Lady Esther Hope, pseud.
The Blue Dwarf
(E. Harrison, 1861)
12625.g.36   25x15 cm

 
Blue Dwarf
 
  Penny Dreadfuls
 
     
     
 

Two completely different versions of this action-packed tale of highwaymen, Scottish Jacobites and Red Indians survive, the other written by Percy St. John in about 1885. The plain monthly wrappers are early examples of their use for advertising purposes: one text illustration by the prolific penny dreadful illustrator, Robert Prowse, is chosen for each number, providing a unifying identification for the buyer.