London: Published for the Proprietor, by Hurst, Chance, and Co., . First edition of a compilation of original work from contemporary authors, including William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Mary Shelley (1797-1851, referred to here as “The Author of Frankenstein”), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), all of whom contributed several writings. In his Preface, Reynolds notes that the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Moore were published posthumously. According to the Oxford DNB, “The most notable contributor to The Keepsake…was William Wordsworth, who [wrote]…a sonnet on the mysterious gravestone in Worcester Cathedral which bears on it the simple word ‘Miserrimus’ (‘Most Wretched’). Neither Wordsworth or Reynolds was aware that the person commemorated was Thomas Morris (1659-1748), a non-juring divine. Engraved frontisportrait, vignette title-page, and sixteen plates. Binding extremities worn, cloth slightly soiled. Both title-pages, frontisportait and first leaf slightly loose, but holding. Plates very lightly foxed Bookseller’s ticket to upper corner of front pastedown, small binder’s ticket on rear pastedown. A very good copy. Publisher’s red silk cloth, gilt-lettered spine. All edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Octavo. viii, 360 pp. Item #16460
Frederic Mansel Reynolds (1800/1-1850) was a novelist, journal editor, and the son of playwright Frederick Reynolds (1764-1841). He was the editor of the literary Keepsake series from 1828 to 1835 and 1830 to 1839. The Keepsake was a costly production, known especially for its high quality illustrations. Reynolds also wrote The Parricide, a Domestic Romance and the three-volume The Coquette (1834), both of which are novels.