Two 1789 English pamphlets bound together. First is The Ladie's Dairy : Woman's Almanack, which apart from more standard items, includes many articles related to advanced mathematics. Second is the much scarcer Supplement for the same year. It also includes scientific and mathematical queries.
Image of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, and stanza below praising her.
48 pages (note that last page number printed upside down).
Marbled soft cover. Spine missing bit at top, Some corner folds.
16 x 10 cm.
Author/Creator: Charles Hutton (1737-1823)
The Ladies' Diary: or, Woman's Almanack appeared annually in London from 1704 to 1841 after which it was succeeded by The Lady's and Gentleman's Diary. It featured material relating to calendars etc. including sunrise and sunset times and phases of the moon, as well as important dates (eclipses, holidays, school terms, etc.), and a chronology of remarkable events.
The subtitle indicated its serious purpose: "Containing New Improvements in ARTS and SCIENCES, and many entertaining PARTICULARS: Designed for the USE AND DIVERSION OF THE FAIR SEX." These included riddles (called enigmas), rebuses, charades, scientific queries, and mathematical questions. A typical volume in the series included answers submitted by readers to problems posed the previous year and a set of new problems, nearly all proposed by readers. Both puzzle and answer (revealed the following year) were often in verse. Each cover featured a picture of a prominent English woman.