The Fixed ìYearalî Proposed to Replace Changing Almanaks and Calendars . . .
1914.·[Wrapper imprint:] New Westminster, B. C.:
by Cotsworth, Moses.
[Wrapper imprint:] New Westminster, B. C.: International Almanak Reform League, 1914. First edition.. Some soiling to the later heavy cloth wrappers but internally only a trifle dust-soiled; a very good copy.. 8vo, wire stitched into original pictorial wrappers and bound into contemporary canvas-backed map wrappers titled in autograph ink,  pages (with erratic pagination, some pages numbered as plates, etc.). A characteristic engaging work of rational calendar reform from Moses B. Cotsworth (1859-1943), who proposes a return to a rational adapted lunar calendaróa system which will in turn bestow great economic and social benefits upon the human race. Cotsworth also plumbs in great detail the mysteries of the pyramids (their proportions relate to the arc of the sky), the myriad uses of obelisks as calendars, history of timekeeping and calendar reform, etc. Cotsworth may have relocated to Canada in part because of the enthusiastic reception his reform proposals met with from the Royal Society of Canada and the Standard Time reformer Sir Sandford Fleming. Cotstworthís arguments here that the year 1918 would be most suitable for implementing his reforms of course met a martial roadblock in the course of world affairs. The insertions and erratic pagination echo slightly that of his earlier Rational Almanac (1904), suggesting here as it did then something of a restless intellect. Contemporary ink ownership signature at the head of the printed front wrapper. (Inventory #: 17559)
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