London, England: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1777. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Item #26884
Twenty-two issues of this yearly British almanac, bound in one volume; consecutive and inclusive from the 1777 issue to 1797. These are printed in red & black, have the tax stamps on the margins of the title pages and are of 32 pages' length, with exceptions or notes as below: 1782: On page 31, the section "VI Rebus, by Mr. R. Richardson, of Frosterly" has been solved, with the manuscript letters & names of clues neatly written at the margins. 1786: pgs 1-2 + 15-32; However, another issue is bound after this incomplete issue, that is entire in 48 pages. These almanacs are noted on the title pages as printed for the Company of Stationers; and this "extra" issue is noted on the title page as "Printed for T. Carnan, in St. Paul's Church Yard; who, after an expensive Suit in Law and Equity, by the unanimous Opinion of the Judges of the Court of Common Please, dispossessed the Stationers' Company of their pretended exclusive Privilege of Printing Almanacks, which they had usurped for two Centuries; a convincing Proof that no unjust Monopoly will ever stand the Test of an English Court of Justice." 1788: pgs 1-2 + 15-32 only. 1793 Misbound, pages out of order and complete, 32 pages. 1795: A name of "Old Batholomew" has been added in ms. at the 4th Sept. in the monthly almanac pages section. 1797 pgs 1-16 only. "The existence of the Ladies' Diary or the Woman's Almanack, an 18th century English magazine devoted largely to problems and puzzles in mathematics, indicates that stereotypes about the inability of women to understand and enjoy mathematics were less strongly believed in the 18th century than they are today….The Ladies' Diary became one of the widely read 18th century magazines devoted to the popularization of science and mathematics; these were addressed mainly to readers with no specialized training in the subjects…The Ladies' Diary differed from these others primarily in the language used in some of the problems--language which reminds the reader that the problems were addressed to women…" (from the excellent overview of the magazine, its influence & impact by Teri Perl, San Francisco State Univ., Historia Mathematica 6 1979 article on the 'Diary…') (Indecipherable by us) previous owner name on back endpaper.Approx. 4" x 6 3/8" size; bound in marbled-paper covered boards, leather corners, edges tinted yellow; spine covering gone; wear to the edges, tips of the binding; bottom cord of top board let go; the block still solidly sewn, some edges trimmed close; contents generally clean and in good condition.