24mo (binding size 94 x 37 mm). Collation: A-D8 E4.  pages. Woodcut arms of the Prince-Bishop of Liège, Georges-Louis de Berghes (1662-1743), as frontispiece. Quires A and B (the calendar) interleaved (single leaves, centers of quires with double leaves). Small text woodcuts of moon phases. Fine condition. Contemporary green silk over pasteboards, embroidered with silver thread, both covers with central diapered cartouche disposed as if emerging from the spine, flanked by flowers and arabesques, border of asymmetrically aligned small repeated ovals, spine with central four-petalled blossom and four arcs above and below; gilt edges, gold and pink floral Dutch-gilt endpapers. ***
A very small pocket almanac in an exquisitely preserved embroidered binding, whose unusual design tricks the eye into expecting an oblong format.
In a small space, this rare almanac contains much useful information: an interleaved calendar with advice on plantings, lists of birth years of European royalty and of markets and fairs, a 5-page essay containing “Remarks on the Origin of Commerce,” a schedule of the major postal coaches, times of sunrise and sunset, court dates, tables of the clergy’s taxes on grain (Effractions), and a calendar of the 40-hour devotion. The subtitle lists the date counted from the Creation, the Flood, the Birth of Christ (i.e., standard CE date), his Resurrection, and the Gregorian revision. On the verso is the privilege, granted to Everard Kints on 16 March 1737. Item #2972