the eclipse predictions and the astronomical and horological notes on the calendar pages between the present issue and The New England almanack and gentleman's and lady's diary for 1782 (New London), calculated by Daboll under the pseudonym of Edmund Freebetter, indicate a common authorship. Most of the calculations vary to a degree reflecting the difference in the meridian between New London and Providence. West and Carter, the publisher, severed relations with the 1781 issue. West's almanac was published thereafter at Providence by Bennett Wheeler as the North American calendar, while Carter continued the New England almanack over the Bickerstaff pseudonym, with which West is often identified. Cf Chapin, HM "Check list of Rhode Island almanacs, 1643-1850" Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, ns v 25 (1915): 24-26 Evans 17431 Drake 12865. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Almanack] The New England Almanack, or ...
Publisher: John Carter
Publication Date: 1781
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Isaac Bickerstaff-Providence, RI, 1782. Pamphlet. Book Condition: Collectible - Very Good. Stitched Wraps in good to very good condition, foxing, edgerubs and chipping, black mark on back cover. Originally sewn pamphlet. Drake #12865. SKU-6701603. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-6701603