[Skip to Navigation]
August 1963

The Old Librarian's Almanack, or An Astronomical Diary of Coelestial Motions & Aspects for the Year of Our Lord Christ 1774.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):302-303. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020200045

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


One of the lighter forms of tomfoolery is the printing of spurious documents which cheerfully and sometimes fearfully resemble an original. The Old Librarian's Almanack by Philobiblos, alleged to be the work of one Jared Bean of Connecticut in 1773, actually was turned out by Edmund Lester Pearson in Asheville, NC, in 1909. Recently it was resuscitated and sent around as a Christmas token by Miss Gertrude Annan, the librarian of The New York Academy of Medicine. This "Almanack" gives a perceptive but antic description of the trials, tribulations, privileges, perquisites, and other attributes of librarians in general. It should be required reading for librarians as a species, and for anyone who uses a library. On the page opposite the Almanack's program and predictions for December, 1774, there are these words about librarians.

There is none so Felicitous as the Librarian, and none with so small a cause of Ill-Content,

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview