Providence: Printed and sold, wholesale and retail, by John Carter, at the Post-Office, at Shakespeare’s Head, near the State-House, (1786), 1786.
 p. 17 x 11 cm. Collation: A8, B4
The present edition of “Isaac Bickerstaff”'s almanac contains an astronomical calendar (with predictions of eclipses) along with various cures (for rattlesnake and mad dog bites, consumption, gout in the stomach, and dropsy.) “Isaac Bickerstaff” was a commonly used pseudonym in early American almanacs.
Stitched. Soiled and stained.
Erroneously attributed by Evans to Benjamin West. The actual calculator appears to be Nathan Daboll. The eclipse predictions are nearly identical with those in The New England almanack and gentlemen and ladies diary for 1787 (New London), calculated by Daboll under the pseudonym of Edmund Freebetter. The astronomical and horological notes on the calendar pages are frequently identical or similar, and the calculations for the moon are identical. The other calculations on these pages vary to a degree reflecting the difference in meridian between New London and Providence.
West and Carter, the publisher, severed relations with the 1781 issue. West’s almanac was published thereafter at Providence by Bennett Wheeler as the North American calendar, while Carter continued the New England almanack over the Bickerstaff pseudonym with which West is often identified. Cf. Chapin, H.M. "Check list of Rhode Island almanacs, 1643-1850." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s. v. 25 (1915): 24-26.
Dabold has been called one of the “three great arithmeticians in America.”(Florian Cajori). Herman Melville referred to Daboll in Moby Dick. “I'll get the almanac and as I have heard devils can be raised with Daboll's arithmetic, I'll try my hand at raising a meaning out of these queer curvicues here with the Massachusetts calendar."
Alden, J.E. Rhode Island, 1035; Drake, M. Almanacs, 12888; ESTC W22719