Boston Almanac for… 1836.
S.N. Dickinson, ( (1836)), Boston
16mo, 15.5 cm. Unpaginated (about 100 pp.) b/w map of Boston as frontispiece.
Here’s a charming little piece of whaling ephemera, kept by a Mrs. E.E. Baldwin. She traveled with her family to the Azores in February, 1835. There, she repurposed the blank pages of the Almanac and the “Memoranda” pages as a brief diary of family activities, and of the arrival and departure of ships at Fayal, where they lived for a little over a year before returning to Boston – a rough voyage “of which only 2 days were fair, during which time one of the poor passengers lingered and died.” On the front blank she lists about 20 “Whalers arrived at Horta” in April – June 1836. She also filled 12 pages in the “Memoranda” section at the back of the book, keeping track of family events, the progress of her children in learning Portuguese, the purchase, enjoyment, and death of three little birds she purchased for the children, but who soon won the hearts of the family, and more whaling information such as “April 17th the first Whaler arrived. Barque Bramin capt Russell from New Bedford.” She also notes the coming in of peas, potatoes, and cucumbers – information of use to whalers seeking provisions. Finally, she gives a tragic description of the deaths of the birds, one of whom was the beloved Don Pedro, and ends, “I will endeavour not to be again tempted to love another bird as I did Don Pedro.” Lacks front wrapper. Back wrapper loose but present. Binding tight.