WEST, Benjamin as “Isaac Bickerstaff” (1730-1813) – BEERS, Andrew (1749-1824). Webster’s Calendar; or the Albany Almanack, For the Year of our Lord 1797… Albany: Charles R. and George Webster, 1797.

$ 900.00

8vo., (6 ½ x 4 ¼ inches). Original publisher’s printed paper self-wrappers stabbed and sewn as issued (Lacks final leaf; chipping to last page, evenly browned throughout).

First edition. Contains Washington’s farewell address (“America’s Legacy”), delivered September 17, 1796. “All the calculations, astronomical notes, and weather predictions on the calendar pages are identical with those in Hutchins improved for 1797. The notes also duplicate almost entirely those in Greenleaf's New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey almanack for this year. Both of these almanacs were calculated by Andrew Beers, though without his name on the title pages. The notes are identical also with those in his Beers’s almanac and ephemeris for 1797, published at Hartford, and in Stoddard’s diary or The Columbian almanack for 1797 (Hudson, N.Y.), also issued with Beers’s name as calculator.
Evans attributes this issue of Webster’s calendar, as he does nearly all almanacs published under the Bickerstaff pseudonym, to Benjamin West. The attribution is traditional, but the majority of these almanacs can be shown to have been the work of other calculators” (Yale online catalogue).

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