as morally unsuitable by the Cornhill Magazine, Lorna
Doone was a complete failure when first published in three
volumes in 1869. It was only when Sampson Low, much against their
better judgement, agreed to produce a cheap one-volume edition that
the novel captured the public imagination. It went on to become
one of the best-selling titles of the 19th century, with a range
of editions - many illustrated - to suit all sectors of the market.