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Advert for Walter Brown, book seller

Advert for Walter Brown, book seller

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Evan.4285

Item number: 4285

Genre: Leaflet

Newly published novels were expensive in the 19th century, and in general were only read by the upper and middle classes. Even then, many of those readers belonged to subscription libraries and never actually bought the books. Novels were usually published in three volumes, each one costing about 31 shillings. This was more than you would have paid for a bicycle or a cloth dress. Very often beautifully bound, books were treasured items.

Booksellers such as Walter Brown would also have loaned books out for a small fee.

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