Item #1003592 Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833. ALMANAC.
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833
Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833

Almanach Dédié aux Dames; with: laid-in letterpress calendar for 1833

Paris: Le Fuel, De Launay, 1833. 24mo, measuring 4.5 x 3 inches: [16], 164, [48]. Original gilt paper boards with color pictorial silk onlays to covers and spine, turquoise endpapers, all edges trimmed and gilt. Six steel-engraved plates with tissue guards; title vignette with tissue guard; twelve calendar headpiece vignettes. Letterpress calendar in printed wrappers laid in. Paris: Louis Janet Librairie, 1833 [1832]. 4.25 x 3 inches: [8]. Original gilt paper-covered slipcase, color pictorial silk onlays, pink paper lining. Printed title label unevenly trimmed and mounted to front pastedown of almanac; a few faint spots to slipcase. Housed in custom clamshell box with separate compartments for almanac and slipcase.

Petite Parisian “almanach galant” in a deluxe hand-colored silk publisher’s binding. Le Fuel and Delaunay (sometimes spelled De Launay, as here) were among the premiere French publishers of these decorative literary annuals, often presented as New Year’s gifts. The diminutive volumes followed a familiar formula: an allegorical title-page vignette; steel-engraved illustrations after paintings of the French, Flemish, and Italian schools; blank “souvenir” sheets decorated with medallions, figures, or scenic views; and popular literary selections by writers like Rabelais, Tissot, and Deschamps, all included in this 1833 almanac. Le Fuel and Delaunay offered a custom option as well: a notice in this volume invites readers to submit a favorite work of poetry or prose by mail, before the first of May, to have that piece inserted in their personal copy of the following year’s edition. The bindings on these gift almanacs ranged from ordinary card covers (priced at 2 to 4 francs) to more luxurious bindings of calf, morocco, velvet, or silk, priced at 20 to 25 francs. While marketed to women, the almanacs could be enjoyed by readers of all ages, as the editors hastened to note: “Que le recueil que nous leur offrons peut être laissé dans toutes les mains. La jeunesse n’y trouvera rien de dangereux n’y d’équivoque” (Grand-Carteret, Les Almanachs Français. Paris, 1896. 1501, the general entry for the series). A beautifully preserved example.

Price: $1,500.00

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