A Database of Cheap Literature, 1837-1860

Statistics

Coverage

Currently, the database contains 521 work entries (in 582 editions and 301 periodical serializations), 65 publisher entries, and 366 author entries. It references 334 libraries in which these works can be found.

Most Expansive Libraries
Most Prolific Publishers - Identified Penny Authors
Longest Running Editions
Most Adapted - Translated - Reprinted Creators
Most Remediated Periodicals

Most Expansive Libraries

  1. British Library, 702 volumes (17%).
  2. Bodleian Libraries, 551 volumes (13%).
  3. UCLA Library, 213 volumes (5%).
  4. Yale University Library, 158 volumes (3%).
  5. Harvard Libraries, 88 volumes (2%).

Most Prolific Publishers

  1. Edward Lloyd, 191 editions (32%).
  2. George Peirce, 44 editions (7%).
  3. George Purkess, 42 editions (7%).
  4. Henry Lea, 42 editions (7%).
  5. John Thomas Dicks, 33 editions (5%).

Most Prolific Identified Penny Authors

  1. Thomas Peckett Prest, 78 works (14%).
  2. James Malcolm Rymer, 61 works (11%).
  3. George William MacArthur Reynolds, 34 works (6%).
  4. Pierce Egan, 12 works (2%).
  5. Thomas Frost, 9 works (1%).

Longest Running Editions

  1. Gentleman Jack by , 205 numbers (nearly 4 years).
  2. Claude Duval by , 202 numbers (nearly 4 years).
  3. Paul Clifford by , 162 numbers (more than 3 years).
  4. Mazeppa by , 110 numbers (more than 2 years).
  5. Varney the Vampyre by , 109 numbers (more than 2 years).

Most Adapted Creators

  1. Charles Dickens, 16 works adapting 10 titles.
  2. William Harrison Ainsworth, 7 works adapting 5 titles.
  3. George Gordon Noel Byron, 5 works adapting 3 titles.
  4. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer, 5 works adapting as many titles.
  5. Walter Scott, 4 works adapting 6 titles.

Most Translated Authors

  1. Eugène Sue, 27 works translating 26 titles.
  2. Alexandre Dumas, 26 works translating 23 titles.
  3. Paul de Kock, 7 works translating as many titles.
  4. Frédéric Soulié, 7 works translating 10 titles.
  5. Victor Hugo, 5 works translating 8 titles.

Most Reprinted Authors

  1. James Fenimore Cooper, 10 works reprinting 11 titles.
  2. Hannah Maria Jones, 10 works reprinting 11 titles.
  3. Joseph Holt Ingraham, 8 works reprinting 9 titles.
  4. William Gilmore Simms, 7 works reprinting as many titles.
  5. Mary Bennett, 6 works reprinting as many titles.

Most Remediated Periodicals

  1. The Family Herald, 51 serials re-edited.
  2. Reynolds's Miscellany, 31 serials re-edited.
  3. London Journal, 19 serials re-edited.
  4. Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper, 17 serials re-edited.
  5. Parley's Penny Library, 17 serials re-edited.