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[SAUNDERS, Richard.] RIDER, Cardanus.

Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1759....

Being the third after bissextile or leap-year. Adorn'd with many delightful and useful verities, fitting all capacities in the islands of Great Britain's Monarchy. With notes of husbandry, fairs, marts, high roads, and tables for many necessary uses. Compiled for his country's benefit, by Cardanus Rider; [bound with:] New and correct lists of both houses of the eleventh Parliament of Great Britain: [summoned] to meet for their sixth session, November 23, 1758.... [Carefully] done by the compilers of the former lists, [and revis'd] by several Members of Parliament.

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Published: London Printed by R. Nutt, for the Company of Stationers; printed for John Rivington, J. Brindley, J. Jolliffe, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, Ja. Rivington [and 8 others in London], 1759 & 1758

Stock Code: 133744

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A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume. Almanacs such as this provided information on the dates of markets, lists of MP's and advise on which foods to eat at certain times of year depending on your temperament. Cardanus Rider is often said, though probably wrongly, to be the pseudonym of the medical practitioner and astrologer Richard Saunders (1613-1675), who published under his own name an almanac, Apollo Anglicanus, from 1654 until his death. Saunders was a member of the circle of William Lilly, whose own Merlin was first published in 1644; Rider's British Merlin was first published in in 1653, and was printed annually into the nineteenth century. The second work gives a list of the office holders of the senior positions in the British government and army, a type of reference book often found bound with almanacs.

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2 works bound in 1 volume, duodecimo (131 x 75 mm). Contemporary red morocco, spine lettered "1759" with rich gilt tooling to compartments, gilt roll-tooled border to covers, broken clasps (one absent), marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


20th-century ownership blindstamp of "library of Peter Curwen" to front free endpaper. Spine lightly sunned, minor rubbing at extremities, yet still an excellent copy.


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