Bel Demonio and Fabian's Tower

Book/Yellow back/Illustration/Image

Description

English

Ward & Lock closely followed Routledge as the most prolific publisher of yellowbacks, producing series such as the Run and Read Library, and early yellowback editions of Mrs. Braddon's novels, as well as popular non-fiction works. Henry James's The American appeared for the first time in England in 1877, as number 32 in their Favourite Authors series. The publication was unauthorized, and James complained that it was 'vilely printed', with 'whole paragraphs omitted'. 

The volumes shown here are typical examples of Ward & Lock's early small format and later large format yellowbacks.

Full title
Bel Demonio: a love story and Fabian's Tower
Published
1863; estimated 1880 , London
Format
Book / Yellow back / Illustration / Image
Creator
Paul Feval , Mary Rosa Stuart Kettle
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
12514.aa.19 & 12618.k.3.

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