[Almanac] Ames, Nathaniel: AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY; OR, ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1766. Boston: Printed and Sold by William M'Alpine, [1766]. 12 leaves (complete). Toned, lightly worn, Very Good in modern green quarter morocco and marbled boards.

    This offering celebrates the Stamp Act's repeal with a patriotic preface by Ames, lauding Americans' "exertion of that noble spirit of Freedom, which every thinking honest Man that has ever been galled with the chain of slavery is possessed of-- a spirit which GOD grant no tyrant may ever be able to extinguish amongst us." He encourages a spirit of nationalism, so "that when ever a Virginian shall visit this part of the Land of Freedom you will be no niggard of Hospitality."

    Ames also denounces the "absolute and despotick sway" of the Pope, pities the Europeans thus benighted, and recommends popular education so that "the common people" will not be "slaves" to aristocrats. The Almanac provides a table of distances of New England towns from Boston, "with the most noted Houses of Entertainment on the Roads."
    Evans 10224. Drake 3150.

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