London: Printed for the Company of Stationers and Sold by John Wilkie, at their Hall in Ludgate-Street, 1785. First Edition. Hardcover. Eight volumes bound in one, sixteenmo size,  pp. Near fine. Item #18010401
A collection of almanacs from the year 1785, with a lovely scenic fore-edge painting which shows a road leading to a lake containing two boats, some buildings reminscent of castles or villas in the background, and two trees on each side whose branches reach towards each other in the middle. Contents are varied and unusual, and include poetry, proverbs, answers to philisophical and critical questions, answers to enigmas, monthly observations, descriptions of the planets and zodiac, chronologies of remarkable occurrences, eclipses, astrological prognostications, chapters from "The Surprising Story of the Witch of the Woodlands", and the usual tables and charts relating to the moon, stars, sun, planets, tides, birthdays of the royal family, terms and returns, weight of coins, and calendars, among many other interesting trifles.
___DESCRIPTION: Contemporary polished red calf, with decorative gilt-panel borders to both boards, four raised bands and backstrip stamped in gilt, all edges gilt, fore-edge painting, marbled endpapers, title-pages printed in red and black, red price-stamp to each title-page, numerous engravings, tables, charts, and mathematic equations in text; sixteenmo size (6.5" by 4"), each almanac is paginated separately, each is 48 pp., first editions as per usual.
___CONDITION: Near fine overall, the leather boards bright in colour and supple, text block is tight/square with solid hinges, internally lightly toned with some scattered foxing, the fore-edge painting details clear; two leaves with short tears at the gutter margin (title pages of "The Gentleman's Diary" and "Old Poor Robin"), some of the paint from the fore-edge painting has stained the outer margins of some leaves (none obscure text), spine somewhat sunned, and professional restoration has been applied to the joints. Overall a lovely example of 18th century almanacs combined with a bucolic fore-edge painting.
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