JANUARY 19TH KALENDAR OF SHEPHERDS

January from Nicholas Breton’s ‘Fantasticks 1626 from the Kalendar of Shepherds (digitised by Internet Archive)

The Kalendar was printed in 1493 in Paris and provided ‘Devices for the 12 Months.’ This is a modern (1908) reconstruction of it using wood cuts from the original and adding various text from 16th and 17th Century sources. The text of the month is provided from a 17th Century source and provides an interesting view of what was going on in the country-side in January. To see the full Kalendar go here:

The ‘coney is so ferreted that she cannot keep in her borough’ says Nicholas Breton (the rabbit is so hunted she cannot keep in her burrow’. So I will use an illustration from the London Illustrated Almanac of 1873 which chose the Rabbit as its wild animal of the month.

London Illustrated Almanac of 1873
January from London Illustrated Almanac of 1873

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