1889 Illustrated CALENDARIA BOTANICA RIDICULOSO satirical art publication
Extraordinary (and extraordinarily scarce) copy of a single-sheet, folded concertina-style calendar/book of 12 pages and front cover
This is an extraordinary (and extraordinarily scarce) copy of a single-sheet, folded concertina-style calendar/book of 12 pages and front cover. The few copies of similar calendars that exist appear to be from 1877 - the front cover of this gives the year as 1889.
There is one month per page, each depicting an imaginary satirical/humorous plant with its Latin name, e.g. FEBRUARY: Cupido Wiltrapia; DECEMBER - Bigturkis Sausagia - the sort of Victorian nonsense humour inspired by Edward Lear.
The 12 months' pictures, all printed in gold and rich colours, are identical in content and print quality to the 1877 examples found for sale at online bookstores. The front paper case appears to be less richly printed, though the design/illustration and wording are identical:
HICUM! PERIDICUM! ALL CLOTHED IN GREEN - THE KING COULD NOT TELL IT NO MORE COULD THE QUEEN - SO THEY SENT TO CONSULT WISE MEN FROM THE EAST, WHO SAID IT HAD HORNS THOUGH IT WAS NOT A BEAST.
No backpiece with the year design (the 1877 version perhaps being too ornate or expensive to recreate from scratch). Very slight tear on right edge of December. Otherwise a touch of wear to the top edge of the front cover, but overall very good condition for this type of fragile production. If anything, harder to find than the 1877 original.