London: Company of Stationers, 1735. (24)pp. Entirely engraved, with a four-page panorama of London from the South Bank of the Thames, sweeping across the city from St. Paul's Cathedral on the left to London Bridge on the right, with a host of church spires reaching above the buildings below. The series of London Almanacks by the Company of Stationers has an over 200-year history, briefly preceded by the Calendarium Londinense Verum, or Raven's Almanack, and continuing under the London Almanack name from 1690 through the early 1900s. Although earlier years had other illustrations, the earliest Almanack to include a London view, according to Bondy, is this 1736 edition. For a publication in which the contents and format remained basically unchanged from year to year, the introduction of this London view was a major and welcome change, as the feature became a highlight of the Almanack for the rest of its run. This panoramic scene was only included in the normal and double-size almanacs, and not in the finger or smaller variations. These views were different every year, and, according to Bondy, "provide a fascinating record of London's buildings including a number erected just before publication date." Bound in the original hand-painted paste-paper covers, with an image of Britannia across the spine. A very rare example of an early and important Company of Stationers almanac, with no recorded copies in OCLC. (Welsh 4543; Bondy, pp. 39-41; Spielmann, pp. 2-4, 107-109; See Bromer/Edison, pp. 93-94). (2 by 1 3/16; 50 x 31mm).
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