Title: Demoraine Almanac 1811
Publisher: Demoraine, rue du Petit Pont No.18, Paris.
Publication Date: 1810
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Engraved 12 months of year with moon phases to top & days of month & saints below. Published by Demoraine, later Demoraine et Boucquin. 2 folding calendars. Some folds split with later repairs.Silver spine, clasp and hinge with extended silver endcaps; mother-of-pearl covers (lower corners very slightly chipped); text attached by original sewn blue cord (separated at bottom). Charming, possibly Dutch, continental binding with original four silver nail heads attaching covers to spine. 34 x 67 mm. Contemporary silver and mother-of-pearl continental binding. De-luxe example of popular format of easily carried diary -type almanac. Shortly after this miniature book was printed and sold by Jean-Baptiste Demoraine in Paris, he wrote to the minister of justice, February 8, 1811, protesting his suppression after the implementation of the regulation of 1810, which limited the number of printers in the city to eighty. As the suppression of the Paris printer Demoraine, "printer from father to son for over one hundred years," makes clear, the new regulation did not represent a simple victory of the "old" printers over the "new," but of the bigger (minimum of four presses)and wealthier printers over the smaller ones and explains why he agreed to merge his publishing concerns with Boucquin later that year. 1811 was also a pivotal year in European history, marking the stalemate of the Napoleonic Peninsular War before the eventual defeat of the Grand Army. Not in Bondy, not in Grand-Carteret, not in Spielmann, not in Welsh. Pistner, Matter of Size, 136 for an extremely similar binding with a slightly less attractive clasp than this one. Seller Inventory # 5263