Poor Richard's almanack, calculated and improved for the year 1807. ... [electronic resource] / Calculated by an inhabitant of Boston. ; [Table of zodiacal signs, and 4 lines of verse]

Boston: : Printed and published by A. Newell, and for sale at his printing-office in Devonshire Street. Sold also by Angier March, Newbury-port. Price--6 cents single, 37 1/2 cents dozen, 4 dolls. a gross., [1806]
[24] p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 50715. [More in this series]
  • At head of title: (No. V.)
  • The issue for 1806 is entitled Poor Richard's genuine New-England almanack. Another printing of the 1807 issue, and the issue for 1808, are entitled Poor Richard's Franklin almanac.
  • The author of this series of almanacs was probably their publisher, Andrew Newell. In the pamphlet entitled Darkness at noon, or The great solar eclipse of the 16th of June, 1806, by an inhabitant of Boston (Boston: D. Carlisle & A. Newell, 1806), the calculations of the eclipse and some passages concerning it correspond to those in the extensive discussion of the eclipse in the almanac for 1806, entitled Poor Richard's genuine New-England almanack. The two subsequent almanacs in the series, for 1807 and 1808, carry the phrase "Calculated by an inhabitant of Boston" on their title pages. Newell, to whom Darkness at noon has been attributed, began printing in 1801 and died in 1808; the Poor Richard almanac series is coterminous with these dates.
  • The preface to Darkness at noon states that this pamphlet on the eclipse and on eclipses generally was suggested to its author by an acquaintance, who must therefore have known him as an astronomical writer. His suggestion may have been prompted by the eclipse paragraphs in the 1806 almanac if both works are by the same hand. Newell's obituary in the Columbian centinel, Feb. 10, 1808, describes him as "A young man possessing a philosophical, active, and vigorous mind ... He furnished the best and most accurate account of the last great solar eclipse."
  • Advertised in the Independent chronicle, Boston, Oct. 9, 1806.
  • Title vignette (zodiac) with legend.
  • Last page includes a bookseller's advertisement by Angier March.
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Electronic text and image data. [Chester, Vt. : Readex, a division of Newsbank, Inc., 2004-2007] Includes files in TIFF, GIF and PDF formats with inclusion of keyword searchable text. (Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 50715).
  • Shaw & Shoemaker 50715
  • Drake, M. Almanacs, 3689
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Microform version available in the Readex Early American Imprints series.
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  • United States Massachusetts Boston.
  • United States Massachusetts Newburyport.
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