Newport [RI]. Printed and Sold by James Franklin... . String-tied. Initial leaf separated from the balance of the almanac and with heavy edge wear resulting in the loss of about three letters on six lines. Tears and edge wear throughout, but with no additional loss of text. Rather tattered but substantially complete. Item #3686
This was the third in the series of almanacs published in Newport, Rhode Island by James Franklin, Jr. between the years 1750 and 1760. James was the son of James, Sr. (brother of Benjamin) and Ann Franklin, who were publishers of almanacs in Newport between 1728 and 1741. James, Jr. was the nephew of Benjamin Franklin, with whom he served an apprenticeship in Philadelphia before rejoining his mother in Newport. This almanac is for the year 1752, which included a shortened month of September in order to adjust Great Britain to the Gregorian calendar. Stowell notes in Early American Almanacs that "[t]he 1752 Poor Job contained one of the best explanations of the official changeover to the New Style calendar given in any almanac that year (p. 78)." In the tradition of his Uncle Ben, James Jr. devoted an entire page of the almanac to "Necessary Hints for those that would be Rich." An uncommon almanac. Evans, American Bibliography: 6780. Drake, Almanacs of the United States: 12801. O'Neal, Early American Almanacs: 312. Alden, Rhode Island Imprints, 1727-1800: 103. Chapin: Check List of Rhode Island Almanacs, p.32. ESTC: W22768 (with six institutions holding examples). [ICN 3759.].