A Perpetual Calendar

Method Copper engraved with early hand colour
Artist John Fairburn
Published Published July 9th 1797 by John Fairburn, 146 Minories, London.
Dimensions Image 135 x 80 mm, Sheet 145 x 105 mm
Notes A trade card for the publisher, printseller, and stationer John Fairburn, featuring a perpetual calendar as a roundel at centre. The month is laid out in a table of 5 columns of horizontal dates, with a separately printed moveable panel inscribed with the days of the week, allowing the viewer to adjust the calendar for each month. In a circular border surrounding the table, the months of the year are shown, along with a count of their days in roman numerals. The title of the calendar is enclosed in a ribbon above. Two boxes of text above and below the calendar provide prices for the various printed articles sold by Fairburn, including receipt stamps of various values in the top box, and notes, bills, and other reminders of outstanding payments at bottom.

John Fairburn (fl.1789-1840) was a British printseller, bookseller, stationer, and publisher, likely one of a family of printsellers and publishers of the same surname including George, Samuel, John Butler, and Sarah Ann. Best known for publishing mezzotint drolls and caricatures, he also produced calendars, broadsides, advertisements, letterheads, and personal stationary.

Condition: Uniform time toning and dirt staining to card, with some ink staining and water staining. Manuscript price annotations to right of bottom text, in old hand. Pin holes to centre top of card. Minor creasing to left corners of card. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £375.00
Stock ID 52610