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[Binding, London - 1788]
Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1806
London: For the Company of Stationers by Nichols and Son, 1806. 12mo. (135 x 85 mm). 60 pp., the first 24 pages (Calendar) interleaved with blank sheets. Printed in red and black. With the small red ink excise stamp on the title-page, and two coated leaves for use with the writing stylus. Contemporary English red morocco, richly gilt, four silver bosses on covers securing the metal stylus, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Near fine copy (sic!) with the two erasable coated leaves unblemished. "Rider's British Merlin" was an extremely popular Almanac, originally compiled by Cardanus Rider; it was published yearly from the mid-17th century until at least 1830. Cardanus Rider was likely a pseudonym for Richard Saunders, an English astronomer and doctor who was born in 1613 and whose actual date of death is unknown. This is a very handsome Georgian-era almanac in a highly attractive contemporary binding. Almanacs such as this provided information on the dates of regional and national Fairs (markets), lists of Sovereigns and judges, tables of measures and weights, a Chronology of remarkable occurences since 1700, and much more. In our copy the bookbinder interleaved the Calendar section with blanks to allow the future owner to write his or her own notes, but in our copy these leaves have never been used, ditto the two specially coated "erasable" pages, upon which the owner could make notes. The freakishly fine condition of the present Almanac cannot be explained, save that the original metal stylus has kept the book closed and free from light and dust for more than 200 years. The b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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