[Early American Image of a Sea Monster] [Almanac] An Almanack, for the Year of Our Lord Christ, 1784. Daniel George.

[Early American Image of a Sea Monster] [Almanac] An Almanack, for the Year of Our Lord Christ, 1784.

Boston. Printed and Sold by Adams and Nourse... [1753.]. String-tied. Staining and foxing, at times heavy, especially at the gutter of several calendar pages. Item #3689

The clear highlight of this almanac is a full-page engraving of a gruesome sea monster, or canis carcharias. The monster is caught in the act of mauling a hapless fisherman while two other fisherman in the distance raise their arms in distress. This is the earliest American rendering of a sea monster we have encountered.

George's almanacs were published for the years 1776 through 1787; they are not seen as frequently as the Low almanacs published in Boston during the same period. Indeed, ESTC locates only five institutions holding this almanac. Evans, American Bibliography: 17946. Drake, Almanacs of the United States: 3327. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers: 98. [ICN 3756.].

Price: $625.00

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