24mo (binding size 98 x 60 mm). Collation: [A]8 B-I8 (nested quires, sewing between I4 and I5). 143,  pp. Woodcut allegorical frontispiece, title printed in red and black, 12 woodcut vignettes, rule page borders throughout. Publisher’s case binding of red morocco with large green morocco panels on each cover gold-blocked with a rococo design incorporating a flowering vase, at its foot a sheath and an arrow, spine gilt, pastedowns of orange Dutch-gilt paper, gilt edges (text block inserted into binding upside down).***
A compact and informative pocket almanac, published from 1779 to 1793. Economically printed in very small types, Cailleau’s almanac is packed with information on the history of the monarchy, administrative and ecclesiastical hierarchies, episcopal cities throughout Europe, upcoming events in Paris, exchange rates, courrier schedules, and so on. Even the preliminary leaves waste no space: the first and last pages, blank except for the page border, function as flyleaves, with the Table of contents on the verso (p. ), a half-title on p. , the frontispiece on p.  (showing Love presenting a medallion of Louis XVI to France, according to Grand-Carteret), and the title on p. , followed by the calendar. The monthly calendars are printed on versos each facing a page containing a paragraph on a different topic, illustrated with a vignette at top showing putti engaged in relevant activities, and followed by a list of Curiosités, consisting of processions, festivals, fairs, etc. to be held in and around Paris. The monthly topics are Religion, Writing, Eloquence, History, Natural History, Chemistry, Dance, Tragedy, the Art of Equitation, Fencing or the Art of Arms, Physics, and Watch-Making (L’Horlogerie).
Following the calendar is a “Curious Glimpse of the Theatre of the Present War” (pp. 32-35), describing 14 American “provinces,” as seen from French eyes, ignoring most of the Colonial divisions (e.g., la Nouvelle Ecosse ou l’Acadie, la Nouvelle Angleterre, la Floride Anglaise, la Louisiane), and including Jamaica and several parts of Canada (described as “almost as large as Europe”). Noteworthy is a perplexing description of Nouvelle Yorck, “on the Hudson, in the Isle de Mahanatan,” and of which “Neuf-Yorck is the capital.” Other sections and tables of interest, some printed longitudinally, include a list of 29 Academies and 7 Literary Societies in Paris and other parts of France (p. 105), and a 2-page table of public and private libraries in Paris, including the year each was founded, name of the founder, number of printed volumes, number of manuscript volumes, location and opening times. Grand-Carteret 617. Item #2689f