Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785. EMBROIDERED BINDING –.
Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785.
Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785.
Bright pink on a sober ground

Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785. Paris: N. Crapart & C.J.C. Durand, 1785.

32mo (binding size 98 x 58 mm). Collation: 1-68 (nested quires). [48] leaves. Folding woodcut maps of France écclesiastique at front and Environs de Paris at back, printed on one sheet enclosing text. Map edges frayed, some discoloration. Embroidered binding of gray-blue faille silk,  an outer floral vine border of metal strips with bright pink metal foil blossoms enclosing a central flower-pot on upper cover and a 3-blossomed flowering plant on lower cover, the designs composed of metallic thread, small copper-like sequins and inset metal foil, spine similarly decorated, red-dyed partly brocade endpapers, pocket inside lower cover (somewhat soiled and faded, cloth a bit wrinkled, possible loss of outer border to covers). A woodcut of Sainte Genevieve mounted inside front cover. Bookplate of Carlo de Poortere.  

A pretty embroidered binding on one of the longer-running small format Paris almanacs. The annual Paris almanac called the Etrennes mignonnes may have been the longest-lasting of all Parisian almanacs, and one of the most stable in format and contents. With occasional variations in the title, this almanac appeared yearly from 1724 to 1848, spanning five generations and weathering several very different governments and social regimes. After 1750 the engraved title was  dispensed with, and the quality of printing may have declined somewhat, but the contents remained consistently serious, containing historical, geopolitical, and political information about various French regions and other countries, charts of royalty and nobility, densely printed summaries of news from the previous year, descriptions of recent scientific inventions, guides to measurements, tariffs, lists of trade fairs, and so on. 

Grand-Carteret 107. On the contents and economics of the Etrennes mignonnes and their imitators, see V. Sarrazin, “L’exemple des Etrennes parisiennes: succès, évolution et mutation d'un genre d'almanachs du XVIIIe au XIXe siècle,” in Lüsebrink, ed., Les lectures du peuple en Europe et dans les Amériques du XVIIe au XXe siècle (2003): 39-48.

Item #2688q

Price: $800.00