G. Sand Consuelo
(Simms & McIntyre, 1847)
C.188.a.46      17.5x11 cm


The Parlour Library

The first successful series of fiction reprints in paper boards was 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.