Scarce pre-Civil War pamphlet that give insight into life in those days.
Leavitt's Old Farmer's Almanack, and miscellaneous Year Book,
Containing, with the more than useful Astronomical Calculations, a larger quantity and greater variety that are to be found in any other Almanack of Matter, Useful, Curious and Entertaining
Nice graphic on front cover relating to Time. Inside front cover has zodiac engraving.
Poor condition. Missing bottom half of front cover, partially detached, almost all of back cover gone.. Toned pages, folds, small tears.
46 pages (complete)
7¾" X 5"
Dudley Leavitt (1772 – September 20, 1851)...Within a few years, Leavitt relocated to Meredith, where in addition to teaching school and farming, he began publishing in 1797 Leavitt's Farmers Almanack, one of the nation's earliest farmers' almanacs. A polymath, Leavitt poured his knowledge of disparate fields including mathematics, language and astronomy into the wildly popular almanacs, which outlived their creator, being published until 1896.
...the almanac... became such a success that after a while Leavitt shelved many of his other activities to focus on it. The once-farfetched idea was a runaway hit. By 1846, for instance, Leavitt's almanacs were selling some 60,000 copies for that year's two editions – a tremendous number for the era.
Leavitt aimed the almanacs at the general population of New England, supplying tips on everything from farming to the weather to astronomy. As word spread about the publication, readership jumped, and the publication became a fixture throughout the region. The almanacs were sold at general stores, and later at grocery stores and drug stores.