The New-England ALMANAC and Farmer’s Friend
Besides the Astronomical, Calculations, a variety of matter both useful and entertaining’
By Nathan Daboll A.M.
New London: Published and sold by Starr & Co. No. 54 Main St.
Starr & Farnham, Printers, 2 1-2 Main St.
New London Connecticut.
This Almanac has been ‘used’, in that there are inscriptions throughout by the owner that make it more personal:
- the monthly calendars have been marked up with the weather conditions of certain days ( “29 (January) light rain and snow”, “Very pleasant day Christmas… 26 remarkable pleasant”)
- Astronomical information
- High Tide at nearby locations
- Monthly calendars with sunrise, sunset, full sea, ….
- Courts in Connecticut
- List of lighthouses
- List of local Ships engaged in the Whale Fishery
- Household Department
- Border of front cover: Sheffield & Brown Dentists
- Back cover: Photograph & Ambrotype Rooms, E.B. Page Boots, Shoes, Rubbers.
- Last 12 pages dedicated to advertising: Pyles O.K. Soap, F.H. Coit Coal, Phoenix Guano, Dr. Sweet’s Infallible Liniment, C.F.E. Blood Dentist,...
Nice condition, complete with all pages and text.
Covers yellowed, some paper folds and nicks. Front cover tear on spine. A few rust spots in the interior. Many pencil notations (see above).
Nathan Daboll (1750-1818) was an American teacher who wrote the mathematics textbook most commonly used in American schools in the first half of the 19th century. During the course of his career, he also operated a popular navigation school for merchant mariners, and published a variety of almanacs during the American Revolution period.
Daboll was also quite notable for his maritime navigation school in New London, Connecticut where he taught navigation and nautical astronomy to as many as 1,500 seamen.