Special Collections Department
Victorian Paperback Covers
Graphics Collection Number: 112
Extent: Two boxes, 271 items.
Content: Printed proofs of paperback covers.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: Iris Snyder and Tabitha Groh, 1998.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Many of the books were published in series with titles such as "Parlour Library," "Books for Everybody," and "Books for the Country." A series might include a mix of new fiction titles and reprints of older works. The covers shared a similar design; each would have a brightly colored illustration representing the story. Among the most popular publishers of paperbacks in England during the second half of the nineteenth century were George Routledge, Ward & Lock, and Frederick Warne & Company.
Source(s):Dr. Chester W. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905. Volume I: George Routledge. Denver: Hermitage Antiquarian Bookshop, 1993.
Scope and Content Note
1 Series I. Publishers by name F1 Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. Miscellaneous Titles (7 items) F2 Church of England Sunday School Institute Sunday Scholar's Companion and Boys and Girls Companion (8 items) F3 W.W. Gardner Miscellaneous Titles (10 items) S.W. Partridge & Co. (Also Seeley, Jackson & Halliday) F4 The Family Friend (9 items) F5 The Friendly Visitor (9 items) F6 Children's Friend (11 items) F7 Band of Mercy Advocate and Infant's Magazine (7 items) F8 Miscellaneous Titles (6 items) Routledge & Co. (& Sons) F9 Miscellaneous Children's Titles (5 items) F10 Little Wide Awake (12 items) Miscellaneous Titles (alphabetically by author) F11 Answorth - Grant (10 items) F12 Green - Poe (10 items) F13 Rives - Warren (10 items) F14 Unknown authors (12 items) F15 Scottish Temperance League The Adviser (3 items) Series I. Publishers by name 1 Ward, Lock (&Tyler) F16 Animal Titles (8 items) F17 Children's Story Books and Nursery Tales (11 items) F18 Children's Miscellaneous Titles (12 items) F19 Children's Bible and Morality (12 items) F20 Miscellaneous Titles (6 items) F21 Frederick Warne & Co. Miscellaneous Titles (6 items) 2 Other Publishers Miscellaneous Titles (alphabetically by publisher) F22 Bell - Funny Folks (10 items) F23 James - Murray (11 items) F24 Nelson & Sons - Simpkin, Marshall & Co. (12 items) F25 Smith - Willoughby (7 items) Series II. Unknown Publishers F26 Children's Miscellaneous Titles (21 items) F27 Mother Goose (4 items) F28 Fully Illustrated Wrappers (3 items) These wrappers were designed as one image that covers the front, back and spine of the book. F29 Birthdate Books (3 items) Series II. Unknown Publishers F30 Non-fiction titles (6 items) F31 Serials (3 items) F32 Miscellaneous Titles (6 items)
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