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Frederic Shoberl


Frederic Shoberl

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 and writer. Schoberl edited The juvenile Forget-me-not In 1822 he was the founding editor of Ackermann's ‘'

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]

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, Schoberl and Henry Colburn founded and became co-proprietors of the ‘New Monthly Magazine’. For some time Schoberl was editor, writing many of the articles and reviews and editing Ackermann's magazine.[3]

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

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



  • Biography 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Selected works 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

. The Hunchback of Notre Dame and translated [2], issued at Christmas "for 1823"literary annual [1] from 1828 until 1832.

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 Ackerman 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.[5]

Schoberl 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 Dec. 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

  • 1814 -- Narrative of the Most Remarkable Events Which Occurred in and Near Leipzig...14th to the 19th October 1813 London: Ackermann (Compiled and translated from the German by Frederic shoberl)
  • 1816 -- A biographical dictionary of the living authors of Great Britain and Ireland (with John Watkins and William Upcott)[10]
  • 1816 -- A historical account, interspersed with biographical anecdotes, of the house of Saxony[11]
  • 1818 -- Suffolk; or, Original delineations, Typographical, Historical, and Descriptive, of that County. The result of personal survey by Mr. Shoberl. Illustrated with thirteen engravings and a map. London: Printed for J. Harris, corner of St. Paul's Churchyard. 1818. The Beauties of England and Wales. Vol. XIV Suffolk.
  • 1821 -- The World in Miniature
  • 1822 -- Forget-Me-Not
  • 1828 -- Persia
  • 1828 -- Austria; containing a description of the manners, customs, character and costumes of the people of that empire (Philadelphia; digital edition on the website of the Austrian National Library:
  • 1829 -- Turkey, being a description of the manners, customs, dresses and other peculiarities characteristic of the inhabitants.
  • 1839 -- The Language of Flowers.[12]
  • 1843 -- Frederick the Great, his court and times (with Thomas Campbell)[13]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b  
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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 Schoberl, 1816, accessed June 2010
  12. ^ Kramer, Jack. (2002). p. 64.The Art of Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Illustration, Its Masters and Methods,
  13. ^ Frederick the Great, his court and times, Frederic Shoberl, Thomas Campbell


  • Kramer, Jack. (2002). The Art of Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Illustration, Its Masters and Methods. New York : Watson-Guptill. 10-ISBN 0-8230-0311-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-8230-0311-2

External links

  • Forget Me Not Archive, University of Miami (in Ohio)
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