Index of Editors and Publishers
of British Literary Annuals
Published 1823-1830

This table has been compiled from my inspection of annuals, Faxon's Literary Annuals & Gift Books (1823-1903) (with my corrections and emendations) and Boyle's An Index to the Annuals (1820-1850). Faxon provided a bibliographic description, publisher, editor and years published in his index.  However, many of the volumes were described based on second and even third-hand knowledge, which has created many errors in the index.

Luckily, many of these titles can be found throughout the United States in university collections, including the New York Public Library-CRL, Yale University, University of South Carolina, American Antiquarian Society (predominantly American), Brown University, Library of Congress and Fales Library (NYU). I have reviewed several of the more popular titles in the collections of the New York Public Library (and from my own personal collection).  Some of the annuals have been re-bound in library bindings.  However, the NYPL Rare Book and Pforzheimer Collections house volumes in their original paper boards and/or in the fashion of nineteenth-century contemporary bindings. 

I have included some of the more popular titles just barely beyond the 1830 boundary to emphasize the evolution of the genre (e.g., Heath's Book of Beauty was a late entry into the annual publishing field; however, this annual was borne of the demand for "beauty" in the annuals and was the progenitor of subsequent imitators).  For a complete review of the numerous (or "epidemic," as it has been described) titles published 1830-1856 (the heyday of the annuals phenomenon), see Faxon's "Chronological Index" (129-40), which lists British and American titles published between 1823 and 1902. (Click here to view a sample of that index within this hypertext.)

The titles in blue are the first volumes of popular annuals. Where appropriate, editors' names are linked to their list of contributions to the annuals.  
 

Annual Title

Year

Size

Publisher

Editor

Ackermann's Juvenile Forget Me Not (1830-1837) 1830 
  R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
Affection's Gift (1830-33, 44) 1830  
1829  
Affection's Offering (1830-33, 44) 1830  
Amaranth (circa 1832) 1832 5 x 2 Renshaw & Co.  
Amulet (1826-36) 1826 5 x 3
Also issued in large paper
W. Baynes & Sons Hall, S.C.
1827 5 x 3 W. Baynes & Son and Wightman & Cramp Hall, S.C.
1828 5 x 3 W. Baynes & Son and Wightman & Cramp Hall, S.C.
1829 5 x 3 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis and Wightman & Co. Hall, S.C.
1830 5 x 3 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis Hall, S.C.
1831 5 x 3 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis Hall, S.C.
1832 5 x 3 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis Hall, S.C.
1833 5 x 3 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis; William Jackson, NY Hall, S.C.
Anniversary (1829-30) 1829 7 x 5; large paper
9 x 5
John Sharpe Cunningham, Allan
1830   [Partially prepared but never published]  
Apollo's Gift, or the musical souvenir (1830-31) 1830 quarto Willis & Co. Clementi, Ed. & M. and J.B. Cramer
Bijou (1828-30) 1828 6 x 4 Wm. Pickering Fraser, William
1829 6 x 4 Wm. Pickering Fraser, William
1830 6 x 4 Wm. Pickering Fraser, William
Blossoms at Christmas (1825-26) 1825 5 x 3 J. Poole  
1826  
Cabinet Album (1830-32) 1830   Hurst & Co.  
Cabinet of Curiosities (1829) 1829    
Carcanet (1828, 2nd edition in 1830) 1828   Wm. Pickering  Nicolas, Sir Harris
1830   Wm. Pickering Nicolas, Sir Harris
Casket (1829) 1829 8 x 5 John Murray  
Christian Forget Me Not (1829 or 30) 1829   Thomas Holmes  
Christian Souvenir (1830, 42) 1830 8 x 5    
Christmas Box (1828-29, 32) 1828 6 x 4 Wm. Harrison Ainsworth Croker, T. Crofton
1829 6 x 3 John Ebers & Co. Croker, T. Crofton
Comic Annual (1830-39, 42) 1830 6 x 4 Charles Tilt Hood, Thomas
1831 6 x 4 Charles Tilt Hood, Thomas
1832 6 x 4 Charles Tilt Hood, Thomas
1833 6 x 4 Charles Tilt Hood, Thomas
Continental Annual (1832) 1832 7 x 4
large paper, proof before letters
Smith Elder & Co. Kennedy, William
Emanuel (1830)  1830   Maunder Shepherd, Rev. Wm.
Excitement (1830-45) 1830    
First Flowers (1825-29) 1825   Poole  
1826   Poole  
1827   Poole  
1828   Poole  
1829   Poole  
Fisher's Drawing Room Scrapbook (1832-54) 1832 11 x 8 H. Fisher, R. Fisher & P. Landon, Letitia Elizabeth  (vol.1 only)
Fisher's National Portrait Gallery (1830-33) 1830   Jerden, Wm.
Forget Me Not (1823-47) 1823 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Coombe, William (?)
1824 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1825 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1826 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1827 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1828 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1829 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1830 5 x 3 R. Ackermann & Co. Shoberl, Frederic
1831 5 x 3 R. Ackermann Shoberl, Frederic
1832 6 x 3 R. Ackermann and Carey & Lea, Philadelphia Shoberl, Frederic
Friendship's Offering (1824-44) 1824 5 x 3 Lupton Relfe Hervey, Thomas K.
1825 5 x 3 Lupton Relfe Hervey, Thomas K.
1826 5 x 3 Lupton Relfe Hervey, Thomas K.
1827 5 x 3 Lupton Relfe Hervey, Thomas K. and B.E. Pote
1828 5 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. Knight, Charles
1829 5 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. Pringle, Thomas
1830 6 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. Pringle, Thomas
1831 6 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. Pringle, Thomas
1832 6 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. Pringle, Thomas
1833 6 x 3 Smith, Elder & Co. (absorbed Winter's Wreath w/this issue) Pringle, Thomas
Gem (1829-32) 1829 6 x 3
also issued large paper: 7 x 4
Wm. Marshall Hood, Thomas
1830 6 x 4 Wm. Marshall Hood, Thomas
Gem of Art, 100 steel plates selected from Keepsake, Heath's annuals, etc. (1830, 34) 1830 folio    
The Graces or Literary Souvenir
(1825 contd. as Literary Souvenir by Alaric Watts)
1824   Hurst, Robinson & Co. Croly, Rev. George
Heath's Book of Beauty (1833-47 & continued as "Book of Beauty" 1848) 1833 7 x 4 Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green & Longman Landon, Letitia Elizabeth
(Countess of Blessington after)
Hommage aux dames (1825) (Also a French almanac of the same name printed 1813-?.) 1825   John Setts, Jr.  
Iris (1830-31) 1830 6 x 4 Sampson Low & Hurst, Chance Dale, Rev. Thomas
Johnson's Shooter's Annual (1830) 1830   Johnson  
Juvenile Forget Me Not [different from Ackermann's Juvenile] (1828-32) 1828  
1829 6 x 4 N. Hailes Hall, Mrs. S.C.
1830 6 x 4 N. Hailes Hall, Mrs. S.C.
1831 6 x 4 Frederick Westley & A.H. Davis Hall, Mrs. S.C.
1832 6 x 4 Westley & Davis Hall, Mrs. S.C.
1833 6 x 4 R. Ackermann Hall, Mrs. S.C.
Juvenile Keepsake (1829-30, 35) 1829 6 x 4 Hurst, Chance & Co. Roscoe, Thomas
1830    
Juvenile Landscape Annual (1830) 1830    
Keepsake (1828-61) 1828 7 x 4 Hurst, Chance & Co. Founded by engraver, Charles Heath and publisher, William Ainsworth (Christmas Box)
1829 7 x 4 Hurst, Chance & Co. Reynolds, Frederic Mansel
1830 7 x 4 Hurst, Chance & Co. Reynolds, Frederic Mansel
1831 7 x 4 Hurst, Chance & Co. Reynolds, Frederic Mansel
Keepsake Francais (1830-31) 1830   Whittaker Watts, Mrs. A.A.
Landscape Annual (1830-39)
(issued in 2 vols: literature & engravings vol. separate)
1830 7 x 5
issued on large paper; proof impressions on India paper
Robert Jennings & William Chaplin Roscoe, Thomas
Laurel (1830) 1830   Sharpe  
Literary Bluebook (1830) 1830   Marsh  
Literary Gem (1830) 1830 7 x 4    
Literary Souvenir (1825-35)
[replaced by "Cabinet of Modern Art" 1836-37, 42]
1825 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
Hurst, Robinson & Co. Watts, Alaric
1826 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
Hurst, Robinson & Co. Watts, Alaric
1827 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Alaric
1828 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Alaric
1829 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Alaric
1830 5 x 4
large paper: 7 x 4
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Alaric
1831 5 x 3
large paper: 7 x 4
  Watts, Alaric
Looking Glass, a caricature annual (1830-35) 1830 folio McLean  
Lyre (1830-31) 1830    
Musical Bijou (1830-32, 36, 37, 49-52) 1830 9 x 11 Goulding and D'Almaine Burney, F.H.
Musical Forget Me Not (1830-31) 1830 4to    
Musical Gem (1829-33, 35, 45) 1829 4to   Mori, Nicolas and William Ball
1830 4to   Mori, Nicolas and William Ball
Musical Souvenir (1830) 1830    
Nautilus (1829) 1829    
New Year's Gift (1829-36) 1829 5 x 3 Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Mrs. A.A.
1830 5 x 3 Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Watts, Mrs. A.A.
Offering (1829, 33, 34)
(1829 volume followed by "Iris"; 1833 & 34 volumes were new editions titled "Juvenile Keepsake")
1829   Dale, Rev. Thomas
Pledge of Friendship (1826-28, 31) 1826   Marshall  
1827   Marshall  
1828   Marshall  
Poetical Album (1825-29) 1825   Hurst & Co. Watts, Alaric
1826   Hurst & Co. Watts, Alaric
1827   Hurst & Co. Watts, Alaric
1828   Hurst & Co. Watts, Alaric
1829   Hurst & Co. Watts, Alaric
Poole's Royal Sovereign (1827) 1827 4 x 3 J. Poole  
Remember Me (1825-26, 30-32) 1825 5 x 3 I. Poole  
1826 (this volume not listed in Faxon) 5 x 3 I. Poole  
1830   Darton & Clark  
Remembrance, The (1831, 38, 43) 1831   Jennings & Chaplin Roscoe, Thomas
Royal Sovereign (1827) 1827   Toole Toole
Souvenir Litteraire de France (1829) 1829   Longman & Co. Watts, Alaric
Times Telescope (1828-31) 1828   Sherwood  
1829   Sherwood  
1830   Sherwood  
Troubadour, a vocal souvenir (1828) 1828    
Winter's Wreath (Liverpool) (1828-32) [merged with Friendship's Offering 1833] 1828      
1829 6 x 3 Geo. Smith & George B. Whittaker  
1830 6 x 3 Whittaker, Treacher & Co.; Wardle in Philadelphia  
1831 6 x 3 Whittaker, Treacher & Co.; Wardle in Philadelphia  
Young Gentleman's Library (1829) 1829 5 x 3 Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green Pinnock, M.B.
Young Ladies Book (1829) 1829   Harvey, W.
Zoological Keepsake (1830) 1830 12mo. Marsh  

Updated: 03/02/2005