1827 Richard Cox Broadside: A Curious Novelty! Ages of Man

CuriousNovelty-richardcox-1827
$375.00
Curious Novelty! Differentable, & probable Ages of Man compared to a Tropical Day.
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1827 Richard Cox Broadside: A Curious Novelty! Ages of Man

CuriousNovelty-richardcox-1827

Unusual diagram correlating the Tropical Day, with the Zodiac, with Biblical scripture, with the 'Ages of Man.'
$375.00

Title


Curious Novelty! Differentable, & probable Ages of Man compared to a Tropical Day.
  1827 (dated)    17 x 21.75 in (43.18 x 55.245 cm)

Description


This is a very peculiar 1827 lithograph broadside by Richard Cox, an English East Indian, associating the 'ages of man' with scripture, and the 'Duration of a Tropical Day.' The broadside is entitled 'Curious Novelty!', which we find apt. The author states,
The use of this Tropical Dial, is to show Mankind, both religiously and morally like, a Watch does the Hours of A Day, the different passing Period, and Ages of Man, in order that they may enjoy this Life with Taste and Judgement.
The 'Comparative, Rational, and Tropical Dial' on the right side of the document corresponds physical age in years to periods of the day and labels each period of life according. There is, for instance the 'Age of Reason and Judgment' in the 30s. The 40s are considered an 'Age of Avarice and Accumulating Riches,' followed by the 'Age of Approaching Infirmity,' 'Age of Decrepitude,' and 'Age of Total Inability.' Around the dial are notations associated with the horoscope, and times of day. This is one of the more novel approaches to the 'Ages of Man' that we have seen.

Condition


Average. Has some older fold damage, overall toning, and soiling. The whole has been laid down on heavy archival paper.