Les Etrennes à la Rose ou le Rosier d’amour. ALMANAC –.
Les Etrennes à la Rose ou le Rosier d’amour.
Russian doll quiring

Les Etrennes à la Rose ou le Rosier d’amour. Paris: chez Janet, [1800/1801].

24mo (binding size 95 x 63 mm). Nested quires, composed, from the outside in, of: a  fold-out letterpress Gregorian calendar in columns with woodcut vignettes, engraved title (with stub), 6-leaf engraved Republican calendar, 24 pages engraved text interleaved with 12 engraved plates (6 bifolia), and [24] pp. letterpress text (a quire of 12 leaves signed A). Embroidered binding of ivory silk, covers with metallic ribbon border enclosing oval cartouche of leafy branches alternating with roundels of sequin and purl, enclosing on upper cover a bow, arrow and quiver with flowering sprig, and on lower cover a flowering plant, both embroidered in variously colored threads and sequins; pink satin liners, gilt edges. Losses to metallic borders and to some threads of cover designs. Bookplate of Carlo de Poortere.

A charming almanac, with 12 engravings and in an embroidered binding, unknown to Grand-Carteret. This is a typical production of Pierre-Etienne Janet, who in 1789 acquired the shop and bindery of his father-in-law Pierre Jubert, relieur-doreur and path-breaking almanac publisher. In around 1790 Janet set up shop in the rue St. Jacques, and began systematically publishing almanacs, most with 12 plates. As usual for the Jubert and early Janet almanacs, this little book was built up from “nested quires.”  In a formula that both repeated often, the fold-out letterpress traditional calendar folds around the outside; next is the engraved title, with conjugate stub, then a 6-leaf unsigned letterpress quire with the Republican calendar for l’An IX (starting with Vendémiaire [Sept. 1800]), which encloses 12 bifolia (i.e., 24 leaves) of engraved text and illustrations, in which each text bifolium alternates with an illustrated bifolium. The illustrated bifolia are printed on one side only; thus 6 plates that appear before the fold are all printed on the versos, while the 6 plates following the fold are on the rectos. At the center of all is an unpaginated 12-leaf letterpress quire signed “A,” containing lyrics for songs, titled “Ariettes nouvelles.”

Not in Grand-Carteret. OCLC cites only an unidentified Danish location (Danish Union Catalogue).

Item #2688l

Price: $1,100.00