Le Trésor des almanachs, by [ALMANAC.]


Le Trésor des almanachs, étrennes nationales, curieuses, nécessaires et instructives; considérablement augmentées. Pour l’année bissextile... Paris, Cailleau, 1784.

First Edition. 24mo, pp. 144, first and last pages blank but for black border, woodcut frontispiece in red depicting the royal family, woodcut vignettes and medallions, all pages printed within simple woodcut border, occasional small stains and spots, stitched in the original pink floral gilt paper, edges gilt.

A very attractive little almanac and a scarce one. As well as the calendar and numerous tables, this little compendium provides lists of the public and private libraries of Paris, giving their dates of foundation and founders’ names as well as detailing the number of books held by each library and specifying the addresses and opening hours. The almanac is illustrated with a number of attractive vignettes, including, as well as the standard pastoral genre, several rather more unusual scenes, such as the pipe-smoking cherub who is also a merchant (in the section ‘marine et commerce). In the section devoted to ‘l’Imprimerie’, there is a vignette of two cherubs working the press.

OCLC lists the Library Company of Philadelphia only.

Keywords: Continental Books
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