Library was at its best during the 1850s and 1860s, when 120 authors
from Jane Austen to Edmund Yates were represented in the series.
In 1853 Routledge agreed to pay Edward Bulwer Lytton a total of
£20,000 over ten years for the right to issue cheap editions
of his works. It was a shrewd investment: 26,000 copies of My
Novel were sold within the first year, with annual reprintings
of 2,000 copies throughout the life of the contract. The covers
for Bulwer Lytton's novels were amongst Edmund Evans's earliest
work for Routledge.