[Twenty-Six Almanacs:] J. Gruber’s Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack for the Year of Our Lord [1859–1884].
Twenty-six consecutive issues of this long-lived Hagerstown, Maryland almanac, first published for the year 1822. The 1859–1861 almanacs were distributed in Hagerstown; post-1861, the issues here were distributed first to agents in Baltimore and later to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and New York.
Gruber’s Almanack is published to this day. The firm declares that it was established in 1797 (see Drake 2249) “making it the second oldest almanac in the United States. It began in a modest print shop on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland and was the creation of colonial printer John Gruber and his partner and son-in-law Daniel May. Gruber is considered by many to be one of Hagerstown’s ‘favorite sons’ right along with Jonathan Hager, the town’s founder and namesake. Gruber’s almanac has been published continuously for 226 years and is the only almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder.” (The Gruber Almanack, LLC)
Description: [Twenty-Six Almanacs:] J. Gruber’s Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack for the Year of Our Lord [1859–1884].
Hagerstown, Md.: Printed and sold by John Gruber, South Potomac Street, [1858 for 1859–1883 for 1884]. 28pp. or 32pp. 8½ x 6½ inches. Wrappers; paper covered spines. Wood engraved illustrations and cuts. All almanacs have been whip-stitched together. First almanac lacks front leaf and its title-page is stained and toned; upper right corners of all almanacs rounded (no loss of text); scattered insect frass or foxing; long closed tear to first leaf of almanac for 1862; top edge stain to almanac for 1863; almanac for 1865 lacks final leaf; last almanac for 1884 lacks final 4-pages of adverts.
Note: The first almanac for 1859 spells “Hagerstown” without a hyphen. See Drake for various Hagerstown almanacs from earlier years.