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AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,”
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine,
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan


AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal 
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,” 
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine, 
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan, entire view

Description: Very Rare and All Original Primary Document, Almanac Format, featuring
the first known George Washington & John Adams Jugate Image Very Few Copies
Known To Exist. This exceptional survivor is an original printing of Bickerstaff's Boston
Almanack, Or, Federal Calendar, for 1790, Second After Leap-Year; and Fourteenth of
Independence, measuring 7” x 4.25” with 22 pages, with original paper wraps, thus the
almanack retains an excellent structure and is complete. The Cover Woodcut
Illustration shows George Washington as the First President and John Adams to his
right, as Vice President. The Folky portraits measuring 1.5” tall are shown hanging from
ribbons tied with bowknots beneath an arch festooned with drapery and surmounted
with the American great seal…our Heraldic Eagle and shield. Printed below reads,
"Printed by E. Russell, next Liberty-Pole: Where may be had cheap to Traveling-traders,
etc., the Bloody Register No. 4."

Page two is a poem praising General Washington, "Composed in 1782, but never
before published." As made, all its pages are stitched together with original thread. A
very important, exceedingly rare piece of period, Political Americana.

Important: Wraps display owner's signature "John Box Bronsdan". Signature is also on
page 1 of almanack

John Box Bronsdan [almanack owner]: Birth 21 May 1751 Boston, Suffolk County,
Massachusetts, Under British Rule and Occupation. Death 22 Feb 1823 Milton, Norfolk
County, Massachusetts, United States of America.

John Box Brosdan was 25 years old when the American Revolution got rolling. John
served 14 days in Capt. John Bradlees’s company under Colonel Lemuel Robinson's
Militia, Milton. The 14 days were in the defense of Boston Harbor, and he later served a
longer term which included the important Dorchester Heights Defense.

John Box Brosdan would take great pride in seeing Washington and Adams depicted
as President and Vice-President for the 1790 term. One can only imagine the thoughts
running through the mind of Brosdan, being 39 and well settled in the United States,
knowing the outcome of his contributions.

Condition: The paper wraps show wear, edge loss, and a tear about 3" long on the
cover, but have done their job well by keeping the actual 22 page almanack with just a
few excuses. The almanack cover has a small water mark, not affecting image, and a
slight margin tear. Some of the pages are light and need very good light to be readable,
but overall, this is a remarkable and rare copy. Of the very few copies known, this may
be the best extant.

Materials: Period Paper including Wraps. Writing and Signatures in Ink

Editorial: A MUST HAVE for any Serious Washington or Federal Period Collector

$2,950.00

290-82


AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal 
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,” 
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine, 
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan, entire view 2

AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal 
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,” 
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine, 
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan, entire view 3

AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal 
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,” 
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine, 
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan, detail view



Antique, Mathematics & Ciphering Book, Wallpaper Cover
41 Pages, Laid Paper, Both Sides [82 pages]
John Gere 1797/1798, Schoolmaster or Student
Mehetable Geres [sic] Book – MARCH 11TH - 1820


Small Wallpapered Antique Dome Top Trunk
Probably Pennsylvania, 19th Century, entire view 1

Mathematical definitions, arithmetic formulas, calculations, exercises, and problems
Likely a teacher’s handwritten lesson planning book, 41-pages both sides filled front-to-
back with basic to advanced mathematical and measuring exercises, rules and
examples; time, apothecaries and weights…John appears to have been the original
owner with Mehetable probably his daughter. Generally, very good condition with
typical minor edge losses to cover. Pages are folded in half then stitched into wallpaper
cover. Spine is partially split. (13 x 8.25")

$545.00

1072-57


Small Wallpapered Antique Dome Top Trunk
Probably Pennsylvania, 19th Century, entire view 2

Small Wallpapered Antique Dome Top Trunk
Probably Pennsylvania, 19th Century, entire view 3




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