J. M. Rymer
Varney the Vampyre
(E. Lloyd, 1853)
12624.e.6      22x13 cm

Varney the Vampyre
  Penny Dreadfuls

This famous 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.