Kate Greenaway’s Almanacks Series
These small books measured only 3-7/8 by 2-13/16 inches. They were published annually from 1883 to 1895. A similar volume for 1897 was published in diary format. The volume for 1884 measured 5-3/16/ by 3-5/8 inches. Foreign editions were also published which, while they had the same illustrations had different material for the days of the month, e.g. saints’ days.
Books in the Kate Greenaway’s Almanacks series:
Almanack for 1883 (1882)
These little almanacs have one page for each month, giving the days of the week, e.g. August 1, Wednesday. There are two illustrations per month and six full page color illustrations. They were published in several different bindings. Read online at the University of Florida.
Almanack for 1884 (1883)
This second Almanack added zodiacal information and notable events for each day of the year as ‘February 1 Pheasant shooting ends.’ There is only one illustration per month based on the zodiacal sign along with a frontispiece and the cover illustration. Again there were multiple bindings. Read online at archive.org.
Almanack for 1885 (1884)
Similar to the first Almanac with full page plates, one illustration per month. Moon phases are given and only the days of the week and the Sundays are given. Read online at the University of Florida.
Almanack for 1886 (1885)
The format is similar to the prior year with only days of the week and Sundays for each day of the month, moon phases, single illustration per month, four seasons pictures. There were multiple bindings and cover images. Read online at the University of Florida.
Almanack for 1887 (1886)
This edition is in landscape rather than portrait format. Makeup was similar with the addition of two pages of poems by classic authors. Read online at the University of Florida.
No astronomical information was included this year and the poems were dropped. This is an example of the gold embossed cover style. Read online at NYPL.
This was the seventh of the almanacks. Some of the illustrations had previously appeared in Mavor’s The English Spelling-Book, published in 1885. Read online at NYPL.
This edition follows the standard format of days of the week, Sundays and important holy days for each date with a single picture per month and full page season illustrations. The black backgrounds are quite striking. Read online at NYPL.
This edition follows the standard layout of one picture per month, days of the week, Sundays and holy days noted for each date, with season illustrations. This is the gilt cover edition. Read online at the University of Florida.
This edition follows the usual format, but the phases of the moon are reinstated. Read online at NYPL.
This year’s almanack features full-page illustrations for each month, with moon phases and additional liturgical dates. Read online at archive.org.
Format for this year was expanded to thirty-six pages with full-page illustrations for each month, phases of the moon, and major religious feasts listed for the days of the month. Read online at NYPL.
The illustrations for this year’s Almanack had previously appeared in Mavor’s The English Spelling-Book, published in 1885. This continued the thirty-six page format of the previous year. Read online at NYPL.
This final issue included blank pages for notes. Read online at NYPL.
Almanack for 1924 (1923)
The cover illustration is new, but the interior illustrations are all from the 1883 Almanack.
Almanack for 1925 (1924)
This edition used the illustrations from the 1887 Almanack.
Almanack for 1926 (1925)
This edition used the illustrations from the 1890 Almanack.
Almanack for 1927 (1926)
This edition of the Almanack uses the illustrations from the 1891 version.