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BICKERSTAFF'S BOSTON ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR REDEMPTION, 1778. BEING THE SECOND YEAR OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE.
Danvers, Ma.: Printed by E. Russell, [1777]. - [24]pp. Stitched. First leaf detached, several leaves loosening. Light wear, contemporary notation on titlepage. Interleaved with contemporary notes, primarily recording the weather. Good. Revolutionary-era Boston almanac, featuring portraits of generals George Washington and Horatio Gates on the front page - the "first known American print of George Washington" (Wick). Wick notes that it is likely that this image was made when Washington first arrived in Boston in 1775 or early 1776 to take command of the Continental Army. The first known use of this image is on a 1776 Salem printing of the Declaration of Independence. This is its second printed appearance. Due to the scarcity of visual material, it was reused several times, resurfacing again in Bickerstaff almanacs in the 1790s. This almanac also has woodcuts at the top of each calendar, showing a seasonal scene with the appropriate zodiac sign at the top. An early and important image of our first president. DRAKE 3274. EVANS 15705. WICK, GEORGE WASHINGTON AN AMERICAN ICON 1.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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