Mary Shelley The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck
(Colburn and Bentley, 1830)
Ashley 1538

Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck
  The Novel

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) never matched the remarkable success of her first novel, Frankenstein (1818), but she continued to write poetry, essays and fiction during the lonely years following the death of her husband in 1822. Her historical story based on the life of Perkin Warbeck was published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, two of the most prominent producers of circulating library fiction during the nineteenth century. Their offer of £150 for a three-volume novel of '320 pages at least' in each was typical of Bentley's arrangements at this time.