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Collection of 16 Rare Seventeenth-century Almanacs in an interesting binding.
- A collection of 16 almanacs, all published in 1695 and bound in a contemporary (or near) binding of dyed goat-skin with the royal cypher in gilt of William III (1650-1702) in the corner of the boards and in the five compartments on the spine; the upper spine has a short split and there is a little wear to corners. All of these almanacs have astrological charts and other woodcuts. All of these almanacs, which are nearly all 48pp., are scarce, represented in most cases by 2 or 3 copies in the U.K. and 1 or 2 in the U.S.A. - nearly all at Yale or the Huntington Library. All were published in London or Cambridge. A full and detailed list can be provided. Almanacs were one of the commonest publications of the seventeenth century but due to their flimsy nature, and the fact that as an annual publication they were disposed of at the end of the year, few survive. "While their major purpose was to provide annual information about the movement of stars and the corresponding effects on earth, most contained a range of other material, including advice on preventative medicine of humans and animals. Based on the most extensive study to date of the relationship between the popular press, early modern medicine beliefs and practices, Louise Hill Curth argues that these cheap, annual booklets played a major role in shaping contemporary medical beliefs and practice in early modern England." (Blagdon - 'The Distribution of Almanacs in the Second-Half of the Seventeenth-Century') [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Chaucer Head]
Last Found On: 2014-11-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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