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(A Perpetual Key to the Almanack). Hone, William; George Cruikshank, Samuel Williams, et al., illus. The every-day book, and table book; or, everlasting calendar of popular amusements, sports, pastimes, ceremonies, manners, customs, and events, incident to each of the three hundred and sixty-five days, in past and present times ... [WITH!] The year book of daily recreation and information; concerning remarkable men and manners, times and seasons, solemnities and merry-makings, antiquities and novelties, on the plan of the Every-day book and Table book, or, everlasting calendar of popular amusements, sports, pastimes, ceremonies, customs, and events, incident to each of the three hundred and sixty-five days, in past and present times; forming a complete history of the year; and a perpetual key to the almanack. London: William Tegg & Co.; Glasgow: R. Griffin & Co.; Dublin: Cumming & Ferguson (pr. by J. Haddon), 1826–28; 1848. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.98"). 4 vols. I: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), viii pp., 1720 col., 8 (adv.) pp.; illus. II: Frontis.,  pp., 860, 888 col.; illus. III (marked II): Frontis., viii pp., 1712 col.; illus. IV: Frontis.,  pp., 1644 col.,  pp.; illus.
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Originally issued as weekly numbers and here in their first book form: descriptions of the customs and traditions associated with various celebrations, many now obscure. Hone (1780–1842), a bookseller, author, and reformer noted for battling censorship and other injustices, here takes advantage of the topic's broad scope to incorporate an impressive variety of antiquarian anecdotes, folklore, natural history, travelogues, historical tales, and literary quotations (plus the odd scrap of sheet music) along with the hagiographies found in the Every-Day volume — though the Table Book, written in response to the success of the first series, dispenses with many of the religious associations and generalizes shamelessly in its topics. The Year Book, first printed in 1832 and appearing here in a slightly later edition, adds entries on an equally striking variety of subjects including chess, Old Edinburgh taverns, whale fishing, the life and songs of Walther von der Vogelweide, witches, “Lawless Day” at Exeter, morris dancing, the Riding of Lanark Marches, booksellers of Little Britain, “a Chinese tea-man's shop-bill,” and an array of biographical and historical notes along with astronomical, agricultural almanac, and medical information, while continuing with the generous helpings of poetry and illustrations seen in the previous volumes. Americana content is not lacking, with entries appearing, e.g., on Niagara Falls and “Penn and the Indians.”
“These publications were at once popular, educational, quaint, and socially pertinent,” says the DNB. Assorted contributors including Charles Lamb supplied the pieces not written by Hone himself for this entertaining grab-bag, illustrated withover 700 wood engravings, some of which were done by George Cruikshank.
Evidence of Readership: In addition to one mischievous artistic addition (pencilled glasses and a mustache on the illustration of Blind Hannah), there are several highly indignant comments regarding an account of duelling in Charleston, South Carolina: “A lie! . . . how English these lies are! English lies!” — obviously suggesting an American reader.
Cohn, George Cruikshank, 402 & 403; NCBEL, III, 1285. On Hone, see: DNB (online). All four volumes are in matching publisher's brown cloth bindings, covers with blind-stamped arabesques, spines with gilt-stamped title and volume number. Volumes worn overall, cloth splitting along spines of the hefty volumes and one with chip to cloth at top of spine, front covers and spines sunned, hinges (inside) starting. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplates, call number and paper label on endpapers, title-pages pressure-stamped. Some signatures opened roughly, with chipping and sometimes short tears; vol. II with occasional pencilled markings, including those embellishments to the image of Blind Hannah (col. 221/222), and one page with faint markings in light blue. Scattered minor foxing. With all four volumes present, a massive amount of wonderfully various reading, offering engaging evidence of readership and lots and LOTS of evocative illustrations. (27545)
EVERYONE You Need to Know in France — Bright, Fresh, IN THE BOX!
Almanach de la cour, de la ville et des départemens pour l'année 1829. Paris: Louis Janet, . 12mo (11.2 cm, 4.4"). , 254,  pp.; 4 plts.
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1829's issue of this useful and decorative annual, “orné de jolies gravures.” The preliminary calendar is followed by genealogical information for European nobility, the list of French bishops and archbishops, the royal household roster (both domestic and military), names and positions of civil servants by department, members of chivalrous orders, major military officers, etc. Thefour steel-engraved plates offer views of the Chateau de Neuilly, Chateau d'Avaray, Chateau de Lucienne, and Chateau de Rosny (with brief descriptions of these noble residences).
Binding: Publisher's apple green paper–covered boards in original matching slipcase with gilt-stamped spine title. All edges gilt.
Binding as above: lower front and back edges each with tiny bump, extremities showing very slight rubbing, slipcase with edges rubbed and a few small spots of discoloration. Front free endpaper with pencilled annotations in French. Pages and plates clean. Really in quite remarkable condition. (30574)
Everything You Need to“Negotiate” 1857
Blackie's literary and commercial almanac. 1857. Glasgow: Blackie & Son, . 16mo (8.1 cm; 3.25"). 95,  pp.
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This very pocket-sized almanac manages to stuff into its miniature pages a calendar, a list of the chief European sovereigns and their birthdays and accession days, a summary of postage and tax costs, a foreign currency exchange table, and railway statistics as the “commercial” aspect, before moving on to the “literary” with assorted amusing and enlightening sayings; the booklet closes with40 pages of advertising for other works from this eminent Scottish publishing firm.
Publisher's printed salmon-colored paper wrappers, front and back wrappers with engraved vignettes; spine and edges mildly rubbed, back wrapper with small scuffs. All edges gilt. First and last few leaves lightly foxed. (29059)
Exceptionally Nice Condition — A Good Exemplar
Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. The Church almanac for the year of our Lord 1854. New York: The Protestant Episcopal Tract Society (Van Norden & Amerman, printers), . 12mo. 48 pp., plus wrappers.
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Includes a list of clergy, and general and diocesan institutions of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. Also includes a list of bishops in the other reformed branches of the Church and the succession of bishops in the American Church.
Original printed wrappers, with a faint fold mark across width of wrappers. Three small punch holes penetrating inner margins, from front to back, without touching text.
Mild foxing in margins. Overall, a very good copy. (9984)
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