Frederic Shoberl

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Frederic Shoberl
Born 1775
Died 1853
Nationality British
Other names Frederick Shoberl
Known for Editor, writer
Children two

Frederic Shoberl (1775–1853), also known as Frederick Schoberl, was an English journalist, editor, translator, writer and illustrator. Shoberl edited Forget-Me-Not , the first [1] literary annual, issued at Christmas "for 1823" [2] and translated The Hunchback of Notre Dame .

<i>Forget-Me-Not</i> (annual)

Forget-Me-Not was an illustrated British annual published by Rudolph Ackermann. It was the first literary annual in English and it was edited by Frederic Shoberl from its launch in 1822. A junior version appeared in 1828.



The title page and frontispiece from the "Forget Me Not" annual for 1823. FMN 1823 Title.jpg
The title page and frontispiece from the "Forget Me Not" annual for 1823.

Shoberl was born in London in 1775, and educated at the Moravian school at the Fulneck Moravian Settlement in West Yorkshire. [3]

Fulneck School

Fulneck School is an independent day and boarding school, situated in the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England. It provides education for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18.

Fulneck Moravian Settlement village in Pudsey in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England

Fulneck Moravian Settlement is a village in Pudsey in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1744. It is named after Fulneck, the German name of a town in Northern Moravia, Czech Republic.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

From 1809 he began editing Rudolph Ackermann's '‘Repository of Arts’' which had just started and was only at its third edition. Ackermann was seen as the populariser of aquatint engraving and his Repository of Arts was intended to cover "arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics". At the beginning of February 1814, Shoberl and Henry Colburn founded and became co-proprietors of the ‘New Monthly Magazine’. For some time Shoberl was editor, writing many of the articles and reviews and editing Ackermann's magazine. [3]

Rudolph Ackermann German-born British publisher

Rudolph Ackermann was an Anglo-German bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and businessman.

<i>Ackermanns Repository</i>

Ackermann's Repository of Arts was an illustrated British periodical published from 1809 to 1829 by Rudolph Ackermann. Although commonly called Ackermann's Repository, or, simply Ackermann's, the formal title of the journal was Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics, and it did indeed cover all of these fields. In its day, it had great influence on English taste in fashion, architecture, and literature. Ackermann employed Frederic Shoberl from the third issue in 1809 to 1828 when Shoberl moved on to similar projects.

Henry Colburn was a British publisher.

From 27 June 1818 to 27 Nov. 1819 he was printer and publisher of the ‘'Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, and Plymouth Journal'’. The latter was published in Truro in Cornwall. [2]

Truro city and civil parish in Cornwall, England

Truro is a city and civil parish in Cornwall, England. It is Cornwall's county town and only city and centre for administration, leisure and retail. Truro's population was recorded as 18,766 in the 2011 census. People from Truro are known as Truronians. As the southernmost city in mainland Britain, Truro grew as a centre of trade from its port and then as a stannary town for the tin mining industry. Its cathedral was completed in 1910. Places of interest include the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro Cathedral the Hall for Cornwall and Cornwall's Courts of Justice.

In 1822 he was the founding editor of Ackermann's ‘'The Forget-me-not'’ which was an annual, a new type of publication in England. [4] This was the first literary annual in English [1] Shoberl continued to edit the annual until 1834. Shoberl was also began overseeing Ackermann's junior annual, The juvenile Forget-me-not from 1828 until 1832.

Annual publications, more often called simply annuals, are periodical publications appearing regularly once per year. Although exact definitions may vary, types of annuals include: Calendars and almanacs, directories, yearbooks, annual reports, proceedings and transactions and literary annuals. A weekly or monthly publication may produce an Annual featuring similar materials to the regular publication. Some encyclopedias have published annual supplements that essentially summarize the news of the past year, similar to some newspaper yearbooks.

In addition to these editing tasks Shoberl was also an illustrator. He created his own hand-colored engravings for The World in Miniature: Hindoostan which was published in London by Ackermann in the 1820s. [5]

In the 1820s, Shoberl created these images of India: (1) A Seapoy in native attire; (2) a Hindu soldier; and (3) a Brigbasi. (1) A Seapoy in the Native Attire; (2) A Hindoo Soldier; (3) A Brigbasi.jpg
In the 1820s, Shoberl created these images of India: (1) A Seapoy in native attire; (2) a Hindu soldier; and (3) a Brigbasi.

Shoberl married Theodosia and they had two sons. William was an assistant to Henry Colburn, and then a publisher in Great Marlborough Street and Frederic, who was printer to Prince Albert in Rupert Street and died a year before his father. His wife died on 18 December 1838.

Shoberl died at Thistle Grove, Brompton, London, on 5 March 1853, and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery a week later. [6]


In addition to the selected works below and his illustrations, Shoberl's editing is still being viewed. The Forget-Me-Not publications are being digitised because of their value. [7] Poetry that was published includes works by Hester Thrale, Sir Walter Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft. [8] The artwork that was included has also been digitised which continues Shoberl's poetry. It was the editor and publisher's job to identify and then borrow artwork for the magazine. Many of the artists chosen were Royal Academicians and a considerable fee would have to be negotiated. Once engraved the artwork was then used to solicit accompanying texts. [9]

Selected works


Illustrations for a book called "Daring Deeds Of Elizabethan Heroes" is also work of Campbell.

  1. 1 2 History:A "Small" Genre Succeeds, Harris, Katherine D. "Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's 19th-Century Literary Annual.", Sept 2007, Poetess Archive. General Editor Laura Mandell, accessed June 2010
  2. 1 2 Wikisource-logo.svg "Shoberl, Frederic". Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. 1 2 G. C. Boase, ‘Shoberl , Frederic (1775–1853)’, rev. Nilanjana Banerji, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 1 June 2010
  4. Contributions to annuals and gift-books, James Hogg, Janette Currie, Gillian Hughes, p.xiv, 2006, accessed June 2010
  5. 1 2 Columbia University: Frances W. Pritchett, Professor of Modern Indic Languages.
  6. "Deaths". The Times. London: The Times. 8 Mar 1853. p. 9. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  7. Harris, Katherine D. "Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's 19th-Century Literary Annual." January 2007, Poetess Archive. General Editor Laura Mandell. 1 June 2010
  8. Author List, Forget Me Not Archive, accessed June 2010
  9. Index of Original Artists, Forget Me Not, Vols. (1823-1830), accessed June 2010
  10. A biographical dictionary of the living authors of Great Britain and Ireland, John Watkins, Frederic Shoberl, William Upcott, p.315-6, 1816, accessed June 2010
  11. A historical account, interspersed with biographical anecdotes, of the house of Saxony, F Shoberl, 1816, accessed June 2010
  12. Kramer, Jack. (2002). The Art of Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Illustration, Its Masters and Methods, p. 64.
  13. Frederick the Great, his court and times, Frederic Shoberl, Thomas Campbell

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