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THE LITERARY SOUVENIR ...
The literary souvenir, and cabinet of modern art. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. New series.
London: published for the proprietor, by Whittaker and Co., 1835.
2, xiv, 224 p., engr. frontis., add. engr. t.-pl., [23] pl. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

Watts was the editor and later the proprietor of The Literary Souvenir, or, Cabinet of poetry and romance which commenced publication in 1825 as one of a number of fashionable literary annuals combining selections of prose, poetry and engravings sold around Christmas and intended primarily to be given as gifts. From 1829 to 1834 the title changed to The Literary Souvenir, and the present volume inaugurated a 'New Series' in 1835. It was succeeded the following year by The Cabinet of Modern Art, and Literary souvenir (q.v.). Before the frontispiece are two pages of publisher's advertisements for separate sets of the illustrations and excerpts from favourable reviews. Dedication to 'Sir Martin Archer Shee, P.R.A.'. All the plates in the Soane copy are printed on India-paper.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper With Mr Alaric Watts's / respectful Compliments. Attached to front free-endpaper is an ALs in ink dated Torrington Square / January 21. 1835 presenting Soane with a copy and seeking his agreement to the dedication of the following year's annual to Soane As one of the kindest and / most generous Patrons of modern art ..., and to the inclusion of an account of Soane's gallery along with permission to reproduce an engraving of an exquisitely poetical / moonlight scene by Danby illustra-/-tive of the Merchant of Venice... i.e. the painting Soane had charitably commissioned from Danby in May 1827 when the painter was in severe financial difficulties, which still hangs in the house at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. Attached to Watts's letter is a copy of Soane's reply dated 23d Jany 1835, agreeing to the arrangement and requesting the inclusion of his name on the list of subscribers to the ensuing volumes. However, no engraving of the painting was published in the annuals for 1836 or 1837, when publication ceased.

Binding C19th brown grained binder's cloth, black morocco spine-label.

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