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Low, Nathanael.  Low's almanack, and astronomical and agricultural register; for the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 1819. Boston: Munroe & Francis, [1818]. 12mo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). [36] pp.; illus.
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Low (1740–1808) was a New England physician and astronomer who founded his popular almanac in 1762; it survived him by 19 years, ending its run in 1827. The present 1819 edition, which includes an agricultural calendar, features a total of => 16 woodcut illustrations — 12 in the astronomical portion (several of which are signed "B"), along with the title-page astrological vignette, a cut of a rural cottage, an image of the common water-plantain for reference in an article on that plant's use to cure rabies, and a woodcut of => a floating balloon bedecked with waving American flags accompanying the poem "Balloon Voyage across the Irish Channel" supposedly by "Windham Sadler, jun." — a near-reference to the aeronaut who in 1812 attempted a cross of the Irish Channel.
        Provenance: Inscription of "Henry M. Pierce / Jersey City / NJ"; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 44628; Drake, Almanacs, 3826. Recent limp navy cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and date; extremities slightly rubbed. Front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription as above. Pages age-toned with a few scattered spots; some pages trimmed closely, with headers occasionally touched but not taken. => Nice!  (40816)   Please RESHELVE This.


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