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Almanach royal pour l'année MDCCXXI, calculé au meridien de Paris...
Paris: Laurent d'Houry, 1721 [1720]. HEAVILY ANNOTATED ALMANAC ¶ [2], 80, 77-346, [2] p. | 8vo | pi1 A-E^8 2E^2 F-X^8 Y^6 | 196 x 123 mm ¶ The 1721 almanac for France's political and business elite, including the monthly calendars and astronomical tidbits typical of almanacs, but also birth dates of French royalty, the names of countless French office holders, administrative details on major French institutions, important fair dates, and details on the country's many postal routes. The book essentially functions as a handbook to the French government. ¶ Established in 1700 and remaining in print through 1919, the Almanach royal evolved from a similar publication Laurent d'Houry first issued in 1683. The series was among the first specialized almanacs in France, providing readers with "access to sources of information that could help them cut through the complexity of the administration (urban and economic growth had made such information more necessary than ever). Time still played a central role in these new almanacs, but calendars were reduced to essentials as texts were called upon to provide all sorts of new information" (Roche). --- PROVENANCE: The calendar interleaved, these packed with 24 pages of contemporary manuscript, plus an additional full page on a front fly-leaf. While the content is quite varied, it's replete with the kind of notes we might expect from the book's intended audience: many memoranda of deaths and marriages, largely those of the country's elite; some remarks on the depreciation of French currency, this perhaps fallout from the 1720 M … [Click Below for Full Description]
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