Banneker’s Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord 1793
This Banneker's Almanack is a 48-page printed booklet printed in 1793. The almanac is a booklet comprised of 8 segments of folded paper, bound together by two stitches of cream-colored thread on the left-hand side that are knotted at the back. The top edge of the booklet is trimmed, but the side and bottom edges are not. The pages are unnumbered. Pages 37-40 are uncut along the top edge.
Banneker's Almanack contains a varied assortment of information. Primarily an annual calendar, each month is listed along with important dates, statistical information, phases of the moon, astronomical data, and tide tables. The Almanack also includes political and social commentary most notably on anti-slavery issues. Banneker included abstracts such as, “A Plan of a Peace-Office, for the United States”, “Extracts from the Debates in the Last Session of the British Parliament, Apr. 1792”, “Extract from Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia”, “Extract from Wilkinson’s Appeal to England on Behalf of the Abused Africans”, poetry, Census data, tables of interest at 5% and 7%, currency exchanges, roads and mileage from various starting points to nearby towns and cities, and information about Federal, State and Local courts.
Transcription Center Status: Transcribed by digital volunteers
Written by: Benjamin Banneker, American, 1731 - 1806
Printed by: Joseph Krukshank, active 1790s
Object number: 2014.63.31
Medium: printing ink on paper with thread
Dimensions: H x W x D: 7 × 4 7/16 × 3/16 in. (17.8 × 11.3 × 0.5 cm)
See more items in: National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification: Slavery and Freedom Objects
Classification: Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Exhibition: Slavery and Freedom
On View: NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Place printed: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights: No Known Copyright Restrictions
[[handwritten]] Phebe Kirk [[/handwritten]]
[[handwritten]] Caleb Kirk [[/handwritten]]
YEAR OF OUR LORD 1793;
THE FIRST AFTER BISSEXTILE OR LEAP-YEAR:
THE MOTIONS OF THE SUN AND MOON;
THE TRUE PLACES AND ASPECTS OF THE PLANETS;
THE RISING AND SETTING OF THE SUN;
RISING, SETTING, AND SOUTHING OF THE MOON;
THE LUNATIONS, CONJUNCTIONS, AND ECLIPSES;
THE RISING, SETTING, AND SOUTHING OF THE PLANETS AND NOTED FIXED STARS.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY JOSEPH CRUKSHANK, NO.87, HIGH STREET.