London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and Sold by John Wilkie, . First Edition. Small 24mo (10cm.); inlaid red, white, and blue elaborately gilt-tooled morocco with central motif of an anchor surrounded by myriad floral patterns, at its head a bird, at its foot a bee, marbled endpapers; housed in matching chemise with miniature hand-colored decorative elements to both covers depicting the repeating image of a couple sitting beneath a tree on a riverbank; 48pp. [A-B12], the first gathering interleaved with blanks, the second gathering bound out of order but complete; title page and first gathering printed in red and black. Inoffensive pinpoint touchups to upper cover extremities and chemise, chemise leather a bit rubbed and darkened, contemporary ownership signature to front flyleaf, contemporary cricket-shaped stain on p. 13; a Very Good copy in an exquisite contemporary deluxe binding. Below title page imprint: "Price 8 d. Stitch'd." Item #1239
Published under the authorship of John Goldsmith, the 17th-century publisher who first began calculating and issuing almanacs in the 1660s and whose name continued to be used more than a century later. The text of this example in the standard format, opening with a daily table providing the lunar phases and weather forecasts ("Clowdy with rain or snow," "Seasonable weather now," "Fine warm weather, sometimes flying showers," etc.); followed by a list of solar ingresses, eclipses, the dates of the British royal family; holidays; and finally a list of remarkable historical and contemporary events. OCLC locates one copy of this edition as of July, 2020, at the Huntington. ESTC T35691 adds the British Library. No physical copies in COPAC or KVK.