A perpetual calendar fit for a King…

By Anonymous, 1710 

[Perpetual Calendar] Cadran Annuel de Cabinet.

Planetaria, calendars, and dials
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publication place: Paris
  • Publisher: se vend à Paris chez l’Auteur rue de Grenelle quartier St Honoré. Et chez Limosin rue de Gesvre au grand Coeur Avec Privilege du Roi
  • Publication date: 1710.
  • Physical description: Engraving in fine original hand-colouring heightened with gold and silver, mounted on cardboard as issued, three movable volvelles.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 280mm. (16.25 by 11 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2971


A calendar for the year 1710–1736.

The presentation copy of this perpetual calendar was made for King Louis XIV and kept in his personal cabinet, Presenté au Roi le 13 Janvier 1710 et se conserve dans le Cabinet de sa Majesté”. This copy is dedicated to Louis-­‐Nicolas Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Baron de Breteuil et de Preuilly, the Introducer of Ambassadors and foreign Princes to the King. The circular calendar is surrounded by figures of the Four Seasons, and shows the phases of the moon, new moons, age of the moon and dates of the month. The two smaller dials add information on years, solar cycles, months, zodiac signs, feast days, length of the day, etc.