Beeton’s Christmas Annual.
S. O. Beeton, 248, Strand, W.C.
Fifth season, 1864 - thirteenth season, 1872. edited by the publisher. [titles of principal stories in each issue]: 5, nvmber seven. the story of somebody's son; 6, hatch-ups or, stories told in the dark, 7, no secret at all; 8, nine of us; 9, money lent; 10, this way out or, modern pilgrims; 11, liberty hall. or, the modern decameron; 12, bagh o bahar; 13, the coming k-.
NINE ANNUAL ISSUES BOUND TOGETHER. 4to. 7.25 x 9.5 inches. 96 pp. + 96 pp. + 82 pp. + 92 +  pp advertisements + 80 pp. + 84 pp. +  + pp. advertisements + 90 +  pp. +  pp. advertisements + 96 pp. + 75 pp. +  pp., including 7 pp. advertisements. Title and contents pages, Fifth- Seventy Seasons only. Text in double columns. Bound in contemporary half brown morocco over green cloth; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting green morocco title label, gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Slight foxing of title page and a little offsetting of some illustrations in the last issue, but otherwise a very good clean copy. Bookplate of Mr. James Clifford and his signature on second free endpaper. Illustrated by 2 tinted, 2 black and white and 3 chromolithograph plates and throughout text in black and white. decorated by ornamental titles and by initials. Beeton's Christmas Annual appeared in paper bound parts from 1860 to 1898. It was one of the enterprises of the publisher, Samuel Orchart Beeton (1831-78), who also issued The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine and The Boy's Own Magazine. He encouraged his wife, Isabella (1836-65) to write the Beeton's Book of Household Management, which he first published in parts 1859-61, before its subsequent success as a book. Beeton sold his titles for a while to Ward, Lock, but continued to produce them. In 1872 there was a falling out with the firm over his anti-monarchist views expressed in the Annual (see for instance The Rise of the British Republic, article in the Twelfth Season issue) After two court cases over the use of the Beeton name he regained his independence in 1875, but without his titles. The annual is notable for the quality of its frequently satirical, illustrations, which in one instance in The Story of a Dy-Nasty features an early example of a strip cartoon layout (see Tenth Season).
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