Penny Library of Famous Books

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Title: Penny Library of Famous Books
Call number: Sadlier 3643
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 177 volumes (19-24 cm (crown-demy 8vo))
Date: 1896-1899
Abstract: Series of unabridged versions of classic works of English literature, published weekly--beginning with number 1 published on January 14, 1896--by George Newnes, and sold for a penny apiece. The "Penny Delightfuls" in the Penny Library of Famous Books were intended to counteract the pernicious effects of the "Penny Dreadfuls" so popular at that time.
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Biography/History

Published weekly from January 1896, Nos. 1-46 were crown 8vo in size and issued in cream wrappers, lettered in red, blue, green or violet; Now. 44-177 were demy 8vo, issued?as to Nos. 47-170 in pale blue wrappers pictorially printed (after Menzies) in dark blue, as to Nos. 171-177 in pink wrappers pictorially printed after an unnamed artist.
This series, wholly without issue-importance and of an undistinguished appearance suitable to a popular library of the last decade of the century, is here recorded for the sake of the titles included in it. Each number has an Editorial Note signed 'C.S.C.', and every student of nineteenth-century fiction will admit that the selection of texts (for a penny-market in the 'nineties) shows both intelligence and enterprise. The list which follows omits certain titles?either obvious or eighteenth century or too recent to be relevant (e.g. a few Scott novels; such Dumas perennials as Monte Cristo and the rest; translations of Eugene Sue, Merimée, Féval, etc.; and an occasional copyright English text?by Conan Doyle, Grant Allen and others?introduced to give topical flavoring to a dish mainly revivalist). This has been done in order to emphasize the overwhelming majority of reprints of significant nineteenth-century fiction. I know of no better evidence than this series of the survival power of novels well known in their day but (one would have thought) forgotten by the mid-nineties. C.S.C. knew his subject; Messrs Newnes had the courage to trust his judgment. The longevity of the series is their justification; though it is clear the courage to trust his judgment. The longevity of the series is their justification' though it is clear that as time went on they were fighting a losing battle. It is interesting to observe that only on Jane Austen was included (evidently her revival was not yet), no Morier or Trollope of Le Fanu or Collins, and very little Marryat. Also that C.S.C. successfully resisted G.P.R. James until the eleventh hour.

Scope and Content

Library has nos. 1, 3-8, 11/12, 14-19/20, 22-23/24, 26-35/36, 38-45/46, 49/50-65/66, 68-79, 81/82-90, 92/93-148/149, 151-152-170, 172, 176.
Editorial note in each volume signed "C.S.C." [Charles Stuart Calverley?].
Numbers 1-46 were crown 8vo in size, and issued in cream wrappers printed in red, blue, green or purple; numbers 47-170 were demy 8vo and issued in illustrated pale blue wrappers printed in dark blue; numbers 171-177 contain the religious stories of the Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, a popular American pastor, and were issued in pink wrappers. A note in number 177 states that the series is now at an end; see XIX century fiction: a bibliographical record based on his own collection by Michael Sadleir. London: Constable & Co. Ltd. ; Berkeley and Los Angeles : University of California Press, 1951, volume II, pages 61-62, number 3643.
Advertisements on front and rear wrappers.
Spec. Coll. copy: numbers 1-48 housed in eight green cloth phase boxes in matching green slipcases; numbers 9-176 housed in 24 red cloth phase boxes in red and brown flowered paper slipcases. Forms part of the Michael Sadleir Collection of 19th Century British Fiction.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7444889 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Advertisements--England--London--1896-1899.
English fiction--18th century.
English fiction--19th century.

Description and List of Titles

Sadleir 3643/1

no. 1

Vicar of Wakefield.

Creator: Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774
Sadleir 3643/1

no. 2

Tales of Adventure, Mystery and Imagination.

Creator: Poe, Edgar Allen, 1809-1849

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/1

no. 3

Suil Dhuv, the Coiner.

Creator: Griffin, Gerald, 1803-1840
Sadleir 3643/1

no. 4

Feats on the Fiord.

Creator: Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876
Sadleir 3643/1

no. 5

Scarlet Letter.

Creator: Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804 - 1864
Sadleir 3643/1

no. 6

Great Hoggarty Diamond and Major Gahagan.

Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863
Sadleir 3643/2

no. 7

Hyperion.

Creator: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Sadleir 3643/2

no. 8

Peep o' Day or John Doe.

Creator: Banim, John, 1798-1842
Sadleir 3643

no. 10

Admiral's Daughter.

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs., 1791-1874

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/2

nos. 11/12

Ben Brace.

Creator: Chamier, Frederick, Captain, 1796-1870
Sadleir 3643

no. 14

Peg Woffington.

Creator: Reade, Charles, 1814-1884

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/3

no. 14

Deformed and Professional Visits of the Black Doctor.

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs., 1791-1874
Sadleir 3643/3

nos. 15/16

Stories of Waterloo.

Creator: Maxwell, W. H. (William Hamilton), 1792-1850
Sadleir 3643/3

no. 17

Crack of Doom.

Creator: Cromie, Robert, 1856-1907
Sadleir 3643/3

no. 18

Pirate.

Creator: Marryat, Frederick, Captain, 1792-1848
Sadleir 3643/4

nos. 19/20

Nick of The Woods.

Creator: Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854
Sadleir 3643

no. 21

Christie Johnstone.

Creator: Reade, Charles, 1814-1884

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/4

no. 22

Barney O'Reirdon and Other Irish Legends and Stories.

Creator: Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868
Sadleir 3643/4

nos. 23/24

Rifle Rangers.

Creator: Reid, Mayne, Captain, 1818-1883
no. 25

Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures.

Creator: Douglas, Jerrold, 1803-1857

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/5

no. 26

Some Tough Yarns by the Old Sailor.

Creator: Barker, H. M. (Henry Matthew), 1790-1846
Sadleir 3643/5

nos. 27/28

Sense and Sensibility.

Creator: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817

General note

Library does not own issue

no. 28.
Sadleir 3643/5

no. 29

Wild Adventures in Texas and Other Tales from Blackwood.

Creator: Anonymous
Sadleir 3643/5

no. 30

Popanilla.

Creator: Disraeli, Benjamin, Lord Beaconsfield, 1804-1881
Sadleir 3643/5

no. 31 and Sadleir 3643/6

no. 32

Crohoore of the Bill Hook.

Creator: Banim, Michael, 1798-1842
Sadleir 3643/6

no. 33

Black Dwarf.

Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Sadleir 3643/6

no. 34

Sketches of Young Gentlemen, etc..

Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Sadleir 3643/6

nos. 35/36

Plant Hunters.

Creator: Reid, Mayne, Captain, 1818-1883
Sadleir 3643/7

no. 38

Phelim O'Toole's Courtship; Ned M'Keown, etc..

Creator: Carleton, William, 1794-1869
Sadleir 3643/7

nos. 39/40

Massacre of St. Bartholomew.

Creator: Merimee, Prosper, 1803-1870
Sadleir 3643/7

no. 41

Love and Duty.

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs., 1791-1874
Sadleir 3643/7

no. 42 and 3643/8

no. 43

Robber of the Rhine.

Creator: Ritchie, Leitch, 1800?-1865
Sadleir 3643/8

no. 44

Half Sir.

Creator: Griffin, Gerald, 1803-1840
Sadleir 3643/8

nos. 45/46

Cliff Climbers.

Creator: Reid, Mayne, Captain, 1818-1883
Sadleir 3643/9

nos. 49/50

Christmas Books [Christmas Carol, Chimes, Cricket on Hearth, Battle of Life.].

Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Sadleir 3643/9

nos. 51/52

Old St Paul's.

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Sadleir 3643/9

no. 53

Old St Paul's (conclusion) and Haunted Man.

Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Sadleir 3643/10

no. 54

Man and Money.

Creator: Souvestre, Emile, 1806-1854
Sadleir 3643/10

no. 55

Money-Seekers and Other Tales.

Creator: Crowe, Catherine, Mrs., 1790-1876
Sadleir 3643/10

nos. 56/57

Rienzi: Last of the Roman Tribunes.

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer, Baron (Lord), 1803-1873
Sadleir 3643/10

no. 58

Gentlemen in Black.

Creator: Anonymous
Sadleir 3643/11

no. 59

Vendetta and Other Tales.

Creator: Balzac, Honore de, 1799-1850
Sadleir 3643/11

nos. 60/61

Harry Lorrequer.

Creator: Lever, Charles James, 1806-1872
Sadleir 3643/11

no. 62

Conclusion of Harry Lorrequer and Renounced Treasure and Other Tales.

Sadleir 3643/11

no. 63

Silver Ship of Mexico.

Creator: Ingraham, J. H. (Joseph Holt), 1809-1860
Sadleir 3643/12

no. 64

Memoir of a Mother-in-Law.

Creator: Sims, George R., 1847-1922
Sadleir 3643/12

nos. 65/66

Marchioness of Brinvilliers.

Creator: Smith, Albert, 1816-1860
Sadleir 3643/12

no. 67

Father's Curse. From Highways and Byways.

Creator: Grattan, Thomas Colley, 1792-1864

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/12

no. 68

Black Tulip.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Sadleir 3643/12

no. 69 and 3643/13

no. 70

Tokeah; or White Rose.

Creator: Sealsfield, Charles (George), 1793-1864
Sadleir 3643/13

no. 71

Colomba: A Corsican Story.

Creator: Merimee, Prosper, 1803-1870
Sadleir 3643/13

no. 72

Three Cutters and Mosaic Masters.

Creator: Marryat, Frederick, Captain, 1792-1848
Creator: Sand, George, 1804-1876
Sadleir 3643/13

nos. 73/74

Windsor Castle.

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Sadleir 3643/14

no. 75

Price of Blood.

Creator: Gerstacker, Friedrich, 1816-1872
Sadleir 3643/14

no. 76

Game of Life.

Creator: Ritchie, Leitch, 1800?-1865
Sadleir 3643/14

nos. 77/78

Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Creator: Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885
Sadleir 3643/14

no. 79

John Manesty.

Creator: Maginn, William, Doctor, 1793-1842
Sadleir 3643/15

nos. 81/82

Last Days of Pompeii.

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer, Baron (Lord), 1803-1873
Sadleir 3643/15

no. 83

Fetches.

Creator: Banim, John, 1798-1842
Sadleir 3643/15

no. 84

Forester's Daughter.

Creator: Feval, Paul, 1817-1887
Sadleir 3643/16

nos. 85/86

Talisman.

Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Sadleir 3643/16

no. 87

Dark Lady of Doona.

Creator: Maxwell, W. H. (William Hamilton), 1792-1850
Sadleir 3643/16

no. 88

Missing Diamonds; and Haunted Marsh.

Creator: Gonzales, Emmanuel, 1815-1887
Creator: Sand, George, 1804-1876
Sadleir 3643/16

no. 89 and 3643/17

no. 90

Mysteries of the Heaths.

Creator: Soulie, Frederic, 1800-1847
no. 91

Gold Finders of California; and Shawn Dhuv (? Griffin).

Creator: Reid, Mayne, Captain, 1818-1883

General note

Library does not own this issue.
Sadleir 3643/17

nos. 92/93

Rory O'More.

Creator: Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868
Sadleir 3643/17

no. 94

History of Caliph Vathek and Anabaptist.

Creator: Beckford, William, 1760-1844
Sadleir 3643/17

no. 95 and 3643/18

no. 96

Guy Fawkes.

Sadleir 3643/18

no. 97

Demon Pilot and Other Tales.

Creator: Kingston, W.H.G. (William Hjenry Giles), 1814-1880
Sadleir 3643/18

no. 98

Samuel the Jeweller: Tale of Sixteenth Century and Helen.

Creator: unknown
Sadleir 3643/18

nos. 99/100

Fardorougha the Miser.

Creator: Carleton, William, 1794-1869
Sadleir 3643/19

no. 101

Fireside Stories; and Inundation.

Creator: Ingoldsby, Thomas, 1788-1845
Sadleir 3643/19

no. 102

The Rose and the Ring; and Corsican Brothers.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863
Sadleir 3643/19

nos. 103/104

For God and the Czar!.

Creator: Muddock, J.E. (Joyce Emmerson), 1843-1934
Sadleir 3643/19

no. 105

Soldier's Fortune.

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs., 1791-1874
Sadleir 3643/20

no. 106

Eight Mysteries.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Sadleir 3643/20

nos. 107/108

Hard Times.

Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

General note

Library does not own issue

no. 107.
Sadleir 3643/20

no. 109

Calderon the Courtier; and Count Ludwig (from The Picnic Papers).

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer, Baron (Lord), 1803-1873
Sadleir 3643/20

nos. 110/111

Ivanhoe.

Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Sadleir 3643/21

no. 112

Bit o' Writin; and Esther (from The Picnic Papers).

Creator: Banim, Michael, 1798-1842
Creator: Smith, Horace, 1779-1849
Sadleir 3643/21

nos. 113/114

Madame Blue Beard.

Creator: Sue, Eugene, 1804-1857
Sadleir 3643/21

no. 115

Chronicles of Clovernook.

Creator: Douglas, Jerrold, 1803-1857
Sadleir 3643/21

no. 116 and 3643/22

no. 117

Phantom Ship.

Creator: Marryat, Frederick, Captain, 1792-1848
Sadleir 3643/22

no. 118

Castle Sombras and Other Tales.

Creator: Smith, Herbert Greenhough, 1855-1935
Sadleir 3643/22

nos. 119/120

Night and Morning.

Sadleir 3643/22

no. 121

Luck of Roaring Camp.

Creator: Harte, Bret, 1836-1902
Sadleir 3643/23

nos. 122/123

Hunter's Feast.

Creator: Reid, Mayne, Captain, 1818-1883
Sadleir 3643/23

nos. 124/125

Feudal Crimes.

Creator: Duplessis, Paul, 1815-1865 (?)
Sadleir 3643/23

no. 126

Celebrated Jumping Frog.

Creator: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Sadleir 3643/24

nos. 127/128

Round the World in Eighty Days.

Creator: Verne, Jules, 1828-1905
Sadleir 3643/24

no. 129

Dozen Pair of Wedding Gloves.

Creator: Anonymous

General note

(C.S.C. states he cannot identify the author)
Sadleir 3643/24

nos. 130/131

Rookwood.

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Sadleir 3643/25

nos. 132/133/134

Westward Ho!.

Creator: Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875
Sadleir 3643/25

no. 135

Hearts of Gold and Hearts of Steel.

Creator: Herman, Henry, 1832-1894
Sadleir 3643/25

no. 136 and 3643/26

no. 137

Mary Barton.

Creator: Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, Mrs., 1810-1865
Sadleir 3643/26

no. 138

Enthusiast.

Creator: Spindler, Carl, 1796-1855
Sadleir 3643/26

nos. 139/140

Saucy Arethusa.

Creator: Chamier, Frederick, Captain, 1796-1870
Sadleir 3643/26

no. 141

Lover Upon Trial.

Creator: Lyons (Long), Augusta Louisa, Lady, ?-1852
Sadleir 3643/27

nos. 142/143

Rachel and Aixa, or Hebrew and Moorish Maidens.

Creator: Gonzales, Emmanuel, 1815-1887
Sadleir 3643/27

no. 144

Some Exciting Adventures.

Creator: Kelly, William Patrick
Sadleir 3643/27

nos. 145/146

Miser's Daughter.

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Sadleir 3643/28

no. 147

Anaconda.

Creator: Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory), 1775-1818
Sadleir 3643/28

nos. 148/149

Richard Savage.

Creator: Whitehead, Charles, 1804-1862
Sadleir 3643/28

nos. 151/152

Richelieu.

Creator: James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford), 1801?-1860
Sadleir 3643/29

nos. 153/154/155

Three Musketeers.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Sadleir 3643/29

nos. 156/157 and 3643/30

no. 158

Twenty Years After.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Sadleir 3643/30

no. 159

Cavalier and Roundhead.

Creator: Armitage, Alfred, ?
Sadleir 3643/30

nos. 160/161/162

Tower of London.

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882
Sadleir 3643/31

no. 163

Dead Guest.

Creator: Zschokke, Heinrich, 1771-1848
Sadleir 3643/31

nos. 164/165

Adventures and Piracies of Captn Singleton.

Creator: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731
Sadleir 3643/31

no. 166

Sicilian Romance.

Creator: Radcliffe, Ann Ward, Mrs. , 1764-1823
Sadleir 3643/31

no. 167 and 3643/32

no. 168/169

Vicomte de Bragelonne.

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Sadleir 3643/32

no. 170

Renegade; or Moors in France.

Creator: Arlincourt, Charles Victor Prevot, Vicomte d', 1789-1856
Sadleir 3643/32

no. 172

Religious stories of one Charles M. Sheldon, a popular American pastor: Richard Bruce, or Life that Now Is.

Creator: Sheldon, Charles M. , 1857-1946

Note

Library does not own issues 171, 173-175, and 177.
Sadleir 3643/32

no. 176

Religious stories of one Charles M. Sheldon, a popular American pastor: Malcolm Kirk.

Creator: Sheldon, Charles M. , 1857-1946

Note

Library does not own issues 171, 173-175, and 177.