1862 New-England Alamanac and Farmer’s Friend

The New-England ALMANAC and Farmer’s Friend
1862
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.

Some examples:

  • On the front cover ‘Fort Donalson taken 15 Feb’ (Civil War battle)
  • On the back cover ’Abraham Lincoln President of United States’, and ’Abraham Lincoln President of United States of America’
  • Inside, the monthly calendars have been marked up with the weather conditions of certain days (snow on the 12th January…July 29th ‘more thunder & lightning’…)

Contents:

  • 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 Fishing
  • Wit and Wisdom
  • Agricultural

Advertising:

  • Border of front cover: Sheffield & Brown Dentists
  • Back cover: Photograph & Ambrotype Rooms, Mrs. Dart Millinery and Fancy Goods
  • Last 12 pages dedicated to advertising: Samuel Hobron (White Ash, Red Ash, Cumberland Coal..), Mystic Dispensary, M.D. Smith Melodeon’s, Chapel & Rolles Fresh Fish & Lobster, Pyle’s Dietetic Saleratus, Dr. Sweet’s Infallible Liniment….

40 pages

Nice condition, complete with all pages and text. Covers yellowed, some paper folds. A few rust spots in the interior. Many pencil notations (see above).

4 1/4" x 6 1/2".

 

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.

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