1807.066: Virginia Farmer's Almanac for 1808 (Somervell & Conrad).
Full Title: The Virginia farmer's almanac, for the year 1808; being bissextile or leap year. Adapted to the latitude and meridian of Richmond. Calculated by Benj'n Bates.
Author: Bates, Benjamin (1769-1812).
Place Issued: Petersburg
Issuing Press: Somervell & Conrad
Description: [36 pgs.]; 15 cm. (16mo).
This title is part of a joint publishing project that produced four variants of the Bates almanac for 1808; Richmond job-printer Seaton Grantland was engaged by booksellers Robert Gray of Alexandria (1807.049), John Gray of Fredericksburg (1807.033), Fitzwhylsonn & Potter of Richmond (1807.032), and Somervell & Conrad of Petersburg (this item), to print a thirty-six page sextodecimo almanac "published" by each business; the typography in all four variants is essentially identical, except for publisher-specific text changes to the title and imprint on the title page, and for different closing pages [p. 35-36] that carry an advertisement for that publisher's bookstore. The joint project appears to have been instigated by the competing almanacs of Peter Cottom and John A. Stewart, who regularly produced multiple variants of a common almanac to sell in their Alexandria and Fredericksburg bookstores, so dominating the Virginia almanac trade.
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