Leavitt's Old Farmer's Almanack - 1856 (USA)

Scarce pre-Civil War pamphlet that give insight into life in those days.            

                                          NO. LX
Leavitt's Old Farmer's Almanack, and miscellaneous Year Book,                            
                                           1856
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

 
                      J. Buffum 23 Cornhill Boston Mass.

Signed at top, illegible

Nice graphic on front cover relating to Time. Inside front cover has zodiac engraving.

Information includes:

- directions for knowing the stars, eclipses, etc..
- monthly calendars with sunrise and sunset, moon changes, high water, predicted weather,etc..
- woodblock engraving for each month
- courts (federal and New England states)
- railroads of the United States
- tables of the rising, southing, and setting of the seven stars
- J.K. DAVIS ESQ. Gilmanton N.H. Furnishes the following list of the number of snows in each year; also the depth and number of rains...(1830-1855)
- rates of postage
- facts and sayings
- stray thoughts, anecdotes, pleasantries, and rhymes.
- commencement and vacations in the New England colleges and theological schools

 

Owner has made  some inscriptions (temperatures..) on the monthly pages e.g. March "..not been out since - 4mos!"

Cover nicked tears folds, no back cover. LR and UR corners creased. Some stains inside, occasional tear. Generally something on most pages.  

Missing page at the back (48 pages total?).

46 pages

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.

 

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