With an all-but unknown French and Indian War map

Thomas More, Philodespot [pseudo.] / Printed and sold by W. Weyman, Poor THOMAS improved : BEING MORE'S COUNTRY ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF Christian Account, 1761., New York, [1760].
8vo, [40pp], woodcut illustration of "The Anatomy of Man's Body, as govern'd by the Twelve Constellations," full-page map. String tied.

A rare and most interesting almanac from the French and Indian War era.

“More’s” almanac includes several items relevant to the War. The “Historical Account of the War in North-America continued from our last” is a triumphant summary of military events between the capture of Quebec in September 1759 and that of Montreal almost exactly a year later. This article is illustrating by a full-page woodcut map (3.5″h x 6″w) of the theatre of war, covering New England, the Canadian Maritimes, and eastern New York. Thirty-six numbered and lettered locations are identified by a key on the facing page, with particular emphasis on the many forts along the St. Lawrence River and the Hudson River-Lake Champlain-Richelieu River corridor. This map is all-but unknown to the history of cartography: Wheat and Brun describe it, but it is neither illustrated nor mentioned in McCorkle’s work on New England maps or Schwartz’s French and Indian War.

Also of French and Indian War interest, the final leaf provides a list of British units in North America (along with the location and commanding officer of each), “an Account of the Distances inhabited by the French from the Mouth of the River St. Lawrence, to Mississippi,” and several other distance tables.

In addition to the usual almanac data, there are treatments for ague, asthma and cancer. Longer essays include “A computation of the number of people in the world;” “How miraculously the Protestants of Ireland were preserved from Persecution, in the Days of Queen Mary;” a “History of the Oracle of Babylon;” and a discourse on the power of wine, kings, women and truth.

Drake, Almanacs, #5736; Evans #8675; North American Imprints #w001255, giving examples at the American Antiquarian Society, New York Historical Society and New York Public Library. OCLC #207860196, giving the AAS example and another at the Huntington Library. The map is cited in Wheat & Brun, Maps and Charts Published in America before 1800, #146.


Edges chipped and curled, occasional minor staining, ownership inscriptions of Jonathan Miller and some insignificant ms. notations. Map excellent.