"Picture of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Almanac, for 1840. To Be Continued Annually",
Subject: Cincinnati, Ohio
Period: 1840 (published)
Color: Black & White
3.4 x 5.4 inches
8.6 x 13.7 cm
This pocket almanac features a detailed plan of Cincinnati that identifies numerous sites of interest, including the old Fort Washington, various pork houses, Woodward College (one of the first public schools in the United States), and the Western Museum, an infamous museum of regional artifacts that evolved into a showcase for curiosities, a precursor to P.T. Barnum's American Museum. The frontispiece is a View of Cincinnati, in 1809 from the vantage of the mouth of the Licking River, across the Kentucky border in Newport. In addition to day-by-day weather reports from the previous year, the almanac includes a historical and topographical sketch of the city, "Remarkable Events, and Obituary Notices,"and comprehensive lists of steamboats, churches, banks, insurance companies, colleges, hotels, and more. At the time of publication, Cincinnati was the sixth largest city in the United States. This almanac provides a glimpse of the city in the midst of its big boom. Published by Glezen & Shepard. Hardbound in brown cloth boards. 82 pp.
The plan of Cincinnati is toned with moderate offsetting. There is light scattered foxing and some manuscript notations in the text. Covers have light wear and lightly sunned, and the front cover is starting to separate.