1746 Dutch Pocket Almanac in the original binding

1746 Almanac front cover 1746 Almanac.png 1746 Almanac front cover flap 1746 almanac title page 1746 almanac engraving 1746 almanac manuscript notes Amsterdam Stock Exchange


[ALMANAC]. Jan Albertsz van Dam (1670-1746). D'Erven Stichters Comptoir Almanach, Op't Jaar onses Heeren Jesu Christi 1746. Voorsien met alle de Jaar-, Paarden-, Beesten- en Leer-markten. Als mede de Vacantien, het varen der Trek-schuyten en Beurt-schepen, het Reysen der Posten en Boden, &c. Nevens de Maans Op en Ondergang, Door Jan Albertsz van Dam.

Amsterdam, Gerrit Bos for Hendrik & Abraham Lammertyn, 1746.

(15.5 x 10 cm). 63 non-foliated leaves, of which 35 are blank leaves.

Publisher’s supple green vellum cover with enclosure flap, impressively stamped with a large armorial emblem of the city of Amsterdam and the date of publication, 1746. Minor rubbing to the exterior and some a faint whisper of spotting, but a lovely and exceptionally well-preserved copy. Rare item and especially uncommon in this condition.

Notably included in this copy, a four-leaf gathering distinguishing it from other editions issued in Amsterdam by the same editor (Jan Albertsz van Dam): a list of 373 sworn brokers (gezwooren makelaars) of the city of Amsterdam, the names of the officers of the brokerage Guild, and the names of 32 Jewish brokers and merchants (Joodsche makelaars) are listed. These pocket-sized annual almanacs were meant for merchants and businessmen, and often offered as presentation or promotional copies by the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, or VOC). In addition to the list of brokers, the engraved title page, which bears the city's coat of arms and a vignette of the stock exchange itself, emphasizes the link between the VOC and Amsterdam as a financial capital of Europe, and a symbol of power. And finally, a New Year’s Blessing for the brokers and merchants.

The complete illustrated description is here: Amsterdam almanac 1746.pdf