Book Description
Printed on linen, engraved surface 525 x 450 to platemark, a few brown spots, mostly in the margins, 625 x 570mm to edge of mount, with approx. 10mm folded over, framed and glazed
Dealer Notes
The first Oxford Almanack appeared in 1673. There was none in 1675, making this the eleventh in a series which has otherwise been published annually for well over 300 years. They were from the beginning produced in largish numbers, though those printed ‘upon Cloath’ were necessarily fewer. Whether on paper or cloth (early on issued as silk handkerchiefs), their ephemeral nature has entailed a low survival rate, and an example as early as this, is rare indeed. Dr. Fell took an interest in these productions, and this was the penultimate one in which he was involved.

‘On the left, on a plinth, a figure in classical armour, trampling on his enemies, is crowned by Victory. On the right is a group of figures, including a seated woman with a book and another writing the eclipses for the year on a scroll. Neptune stands in his chariot behind. In the distance is a view of Oxford [from Loggan, Oxonia illustrata, 1675, with Tom Tower added]. Oxford was at this time strongly Tory, High Church, and monarchist, and the portrayal of the triumph of Charles II over his enemies may reflect the University’s enthusiastic loyalty to the Crown following the Rye House Plot in 1683 ... The group on the plinth is from the engraving by Villamena after Goelius of the statue of Moschino ... with the head changed to a portrait of Charles II’ (Peter, The Oxford Almanacks, p. 34). The head is somewhat awkwardly placed.
Author (Oxford. University.)
Date 1684

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