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Catnach Press Broadside]. Middleton, Richard
The PERPETUAL ALMANACK; or, Gentleman Soldier's Prayer Book: Showing how one Richard Middleton was taken before the Mayor of the City he was in, for using Cards in Church during Divine Service .
Catnach, Printer, 2, & 3, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials (n. d.), [London], 1848. Single sheet, printed recto only. Illustrated with 2 woodcuts under the mast-head title, each 2-1/4" x 3-1/8". Illustrative border of playing cards [45 cards total, plus an emblem in each of the lower corners]. 14-7/8" x 9-9/16" Chatto, in his "Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards" [1848], states that the pack of cards has served as ?moral monitor, and help to devotion. The most popular, and best known, of such devotions, or rather applications, is the entitled ?The Perpetual Almanack; or, Gentleman-Soldier's Prayer Book? ? noting its first publication believed to be Brussels, 1778, with many subsequent editions, usually in chapbook format. Chatto goes on to quote the entire text of the piece, stating his source as this very Catnach broadside. OCLC records 2 institutional holdings, neither in the United States. Some edgewear & soiling, with some rash to upper right. Old paper backing to sheet. A VG copy of a rare item.
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [Alameda, CA, U.S.A.]
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