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Title: Newnes' Penny Library of Famous Books
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2237
Physical Description: 177 Volumes (19-24 cm (crown-demy 8vo))
Date (inclusive): 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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UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9974448893606533 


According to the TITLE OF THING,
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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 1

Vicar of Wakefield

Creator: Goldsmith, Oliver
item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 2

Tales of Adventure, Mystery and Imagination

Creator: Poe, Edgar Allen

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 3

Suil Dhuv, the Coiner

Creator: Griffin, Gerald
item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 4

Feats on the Fiord

Creator: Martineau, Harriet
item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 5

Scarlet Letter

Creator: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
item Sadleir 3643/1 no. 6

Great Hoggarty Diamond and Major Gahagan

Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace
item Sadleir 3643/2 no. 7


Creator: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
item Sadleir 3643/2 no. 8

Peep o' Day or John Doe

Creator: Banim, John
item Sadleir 3643 no. 10

Admiral's Daughter

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs.

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/2 nos. 11/12

Ben Brace

Creator: Chamier, Frederick
item Sadleir 3643 no. 14

Peg Woffington

Creator: Reade, Charles

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/3 no. 14

Deformed and Professional Visits of the Black Doctor

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs.
item Sadleir 3643/3 nos. 15/16

Stories of Waterloo

Creator: Maxwell, W. H. (William Hamilton)
item Sadleir 3643/3 no. 17

Crack of Doom

Creator: Cromie, Robert
item Sadleir 3643/3 no. 18


Creator: Marryat, Frederick
item Sadleir 3643/4 nos. 19/20

Nick of The Woods

Creator: Bird, Robert Montgomery
item Sadleir 3643 no. 21

Christie Johnstone

Creator: Reade, Charles

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/4 no. 22

Barney O'Reirdon and Other Irish Legends and Stories

Creator: Lover, Samuel
item Sadleir 3643/4 nos. 23/24

Rifle Rangers

Creator: Reid, Mayne
item no. 25

Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures

Creator: Douglas, Jerrold

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/5 no. 26

Some Tough Yarns by the Old Sailor

Creator: Old Sailor
item Sadleir 3643/5 nos. 27/28

Sense and Sensibility

Creator: Austen, Jane

General note

Library does not own issue no. 28.
item Sadleir 3643/5 no. 29

Wild Adventures in Texas and Other Tales from Blackwood

Creator: Anonymous
item Sadleir 3643/5 no. 30


Creator: Disraeli, Benjamin
item Sadleir 3643/5 no. 31 and Sadleir 3643/6 no. 32

Crohoore of the Bill Hook

Creator: Banim, Michael
item Sadleir 3643/6 no. 33

Black Dwarf

Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir
item Sadleir 3643/6 no. 34

Sketches of Young Gentlemen, etc.

Creator: Dickens, Charles
item Sadleir 3643/6 nos. 35/36

Plant Hunters

Creator: Reid, Mayne
item Sadleir 3643/7 no. 38

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

Creator: Carleton, William
item Sadleir 3643/7 nos. 39/40

Massacre of St. Bartholomew

Creator: Merimee, Prosper
item Sadleir 3643/7 no. 41

Love and Duty

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs.
item Sadleir 3643/7 no. 42 and 3643/8 no. 43

Robber of the Rhine

Creator: Ritchie, Leitch
item Sadleir 3643/8 no. 44

Half Sir

Creator: Griffin, Gerald
item Sadleir 3643/8 nos. 45/46

Cliff Climbers

Creator: Reid, Mayne
item Sadleir 3643/9 nos. 49/50

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

Creator: Dickens, Charles
item Sadleir 3643/9 nos. 51/52

Old St Paul's

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison
item Sadleir 3643/9 no. 53

Old St Paul's (conclusion) and Haunted Man

Creator: Dickens, Charles
item Sadleir 3643/10 no. 54

Man and Money

Creator: Souvestre, Emile
item Sadleir 3643/10 no. 55

Money-Seekers and Other Tales

Creator: Crowe, Catherine
item Sadleir 3643/10 nos. 56/57

Rienzi: Last of the Roman Tribunes

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron
item Sadleir 3643/10 no. 58

Gentlemen in Black

Creator: Anonymous
item Sadleir 3643/11 no. 59

Vendetta and Other Tales

Creator: Balzac, Honoré de
item Sadleir 3643/11 nos. 60/61

Harry Lorrequer

Creator: Lever, Charles James
item Sadleir 3643/11 no. 62

Conclusion of Harry Lorrequer and Renounced Treasure and Other Tales

item Sadleir 3643/11 no. 63

Silver Ship of Mexico

Creator: Ingraham, J. H. (Joseph Holt)
item Sadleir 3643/12 no. 64

Memoir of a Mother-in-Law

Creator: Sims, George R.
item Sadleir 3643/12 nos. 65/66

Marchioness of Brinvilliers

Creator: Smith, Albert
item Sadleir 3643/12 no. 67

Father's Curse. From Highways and Byways

Creator: Grattan, Thomas Colley

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/12 no. 68

Black Tulip

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
item Sadleir 3643/12 no. 69 and 3643/13 no. 70

Tokeah; or White Rose

Creator: Sealsfield, Charles (George)
item Sadleir 3643/13 no. 71

Colomba: A Corsican Story

Creator: Merimee, Prosper
item Sadleir 3643/13 no. 72

Three Cutters and Mosaic Masters

Creator: Sand, George
Creator: Marryat, Frederick
item Sadleir 3643/13 nos. 73/74

Windsor Castle

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison
item Sadleir 3643/14 no. 75

Price of Blood

Creator: Gerstacker, Friedrich
item Sadleir 3643/14 no. 76

Game of Life

Creator: Ritchie, Leitch
item Sadleir 3643/14 nos. 77/78

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Creator: Hugo, Victor
item Sadleir 3643/14 no. 79

John Manesty

Creator: Maginn, William, Doctor
item Sadleir 3643/15 nos. 81/82

Last Days of Pompeii

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron
item Sadleir 3643/15 no. 83


Creator: Banim, John
item Sadleir 3643/15 no. 84

Forester's Daughter

Creator: Féval, Paul
item Sadleir 3643/16 nos. 85/86


Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir
item Sadleir 3643/16 no. 87

Dark Lady of Doona

Creator: Maxwell, W. H. (William Hamilton)
item Sadleir 3643/16 no. 88

Missing Diamonds; and Haunted Marsh

Creator: Gonzalès, Emmanuel
Creator: Sand, George
item Sadleir 3643/16 no. 89 and 3643/17 no. 90

Mysteries of the Heaths

Creator: Soulie, Frederic
item no. 91

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

Creator: Reid, Mayne

General note

Library does not own this issue.
item Sadleir 3643/17 nos. 92/93

Rory O'More

Creator: Lover, Samuel
item Sadleir 3643/17 no. 94

History of Caliph Vathek and Anabaptist

Creator: Beckford, William
item Sadleir 3643/17 no. 95 and 3643/18 no. 96

Guy Fawkes

item Sadleir 3643/18 no. 97

Demon Pilot and Other Tales

Creator: Kingston, W.H.G. (William Hjenry Giles)
item Sadleir 3643/18 no. 98

Samuel the Jeweller: Tale of Sixteenth Century and Helen

Creator: unknown
item Sadleir 3643/18 nos. 99/100

Fardorougha the Miser

Creator: Carleton, William
item Sadleir 3643/19 no. 101

Fireside Stories; and Inundation

Creator: Ingoldsby, Thomas
item Sadleir 3643/19 no. 102

The Rose and the Ring; and Corsican Brothers

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace
item Sadleir 3643/19 nos. 103/104

For God and the Czar!

Creator: Muddock, J.E. (Joyce Emmerson)
item Sadleir 3643/19 no. 105

Soldier's Fortune

Creator: Marsh-Caldwell, Anne, Mrs.
item Sadleir 3643/20 no. 106

Eight Mysteries

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
item Sadleir 3643/20 nos. 107/108

Hard Times

Creator: Dickens, Charles

General note

Library does not own issue no. 107.
item Sadleir 3643/20 no. 109

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

Creator: Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron
item Sadleir 3643/20 nos. 110/111


Creator: Scott, Walter, Sir
item Sadleir 3643/21 no. 112

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

Creator: Smith, Horace
Creator: Banim, Michael
item Sadleir 3643/21 nos. 113/114

Madame Blue Beard

Creator: Sue, Eugene
item Sadleir 3643/21 no. 115

Chronicles of Clovernook

Creator: Douglas, Jerrold
item Sadleir 3643/21 no. 116 and 3643/22 no. 117

Phantom Ship

Creator: Marryat, Frederick
item Sadleir 3643/22 no. 118

Castle Sombras and Other Tales

Creator: Smith, Herbert Greenhough
item Sadleir 3643/22 nos. 119/120

Night and Morning

item Sadleir 3643/22 no. 121

Luck of Roaring Camp

Creator: Harte, Bret
item Sadleir 3643/23 nos. 122/123

Hunter's Feast

Creator: Reid, Mayne
item Sadleir 3643/23 nos. 124/125

Feudal Crimes

Creator: Duplessis, Paul
item Sadleir 3643/23 no. 126

Celebrated Jumping Frog

Creator: Twain, Mark
item Sadleir 3643/24 nos. 127/128

Round the World in Eighty Days

Creator: Verne, Jules
item Sadleir 3643/24 no. 129

Dozen Pair of Wedding Gloves

Creator: Anonymous


(C.S.C. states he cannot identify the author)
item Sadleir 3643/24 nos. 130/131


Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison
item Sadleir 3643/25 nos. 132/133/134

Westward Ho!

Creator: Kingsley, Charles
item Sadleir 3643/25 no. 135

Hearts of Gold and Hearts of Steel

Creator: Herman, Henry
item Sadleir 3643/25 no. 136 and 3643/26 no. 137

Mary Barton

Creator: Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
item Sadleir 3643/26 no. 138


Creator: Spindler, Carl
item Sadleir 3643/26 nos. 139/140

Saucy Arethusa

Creator: Chamier, Frederick
item Sadleir 3643/26 no. 141

Lover Upon Trial

Creator: Lyons (Long), Augusta Louisa, Lady
item Sadleir 3643/27 nos. 142/143

Rachel and Aixa, or Hebrew and Moorish Maidens

Creator: Gonzalès, Emmanuel
item Sadleir 3643/27 no. 144

Some Exciting Adventures

Creator: Kelly, William Patrick
item Sadleir 3643/27 nos. 145/146

Miser's Daughter

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison
item Sadleir 3643/28 no. 147


Creator: Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory)
item Sadleir 3643/28 nos. 148/149

Richard Savage

Creator: Whitehead, Charles
item Sadleir 3643/28 nos. 151/152


Creator: James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford)
item Sadleir 3643/29 nos. 153/154/155

Three Musketeers

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
item Sadleir 3643/29 nos. 156/157 and 3643/30 no. 158

Twenty Years After

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
item Sadleir 3643/30 no. 159

Cavalier and Roundhead

Creator: Armitage, Alfred
item Sadleir 3643/30 nos. 160/161/162

Tower of London

Creator: Ainsworth, William Harrison
item Sadleir 3643/31 no. 163

Dead Guest

Creator: Zschokke, Heinrich
item Sadleir 3643/31 nos. 164/165

Adventures and Piracies of Captn Singleton

Creator: Defoe, Daniel
item Sadleir 3643/31 no. 166

Sicilian Romance

Creator: Radcliffe, Ann Ward, Mrs.
item Sadleir 3643/31 no. 167 and 3643/32 no. 168/169

Vicomte de Bragelonne

Creator: Dumas, Alexandre
item Sadleir 3643/32 no. 170

Renegade; or Moors in France

Creator: Arlincourt, Vicomte d' (Charles Victor Prévôt)
item Sadleir 3643 nos. 171-177

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

Creator: Sheldon, Charles M.
Container Summary: wrapped in pink


A note in No. 177 states that the series is now at an end. It cannot be denied that this finale amounts to a capitulation. C.S.C., after a gallant fight, had surrendered.
Sadleir has 172, 176.

General note

Library does not own issues 171, 173-175, and 177.
item 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.
item Sadleir 3643/32 no. 176

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

Creator: Sheldon, Charles M.