ALAMANAC Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1762... Adorn'd with Many Delightful and Useful Verities, Fitting all Capacities in the Islands of Great Britain's Monarchy
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ALMANAC Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1762... Adorn'd with Many Delightful and Useful Verities, Fitting all Capacities in the Islands of Great Britain's Monarchy
Sold for £720 (US$ 1,165) inc. premium

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ALMANAC
Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1762... Adorn'd with Many Delightful and Useful Verities, Fitting all Capacities in the Islands of Great Britain's Monarchy, printed in red and black, anatomical man woodcut, interleaved, with the owner's annotations in ink on approximately 24 pages, 2 WRITING TABLES, contemporary red morocco gilt,covers with elaborate all-over "cottage-roof" design, metal clasps and catches secured with original metal stylus, Dutch floral endpapers with pockets, g.e., 12mo, H. Woodfall, for the Company of Stationers, 1762

Footnotes

  • The original owner of the almanac appears to have worked in the legal profession (Middlesex Sessions at Westminater noted throughout the calendar, as is the "Fulham Turnpike Meeting"), and provides numerous details of his office expenses: "coach hyre", "chair hire", "Postidge of a packet from Jersey", "Pd. postidge of Court Martial from Quebec" [also receiving packages from Bombay, New York, Germany, Lincoln], "at ye War Office with sundry expenses", "a man & horse & turnpikes", "Wm & coachman came to town with the chariot & bay horse", "Tuesday 3d August Mr. De Latouche came to the office as clerk, at 40£ per annum", "9th June - agreed with Benjamin Verling, my coachman, that from Midsummr. next he shall have 12 per annum wages instead of 10 Guineas... August 26th. Gave him warning", also noting the birth of his daughter Elizabeth (25 January, 1762) and son "Christened the name of John - Bp. of Oxford, Mr. Van & Lady Byron sponsors" (5 January, 1763).
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