New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief. George HOWE.
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.

New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814…
New South Wales Pocket Almanack, for the year of Our Lord 1814… Published under the sanction and patronage of His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief.

Sydney: George Howe, 1813.

Duodecimo; stab-sewn in the original quarter red roan and stiff marbled wrappers, as issued; quarter morocco case.

"Sydney's Caxton"

First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper editor Ralph Mansfield, signed by him on the title-page and the front endpaper. Mansfield was closely associated with the Almanack's publisher, George Howe (1769-1821). Printer, editor, publisher and poet, Howe was Australia's first printer, sometimes described as Sydney's Caxton. In 1802 he was appointed Government Printer and that same year issued the first book printed in Australia, "New South Wales General Standing Orders" comprising Government and General Orders issued between 1791 and 1802. On 5 March 1803 he began the publication of the first newspaper, the "Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser", of which Mansfield later joined him as joint editor.

First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper editor Ralph Mansfield, signed by him on the title-page and the front endpaper. Mansfield was closely associated with the Almanack's publisher, George Howe (1769-1821). Printer, editor, publisher and poet, Howe was Australia's first printer, sometimes described as Sydney's Caxton. In 1802 he was appointed Government Printer and that same year issued the first book printed in Australia, "New South Wales General Standing Orders" comprising Government and General Orders issued between 1791 and 1802. On 5 March 1803 he began the publication of the first newspaper, the "Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser", of which Mansfield later joined him as joint editor.
Ralph Mansfield, Methodist missionary as well as newspaper editor, was an important figure in the literary community of the early colony, first in Tasmania and from 1825 in Sydney. He became joint editor with Howe of the "Sydney Gazette" on 1 January 1829. In the editorial for that day he declared that his policy would be neither directed against the established church nor exclusively religious, as he believed newspapers were not the place for theological debate, and that his political principles would be like those of Howe: attachment to the cause of government. A month later Robert Howe was drowned and Mansfield became sole editor.
Howe's 1814 Almanack is the longest and the most detailed of all the early almanacs, designed as the last of the elaborate issues Howe had been publishing since 1806. It includes a substantial compendium of information about the colony and its history in the preceding quarter century. After 1814 this additional historical information was excluded. All Howe almanacs before the 1820s are of great rarity.

Provenance: Ralph Mansfield (1799-1880, newspaper editor); private collection (Sydney).

Australian Almanacs 1806-1930, p. 24; Ferguson, 588.

Price (AUD): $15,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504524

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