SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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NORTON, Caroline & Charles Mackay (Eds)
The scrapbooks of a famous British society beauty and poet - Fisher's drawing room scrap-book.

Literary annuals and gift books were anthologies of poems, short stories, and illustrations published in a volume annually. The Annuals were at their most popular from 1826-to 1842. In November 1822, Rudolph Ackermann published the first literary annual 'Forget me Not' for 1823 and started a literary publishing fashion that lasted until the 1850s. By 1825 there were already two rivals; in 1826, there were eight; in 1830, some forty-three; in 1850, only eleven; and after 1860, the trend had virtually died out.

London & Paris: Fisher, Son & Co., Peter Jackson, 1847-1852
London & Paris: Fisher, Son & Co., Peter Jackson, 1847-1852

6 vols. 4to. Contemporary elaborately gilt-decorated cloth, gilt edges. With six steel engraved titles, 210 full-page steel engraved plates with scenery, portraits, and personifications after designs by Th. Allom, J. Herbert etc. 80; 66; 76; 72; 64; 64 pp. Nice set of scrapbooks, published annually, with poetry and accompanying plates with scenery, portraits, etc., edited by Caroline Norton (1808-1877) followed later by Charles Mackay. Caroline Norton wrote most of the poems in the scrapbooks from 1846 to 1849. Good set.- Foxing throughout, two plates loose in vols 4 and 5.