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RIDER'S BRITISH MERLIN
Rider's British Merlin: for the year ... 1796 (1809--11, 1815--24, 1826--29, 1831--33) ... Adorned 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.
London: printed for the Company of Stationers.
20 vols ; 15.1--18.0 cm. (12º)

The editions for 1796, 1809--11, 1815--24, 1826--29, 1831--33 only. Subtitle information varies. With mark of the stamp duty on the title-page, and price at the foot of the imprint. Rider's British Merlin was one of the longest-lived series of British almanacs, published from 1656 until well into the nineteenth century under the control of the Stationers' Company, which until the eighteenth century had a virtual monopoly on the lucrative almanac trade. By the eighteenth century most of the content was reproduced exactly from year to year, being 60pp. from 1761 with the title-pages printed in red and black within double-rule frame. ESTC t45034 (1796 ed.).

Copy Notes Bound as issued to precede or follow, or inserted after the preliminaries of the corresponding year's edition of The Royal Kalendar (for 1796, 1809, 1815--16, 1819--24, 1826--29, 1831--33, q.v.) or The British Imperial Calendar (1810, 1811 and 1817, q.v.). The volumes for 1809 and 1810 are additionally bound with J. Stockdale's New companion to the London and Royal Calendars (q.v.)

Binding Original contemporary plain or red sheep, gilt-ruled and dated spines.

Reference Number 319


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