blood is comparatively well written, with an original plot. The
first edition of 1845-6 ran to 868 pages; in this version of the
early 1850s the text is shortened to 470 pages, but some of the
most powerful original illustrations have been re-used. During the
peak period of blood publishing in the 1840s Lloyd's artists experimented
with the layout of their front pages, using irregular shaped blocks
to create a more sophisticated design.