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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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1889 by Kate Greenaway (1888)

This was the seventh of the almanacks. Some of the illustrations had previously appeared in Mavor’s The English Spelling-Book, published in 1885.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1890 by Kate Greenaway (1889)

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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1924 (1923)

The cover illustration is new, but the interior illustrations are all from the 1883 Almanack.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1925 (1924)

This edition used the illustrations from the 1887 Almanack.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1926 (1925)

This edition used the illustrations from the 1890 Almanack.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Almanack for 1927 (1926)

This edition of the Almanack uses the illustrations from the 1891 version.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack and Diary for 1897 (1896)

This final issue included blank pages for notes.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack and Diary for 1929 (1928)

This edition uses the illustrations from the 1897 version.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1888 (1887)

No astronomical information was included this year and the poems were dropped. This is an example of the gold embossed cover style.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1891 (1890)

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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1892 (1891)

This edition follows the usual format, but the phases of the moon are reinstated.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1893 (1892)

This year’s almanack features full-page illustrations for each month, with moon phases and additional liturgical dates.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1894 (1893)

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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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Kate Greenaway’s Almanack for 1895 (1894)

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.

Author: Kate Greenaway
Illustrator: Kate Greenaway

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