Bibliographic Descriptions
for Forget Me Not
Volumes 1823-1830

Literary annuals were initially printed and sold with paper boards and re-bound in leather by the owner. This format changed around 1829 when publishers of the Keepsake (another popular literary annual) began printing the annual in a large codex form embellished with silk-covered boards.

Despite the alteration in production of the annual, owners often re-bound their annuals in the standard leather binding consistent with his/her personal library.  Consequently, the bindings and covers vary greatly among volumes within the same year.  The bibliographic descriptions include descriptions of unique bindings and boards from volumes of the Forget Me Not which I have inspected personally (indicated by
blue text). As a result, the bindings and boards described here may or may not be consistent with other volumes from the same year.       

The basic bibliographic descriptions are culled from
Frederick W. Faxon's Literary Annuals and Gift Books: A Bibliography 1823-1903. Bracketed entries are my additions to the bibliographic description; green entries are corrections to Faxon's enumerative bibliography.  Click on the
FMN title to view the facsimiles and transcripts for that volume.

(1298) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1823. (v.1.) London, R. Ackermann. viii, 3-392 p., 14 pl., 5 x 3. [Images for this volume were provided by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.]
(1299) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1824. (v.2.) London, R. Ackermann. [Printed by J. Moyes, Greville Street.] vi, 390 p., 1l., 12p., 12 pl., 5 x 3. [Gilt edges, tooled red leather boards; sewn binding.]
(1300) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1825. (v.3.) London, R. Ackermann. [Printed by J. Moyes, Bouverie Street, Fleet Street.] [viii], 393 p., [1l., 6p., 12 pl.] [5 x 3]. [Copy 1: Original green paper-covered boards with half slipcase; Copy 2: Gilt edges, tooled red leather boards; sewn binding.]
(1301) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1826. (v.4.) London, R. Ackermann. [Printed by J. Moyes, Bouverie Street.] viii, 386p., [1l., 2p.] 13 pl., 5 x 3. [Gilt edges; original green paper-covered boards; half slipcase.]
(1302) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1827, ed. by Frederic Shoberl. (v.5.) London, R. Ackermann. [Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars.] xii, 416p., [1l.] 13 pl. and presentation pl., 5 x 3. [Gilt edges; tooled, gilded green and red leather boards; sewn binding.]
(1303) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1828, ed. by Frederic Shoberl. (v.6.) London, R. Ackermann. x, 418p., 13 pl. [and presentation pl.], 5 x 3. [Gilt edges; tooled, leather boards; sewn binding.]
(1304) Forget Me Not, a Christmas and New Year's present for 1829, ed. by Frederic Shoberl. (v.7.) London, R. Ackermann. [Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars.] x, 422p., 14 pl. [and presentation pl.], 5 x 3. [Gilt edges; original green paper-covered boards; half slipcase.]
(1305) Forget Me Not, a Christmas, New Year's and birthday present for 1830, ed. by Frederic Shoberl. (v.8.) London, R. Ackermann & Co.. x, 422p., 14 pl., 3 x 5. [Gilt edges; original green paper-covered boards.] 
Updated: 01/19/2005

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