Father Abraham’s Pocket Almanack for the year 1777; Fitted to the Use of Pennsylvania, and the neighbouring Provinces. Containing a great Variety of useful Lists and Tables.
“The British Troops Entered the Town”
Rare American Revolution war-date Philadelphia pocket almanac printed in 1777 by the celebrated printer John Dunlap. Dunlap had printed the Declaration of Independence the year before in 1776. Only one entry appears, but it’s a fine one. In pencil: “[September] 26 The British Troops Entered the Town” noting the beginning of the occupation of Philadelphia, after the British won the Battle of Brandywine and captured Philadelphia. The British would remove in June of 1778 when France entered the war. Thinly-held by institutions. Rare to commerce.
Description: Father Abraham’s Pocket Almanack for the year 1777; Fitted to the Use of Pennsylvania, and the neighbouring Provinces. Containing a great Variety of useful Lists and Tables.
Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by John Dunlap at the Newest Printing-Office, in Market-street. . [(23 of) 24]pp. + ll., interleaved blanks. 12mo. (4 x 2¼ inches). Contemporary, plain gray-blue wrappers, sewn. One blank leaf with Ms. entry. Lacks A9 (tide-table, dollars to pound conversion table); one leaf loose; wrappers and initial leaves dampstained; some leaves shaved tight to margins. CJ255923.
Evans 15063 (LOC, APS). Hildeburn 3366 (No location cited). Drake 10035 (AAS, LOC, NYS Library, APS). ESTC W10039 (AAS, Swarthmore College). AAS online suggests a 1777 date of publication based on an early January 1777 newspaper advertisement.