A Bibliographical Survey of Fiction Published in the British Isles

Compiled by

(Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University)

(Projekt Corvey, Paderborn University)

Project Overview

Funded by the British AcademyIn April 2001, the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) at Cardiff University began a two-year pilot project, funded by the British Academy, to produce a bibliography of British fiction spanning the years 1830–36.  This follows on from the cut-off date of the recently published bibliography, The English Novel, 1770–1829: A Bibliographical Survey of Fiction Published in the British Isles (OUP, 2000), edited by Peter Garside, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling. CEIR has collaborated once again with the Projekt Corvey team at Paderborn University in order to extend the bibliographical record so that the entirety of the Romantic era will be covered. 

The period following the 1829 cut-off date represents a new bibliographical challenge, since the character of fiction production changes considerably in the immediate wake of Scott’s Magnum Opus edition that year.  Whereas a methodology had been established for the inclusion and exclusion in the original 1770–1829 bibliography, we are finding that new guidelines will need to be established.  The essence of the pilot scheme is to explore fully what is a new map of novel production: representative cases include the rapid increase of serialisation as a primary form of publication and the development of series such as Colburn and Bentley’s ‘Standard Novels’, which commenced in 1831.

The resource presented within this website represents the culmination of this joint effort, and provides—for the first time—full bibliographical descriptions of approximately 750 titles from the era. The bibliography is divided into annual listings, supplemented by appendices (containing non-standard titles) and indexes, as well as preliminary matter which provides an academic introduction to the work.

As well as being available for online consultation, the bibliography is also downloadable as a single file in the following formats:

  HTML (1.36MiB): 1830-36.html.

  Rich Text Format (1.43MiB): 1830-36.rtf.

  Adobe Acrobat Format/PDF (1.15MiB): 1830-36.pdf.

NB. To save the files onto a suitable location, rather than viewing them through your web-browser, please right-click on the link and select the Save As command (or any similar option) on the pop-up menu.

Last modified 26 January, 2006 .
This document is maintained by
Anthony Mandal (Mandal@cf.ac.uk).