This edition of George Sand's novel Consuelo was part of the first successful series of fiction reprints in paper boards known as the Parlour Library, founded in 1847 by the Belfast firm of Simms and McIntyre, and continued by Thomas Hodgson and a succession of London publishers into the 1860s. Advertised as books 'for all', these shilling volumes, with distinctive green covers designed by H Warren, stimulated an unprecedented demand for cheap, attractively packaged new and popular novels.
- Article by:
- Kate Flint
- Reading and print culture, The novel 1832–1880
Professor Kate Flint explores the way Victorians bought, borrowed and read their books, and considers the impact of the popular literature of the period.