runs to 2028 pages, with a 688 page sequel, and may in part have
been written by John Frederick Smith, another successful penny dreadful
author who was known for his long-running historical sagas. Highwaymen
endured as popular subjects from the 1830s to the 1890s, encouraged
by the success of mainstream crime novels by W. Harrison Ainsworth
and Bulwer Lytton. This cover demonstrates how improved and cheaper
colour printing techniques transformed the wrapper into an exciting
inducement to purchase.