Title Schleswig-Holsteinischer Schreib-Calender, Aufs Jahr Christi 1789.
Binding Cloth. Blindstamped and gilt impressed. Decorat
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First edition
Publisher Altona Gebruder Burmester 1788
Seller ID 005609
Near Miniature, 80 by 53 mm. Unpaginated, 48 leaves. These include seven copper engravings, one being double paged. There are copies, not many, of this annual to be found on OCLC, but none for this year. 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, has a floral motif that has a kinship to the much later style associated with the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris, while the case's lining is a geometric design that one finds with vernacular bindings of the late 18th, early 19th, century. The binding has some soiling and wear, but remains attractive. The same apples to the case.