Title Verbesserter Schleswig-Holsteinischer Schreib-Calender, Aufs Jahr Christi 1765.
Binding Cloth. Blindstamped and gilt impressed. Decorate
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First edition
Publisher Altona Gebruder Burmester 1764
Seller ID 005407
Near Miniature, 81 by 53 mm. Unpaginated, 42 leaves with content (including title), with six hand-colored plates, the first of which is double paged. Also five other plates -- putty colored lined, not black and white. There are copies, not many, of this annual to be found on OCLC, but none for this year, and we believe others do not have hand-colored plates. The plates are further enriched with tiny silver sparkles, easy to miss in leafing swiftly through the pages but sure to catch the eye with a glance that is more than cursory. We have seldom encountered such an arresting dressing to color plates, and never, in plates of this age. The colored plates depict hedonistic scenes and/or frivolity, perhaps a Teutonic corollary to the playful scenes captured by Boucher and Fragonard. The reddish printed plates, on the other hand, are mostly religious in their content. The textual content is not quite the standard almanac fare. In this almanac weather predictions are furnished for days far in the future to when it was written. As these predictions were for whole weeks, though, they had to have been discounted as somewhat meaningless at the time. An expository piece concerns the postal service of Hamburg, which was then, as now, the largest city of the region. The gilt decoration on the cover is very much in the Rococo style. The leather case, in partial contrast, is dominated by a irregular shapes that nonetheless read as geometric, with gilt floral flourishes serving as a more secondary decoration. The case has a film of soiling that dulls the colors and darkens its white background; it remains, nonetheless, an appealing, and structurally sound, house for the diminutive almanac. Minor loss of the cloth on the spine. There is a small closed tear at the fold of the double paged color plate.