Letters of Sir Walter Scott, edd. H. J. C. Grierson et
al., 12 vols (London: Constable 1932–37), I,
Ibid., IV, 461. It is noticeable that
the Abbotsford Library contains Hogg’s poetry but not his
is for the advantage of the present generation, that most
respectable Writers have undertaken the task of Novelists.
A few years since, heroines were disciples of Mary Wollstonecraft,
and more suited to the Magdalen Asylum than companions for
the drawing-room’ (Preface, i, viii).
certainly translated the little work which is now submitted
to your judgment, with a view to pecuniary profit—it would
be vanity to deny it’ (‘Dedication. To My Subscribers’, I,
[iii]). Compare Scott in 1802: ‘you may hold me acquitted
of the vile vanity of wishing to hold myself forth as despising
to reap any profit’ (Letters, I,
P. D. Garside, ‘Jane Austen and Subscription Fiction’, British
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 10 (1987), 175–88.
See W. Roberts, ‘Jane Austen and Mrs Sherwood’, in Times
Literary Supplement, 8 Nov 1934, p. 780. The use of ‘Miss’
in this subscription points to the possibility that Cassandra,
the elder sister, was the nominal subscriber.
Yale University Center for British Art holds a copy (c.
1800) of the following one sheet proposal: ‘The authoress
of “The mystic cottager” and “Observant pedestrian” begs leave
to inform [blank] she is publishing, by subscription, a novel
entitled The victims of error, in three volumes, interspersed
with poetry; and shall esteem it a favour to receive any commands
he may please to honour her with, by directing a line for
C. L. No. 98, Royal Exchange, where the subscription-lists
are now opened, and orders punctually attended to.’ The same
(still anonymous) author went on to publish at least three
more novels, ending with Human Frailities (1803); but
The Victims of Error, at least under this title, apparently
never came to fruition. Another instance is found in an advertisement
in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 7 June 1819,
for subscriptions to ‘The Heiress of the Abbey’, by Elizabeth
Gest of Salisbury; again, no such published work has been
For example, Edward Rose, Seaman, in The Sea Devil or,
Son of a Bellows-Mender (Plymouth Dock, 1811), whose Preface
pointedly notes the absence of a list, and the likelihood
consequently of greater criticism of the narrative with its
plebeian hero: ‘for who will not read, and reading admire,
a book patronized by Lord A. B. C. D. and other equally celebrated
leaders of taste and fashion’ (I, vi).
the eighteenth century there were increasing numbers of much
smaller local publications, including particularly text books,
sermons and collections of poetry’ : F. J. G. Robinson and
P. J. Wallis, Book Subscription Lists: A Revised Guide
(Newcastle upon Tyne: Harold Hill & Son, 1975), Introduction,
A Check-List of Eighteenth-Century
Books Containing Lists of Subscribers, incorporating exploitations
of the Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue on Blaise,
compiled by R. C. Alston, F. J. G. Robinson, and C. Wadham
(Newcastle: Avero, 1983).
See Garside, ‘Jane Austen and Subscription
Fiction’, p. 177.
The English Novel 1770–1829: A Bibliographical
Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles,
general editors Peter Garside, James Raven and Rainer Schöwerling,
2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). The titles
not previously noted (and not described in the present Checklist)
can be found under the following numbers: 1780: 13, 1785:
20, 1785: 32, 1786: 21, 1786: 39, 1788: 21, 1788: 73, 1789:
38A; 1790: 21, 1790: 34, 1790: 66, 1790: 70, 1791: 16, 1791:
31, 1791: 35, 1791: 36, 1791: 61, 1792: 21, 1792: 49, 1793:
6, 1793: 29, 1793: 34, 1793: 36, 1794: 36, 1794: 55, 1796:
33, 1796: 39, 1797: 3, 1797: 8, 1797: 30, 1797: 47, 1798:
69, 1799: 4, 1799: 50, 1799: 53, 1799: 62.
See Garside, ‘Jane Austen and Subscription Fiction’, p. 177.
Subscription Lists: Extended Supplement to the Revised Guide
by P. J. Wallis, completed and edited by Ruth Wallis (Newcastle
upon Tyne: Phibbs, 1996).
An instance is provided by Sarah Taylor’s Glenalpin, or
the Bandit’s Cave, 3 vols (London, 1828), which contains
a ‘Preface addressed to the Subscribers’, signed Sarah Taylor,
7 April 1828. Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers advertised
for sale (Catalogue XCV, Item 1099) a copy with a vi-pp. subscribers’
list in vol. 2, but no such list is found in the rare Corvey
The preliminaries to Eliza Frances Robertson’s Destiny:
or, Family Occurrences (1804), for example, include the
following noticed headed ‘CARD’: ‘The Author presents most
respectful Thanks to those Ladies and Gentlemen who did her
the Honor of subscribing for this Work; but being few in number,
and some, from a Wish to conceal their Benevolence, having
forbid their Names to appear, a List of Subscribers is omitted.’
Eliza Robertson was imprisoned for debt, and died shortly
afterwards in the Fleet Prison. Another instance is found
the Preface (pp. 4) to Amelia Bristow’s Sophia de Lissau
(1826): ‘The Author intended to prefix a List of the Subscribers,
but as it was found difficult to procure the Names correctly,
and many of her immediate Friends requested that their Names
might not appear, it is omitted; though she would have been
proud to record the distinguished names that have been obtained.’
This relatively unknown Mrs Duncombe should not be confused,
though the mistake has been made, with the prolific poet and
artist Susanna Duncombe (1725–1812), whose husband’s Christian
name was John.
Other authors whose subscription novel
was followed by a larger commercial output include: Anna Maria
Mackenzie (Entry 1); Richard Sickelmore (22); Emily Clark
(24); Anne Ker (31); and, of course, Mary (Butt) Sherwood
(12). Henrietta Rouviere Mosse’s A Peep at our Ancestors
(59), the third of her novels by date of publication, was
actually projected first, though delayed as a result of difficulties
with the subscription.
may not be uninteresting to the feeling and compassionate
to say, that the anxiety of his mind in wishing to complete
it […] brought on so serious an illness previous to his decease,
that it stopped the progress necessary for the completion
of the work’ (Edinburgh Evening Courant, 11 Feb 1797).
Jan Fergus and Janice Farrar Thaddeus, ‘Women, Publishers,
and Money, 1790–1820’, Eighteenth-Century Culture 17
(1987), 191–207 (p. 193). In a footnote the authors note the
possibility that Clark might have gained more through delivering
books herself. The papers examined, relating to the dissolution
of the partnership of Hookham and Carpenter, survive in the
Public Record Office.
Mary Champion de Crespigny was married to Claude Champion
de Crespigny, an Admiralty official (later baronet), and cultivated
a naval and aristocratic circle whose members included the
Prince of Wales. She published The Pavilion: A Novel
(1796) with William Lane. Her name features in numerous subscription
lists, including Entries 6, 8, 18, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 56.
See Dedication, I, xii. A Minerva Library
catalogue of 1814 later identified the author as Lieut. Arnold
: see Dorothy Blakey, The Minerva Press, 1790–1820
(London: Bibliographical Society, 1939). The same author went
on to publish two further novels with the Minerva Press, the
second of these, The Irishmen (1810), describing him
as ‘a native officer’ (i.e. an Irishman himself).
An example of the former is found in
the subscription list appended to my own copy of Ann Catharine
Holbrook’s Realities and Reflections, in which virtue and
vice are contrasted (2nd edn, 1822). This includes c.
420 names grouped under a number Midland towns and neighbourhoods.
Maurice Couturier, Textual Communication:
A Print-Based Theory of the Novel (London and New York:
Routledge, 1991), pp. 45–46. For commentary on the subscription
method of publication in the eighteenth century, see also
James Raven, Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and
Responses to Commerce in England 1770–1800 (Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 27, 56; and Dustin Griffin, Literary
Patronage in England, 1650–1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1996) especially pp. 258–85. Amongst individual
subscription titles, Frances Burney’s Camilla has received
a fair amount of attention: for a recent example, see Sara
Salih, ‘Camilla in the Marketplace: Moral Marketing
and Feminist Editing in 1796 and 1802’, in Authorship,
Commerce and the Public: Scenes of Writing, 1750–1850,
edd. E. J. Clery, Caroline Franklin and Peter Garside (Basingstoke
and New York: Palgrave, 2002), pp. 120–35.
Pioneering work, largely in theoretical
terms, can be found in Jon P. Klancher, The Making of English
Reading Audiences, 1790–1832 (Madison: University
of Wisconsin Press, 1987); and in Clifford Siskin, The
Work of Writing (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
1998). William St Clair’s The Reading Nation in the Romantic
Period (forthcoming, 2004) is eagerly awaited, and will
no doubt add a good deal of fresh evidence.
FICTION, 1780–1829: A CHECKLIST
Each entry there begins with details of title,
authorship and imprint, based on actual title-pages, albeit
with an element of standardisation (e.g. publisher’s addresses
are usually omitted). In bold is then given a breakdown of
the lists, in the following order: number of male subscribers
(M); number of female subscribers (F); gender-unidentifed
subscribers (U); sum total of subscriptions (S);
additional copies (A); total number of copies subscribed
(T). This line is completed with the name of the holding
library where the copy was seen (BL for British Library, and
so on). Three separate lines after this then record: i) main
locations of subscribers as evident or inferable from the
lists; ii) the social composition of the lists, again insofar
as this can be deduced; iii) an indication of type (say Gothic
or Sentimental), and, where relevant, special features (such
as reference to the French Revolution). After this a general
Notes field gives details concerning prefatory matter, the
positioning of the lists, etc., on an optional basis. Entries
are concluded, where appropriate, with information concerning
in-period further editions published in mainland Britain.
(1) Burton-Wood:In a Series of Letters,
by a Lady [Anna Maria Mackenzie], 2 vols, London (Printed
for the author, by W. Flexney, Holborn), 1783.
M127 F85 S212 A37 T249. Bristol.
London (inner City, Islington, West Ham); Home counties; North
Military, professional, trade (1 Distiller).
Moral sentimental; epistolary; digressions on British liberty,
military virtues, female education (semi-apologetically).
‘To the Subscribers of Burton-Wood’, 7pp. end of vol. 1, defends
novel as means of promoting virtue.
(2) Maria: A Novel, by the author
of George Bateman [Elizabeth Blower], 2 vols, London (T. Cadell
in the Strand), 1785.
M165 F91 S256 A57 T313. Bristol.
No locations, presumably London.
31 titled; literary and theatrical.
Domestic sentimental melodrama, with older-style satirical
Dedication to the Honourable Mrs Ward, stating design to ‘inculcate
the principle of Active Benevolence’, signed St James’s
Place, 10 May 1785. Subscribers inc: Richard Cumberland, Charles
Macklin [actor], Mr [Samuel Jackson] Pratt, Sir Joshua Reynolds,
R. B. Sheridan, Josiah Wedgwood.
(3) St. Bernard’s Priory: An Old English
Tale, being the first literary production of a young lady
[Martha Hugell], 1 vol., London (Printed for authoress, and
sold at Swift’s Circulating Library), 1786.
M53 F76 U1 S130 A18 T148. BL.
No locations, presumably London.
No high-ranking nobility; one-third ‘Miss’.
Sentimental historical, touches of Walpole’s Castle of
Dedication to the Duchess of Devonshire (to whom she is ‘personally
unknown’), signed No 25 Duke Street, St James’s, 1 May 1786.
Large format, with ‘Price 3s’ on title-page. Mr Swift takes
Further edn: 1789 as Priory of St Bernard, 2 vols,
(4) The History of Lady Caroline Rivers,
in a Series of Letters, by Miss Elizabeth Todd, 2 vols,
London (Printed for the author), 1788.
M76 F69 S/T145. BL.
Predominantly London, with strong Westminster contingent,
also fashionable squares.
Prince of Wales and Duke of York head list; smattering of
aristocrats; well-placed commoners; 3 Admirals.
Burneyesque sentimental comedy, aristocratic characters; epistolary.
Prefatory ‘To the Ladies’, begging indulgence towards a 17-year
old author, signed No. 21, Queen Street, Westminster. Subscribers
inc. ‘Miss Burney, Queen’s Palace’.
(5) Eleonora, a Novel, in a Series of
Letters, written by a female inhabitant of Leeds in Yorkshire
[Mrs Ann Gomersall], 2 vols, London (Printed for the authoress,
by the Literary Society and the Logographic Press, and sold
by J. Walter; and W. Richardson), .
M83 F101 U33 S217 A5 T222. BL.
70 London and suburban; South and South West (ports); Leeds
area; Jamaica contingent.
Middle class professional and presumably also trade; titled
and some literary women.
Social domestic epistolary (wide class spectrum); pro-mercantile;
scenes from Leeds.
Dedication to Viscountess Irwin of Temple Newsam, Yorkshire.
(6) The Son of Ethelwolf: An Historical
Tale, by the author of Alan Fitz-Osborne [Anne Fuller],
2 vols, London (Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson), 1789.
M297 F271 S568 A180 T748. Bristol.
Locations only infrequently (London, Bath, Hotwells, Ireland).
86 aristocrats (several Irish titles); 50 military; 26 clergy.
Dramatic sentimental historical.
Dedication to His Royal Highness, George Prince of Wales.
Subscribers inc: Mrs Crespigny; Master of Ceremonies at Bath;
Further edn: 1800.
(7) The Citizen, a Novel, by Mrs
[Ann] Gomersall of Leeds, author of Eleanora, 2 vols, London
(Printed for Scatcherd & Whitaker; and sold by Binns,
Leeds, and Edwards and Son, Halifax), 1790.
M98 F112 U37 S/T247. BL.
London suburban; Home counties; Leeds and Whitby; Jamaica
Minimal aristocratic: presumably fair component professional
Social domestic epistolary; pro-mercantile.
Dedication to Right Honourable Viscountess Irwin.
(8) The History of Miss Meredith;
a Novel, by Mrs [Eliza] Parsons, 2 vols, London (Printed
for the author, and sold by T. Hookham), 1790.
M160 F285 S445 A118 T563. BL.
London West End; Surrey; East Anglia; Wessex.
High aristocratic (headed Prince of Wales and royal Dukes);
Oxbridge contingent; female literary.
Moral sentimental genteel: twin female correspondents marry
Preface gives address as No. 15, East-place, Lambeth. Subscribers
inc: Mrs Bonhote, Bungay, Suffolk; Miss Harriet Bowdler, Bath;
Mrs Crespigny, Camberwell, 6 copies.
Further edn: 2nd edn, 1790.
(9) The History of Georgina Neville;
or, the Disinterested Orphan: A Novel, being the first
literary attempt of a young lady, 2 vols, London (Printed
for the authoress: sold by T. Hookham; and J. Carpenter),
M79 F143 S222 A4 T226. BL.
London West End; small NW England element.
Headed 8 Dukes/Duchesses; high proportion female aristocrats.
Moral sentimental genteel (well-bred heroine, destitute, has
notion of funding herself by playing guitar!).
Dedication, ‘with permission’, to the Hon Lady Warren: stresses
the potential usefulness of novel of manners as an ‘inducement
to virtue’. Adv. for Hookham’s Circulating Library, Old Bond
Street, on last page. BL copy (12611.c.27) has book plate
of Viscountess Bulkeley (one of the subscribers).
(10) The Sword; or, Father Bertrand’s
History of his Own Times, from the Original Manuscript,
by Eliza Clarke [afterwards Cobbold], 2 vols, Liverpool (Printed
for the author by A. Smith, and sold by R. Faulder, London),
M216 F44 U2 S262 A62 T324. Bristol.
Liverpool; East Anglia (mostly Ipswich); London.
Professional men (medical, mercantile); clergy; middle-rank
Historical-sentimental, antiquarian (12th-century Norman times).
Subscribers inc: Warren Hastings, Esq., London; William Roscoe,
(11) Orwell Manor: A Novel, by Mary
Elizabeth Parker, 3 vols, London (Printed for the author,
at the Minerva Press), 1795.
M118 F60 S178 A45 T223. BL.
London; Sussex; English provincial.
Minor aristocracy and gentry; Surrey militia.
Sentimental domestic, shades of Gothic (discounted).
(12) The Traditions, a Legendary Tale,
written by a young lady [Mary Martha Butt, afterwards Sherwood],
2 vols, London (Printed for William Lane, Minerva), 1795.
M347 F390 U3 S740 A199 T939. Yale.
Berkshire; West Midlands; London.
Nobility and gentry; clergy; militia officers; 49 Oxford fellows;
11 MPs; high proportion ‘Miss’.
Historical (English medieval) sentimental, with Radcliffean
Prefatory statement from Mr St Quentin, thanking the author
and subscribers, dated Hans Place, Brompton, 10 May 1795.
Subscribers inc: Miss Austen, Steventon, near Overton; [Richard]
Lovell Edgeworth, Esq., Edgeworth’s-town; James Mill, Esq;
Miss Mitford, Reading; Miss Seward, Lichfield.
Further edn: 1796 (no list).
(13) Camilla: or, a Picture of Youth,
by the author Evelina and Cecilia [Frances d’Arblay, née Burney],
6 vols, London (Printed for T. Payne; and T. Cadell jun. and
W. Davies), 1796.
M431 F609 U18 S1058 A136 T1194. Bristol.
London (16 only named); Home Counties (69); East Anglia (29);
Midlands (25); Wessex (19); North of England (17); Scotland,
Ireland, Wales (15).
Wide band of nobility and gentry (headed Duchess of York and
Duke of Gloucester); official postholders; clergy; book societies;
high proportion women subscribing singly.
Moral social comedy (broadly non-political).
Dedication to the Queen, signed F. d’Arblay, Bookham, 28 June
1796. Subscribers inc: Edmund Burke (5 sets); James Beattie;
George Canning; Miss Edgeworth; Warren Hastings; Thomas Holcroft;
Miss [Sophia] Lee and Miss Harriet Lee; Hannah More; ‘Miss
J. Austen, Steventon’.
Further edn: 1802 (altered, no list).
(14) The Contradiction, by the Rev.
William Cole, 1 vol., London (Printed for T. Cadell, jun.,
and W. Davies), 1796.
M162 F75 S237 A38 T275. Bristol.
Gentry and clergy; female subscribers usually part of family
Moral and literary in flavour; shades of Tristram Shandy.
(15) The Creole; or, the Haunted Island,
by S[amuel James] Arnold, 3 vols, London (Printed for C. Law;
Hookham; and Bell), 1796.
M91 F38 S129 A121 T250. BL.
Central London; SE England; Glasgow contingent.
Professional and naval.
Primitivist fable, with philosophical touches.
Preface signed Duke Street, Westminster, Sept 1796. Additional
copies inflated by Mr Greenhill, Gracechurch-street (100 copies).
(16) Memoirs of the Princess of Zell,
Consort to King George the First, [by Sarah Draper], 2
vols, London (Printed for the author, by William Lane, at
the Minerva Press), 1796.
M108 F169 U3 S280 A43 T323. BL.
City of London and suburbs; Hertfordshire; East Anglia (16
Ely, largely ecclesiastical).
Minor professional; presumably tradespeople (one grocer’s
Fictionalised monarchist royal memoirs.
Dedication to Her Serene Highness, the Margravine of Brandenbourg
Anspach, signed Sarah Draper, Hammersmith. ‘To the Reader’
disclaims any political intention or direct contemporary reference.
(17) The Mystery of the Black Tower,
a Romance, by John Palmer, jun., author of The Haunted
Cavern, 2 vols, London (Printed for the author, by William
Lane, at the Minerva-Press), 1796.
M82 F33 S115 A4 T119. Yale.
London theatres (31 Drury Lane, 6 Covent Garden); London residential
Actors and actresses, some well-known; theatre-goers?
Gothic horror romance.
(18) Woodland Cottage: A Novel,
2 vols, London (Printed for Hookham and Carpenter), 1796.
M128 F179 S307 A43 T350. BL.
Most without locations (presumably London); Portsmouth element;
120 aristocrats (many ‘Hon’ female); 35 military (high-ranking).
Sentimental domestic; beau monde versus country virtues.
Dedication to Right Hon. Lady Elizabeth Drummond, stressing
author’s gratitude, diffidence before the Public with her
‘first essay’, and family’s ‘pecuniary distress’. Subscribers
inc. Mrs Crespigny.
(19) Charles Dacre: or, the Voluntary
Exile: An Historical Novel, Founded on Facts, 2
vols, Edinburgh (Printed by John Moir), 1797.
M15 F17 S/T32. BL.
19 aristocrats (Duke of Buccleuch and family prominent); 13
commoners (one Writer to the Signet).
Picaresque adventures, male sentimentalism; disappointed hero
retreats to Switzerland.
‘Address to the Reader’ states author’s inexperience, and
claims that friend prevailed on him to publish.
(20) Clara Lennox; or, the Distressed
Widow: A Novel, Founded on Facts, Interspersed with an Historical
Description of the Isle of Man, by Mrs [Margaret] Lee,
2 vols, London (Printed for the authoress, by J. Adlard; and
sold by J. Parsons), .
M0 F68 S/T68. BL.
No locations, presumably Court.
Aristocratic female (headed Princes of Wales and Duchess of
York): high proportion in other lists.
Sentimental moralistic (effusively pro-virtue); epistolary.
Dedication, ‘by permission’, to the Duchess of York.
Further edn: 2nd edn, 1797.
(21) Munster Abbey, a Romance: Interspersed
with Reflection on Virtue and Morality, written by Sir
Samuel Egerton Leigh, 3 vols, Edinburgh (Printed by John Moir:
for W Creech; Hookham and Carpentar [sic], [and] Vernor
and Hood, London), 1797.
M841 F376 S1217 A279 T1496. BL.
London 617 (high density West End squares); 333 Scotland (ibid.,
Edinburgh New Town).
Aristocracy and baronetcy; senior military; 37 MPs (inc. William
Moral domestic; virtue rewarded, after some anxieties.
Dedication (by the author) to Duchess of Marlborough. List
co-headed the Duchess and ‘His Royal Highness Monsieur, Holyroodhouse’.
(22) Edgar; or, the Phantom of the Castle:
A Novel, by R[ichard] Sickelmore, 2 vols, London (Printed
at the Minerva-Press, for William Lane), 1798.
M57 F9 S/T66. Corvey.
No locations, presumably Brighton (see Preface).
Largely male untitled; 3 females share author’s surname.
Routine Minerva Gothic.
(23) Heaven’s Best Gift: A Novel,
by Mrs Lucius Phillips, a near relation to Major General Phillips,
3 vols, London (Printed for the author, and sold by W. Miller;
and Lloyd), .
M31 F53 S/T84. Corvey.
Large aristocratic element (56 titled, including ‘Lady’).
Sentimental domestic; pecuniary worries passim.
(24) Ianthé, or the Flower of Caernarvon,
a Novel, dedicated by permission to his Royal Highness
the Prince of Wales, by Emily Clark, grand-daughter of the
late Colonel Frederick, son of Theodore, King of Corsica,
2 vols, London (Printed for the author; and sold by Hookham
and Carpenter), 1798.
M106 F90 U1 S197 A74 T271. BL; Corvey lacks list.
No locations, apart from Oporto (c. 30); but presumably
Royal princes head list; mixed bag follow.
Domestic sentimental (‘poor Willoughby’ proves a deceiver!).
(25) Mort Castle: A Gothic Story,
1 vol., London (Printed for the author; sold by J. Wallis),
M32 F41 S73 A14 T87. BL.
Court aristocracy, headed Princess of Wales; 28 male commoners
follow 19 female ones.
High Gothic terror.
Dedication, unusually effusive, to Her Royal Highness the
Duchess of York. Subscribers inc. R. B. Sheridan, Esq., MP.
(26) The Rock; or, Alfred and Anna:
A Scottish Tale, by a young Lady [Mrs Barnby], her first
literary attempt, 2 vols, London (Printed for the author,
and sold by Lee and Hurst; Harding), 1798.
M60 F44 S104 A6 T110. BL.
Primarily Mr and Mrs (no aristocrats); occasional army officer.
Historical-sentimental, Scottish medieval (lost manuscript).
Further edn: 2nd edn, 1799 (Corvey, with list).
(27) A Welsh Story, [by Mary Barker],
3 vols, London (Hookham and Carpenter), 1798.
M75 F89 S164 A11 T175. Cardiff City Library.
London (West End); Bath (4 booksellers); Midlands (Stafford
or near); Wales (mainly S. Glamorgan); Ireland (Dublin and
Middling aristocratic (but headed Duke and Duchess of York);
gentry and professional.
Sentimental domestic; country setting.
Dedication to the Duchess of York, signed Mary Barker.
(28) Eva: A Novel, dedicated by
permission to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester,
by Isabella Kelly [afterwards Hedgeland], author of Madeline,
Abbey of St. Asaph, Avondale Priory, &c., 3 vols, London
(Printed at the Minerva-Press, for William Lane), 1799.
M36 F33 S/T69. Corvey.
No locations, presumably Court.
Female aristocrats (inc. Duchess of York); military; 26 plain
Sentimental melodrama, virtuous aristocrats rewarded; post-Revolutionary
(29) The Force of Prejudice, a Moral
Tale, [by Joseph Wildman], 2 vols, London (Printed by
J. Barfield, for the author, and to be had of him, No 18,
West-Street, Soho), 1799.
M273 F476 S/T749. Bristol.
545 locations, of which 533 London residential addresses (West
End, Bloomsbury, Finsbury etc.).
In-town aristocracy; 25 MPs; military and professional.
Moral sentimental domestic: the bereft find security.
Dedication to Lady Howard, signed Joseph Wildman, West-Street,
Soho, 19 Dec 1799. ‘Advertisement to the Reader’, also dated
19 Dec 1799, apologises for mistakes made in haste to complete.
Another notice, dated 25 March 1800 (following supplementary
list dated the same) apologises for late delivery, blaming
the increased price of paper; 250 sets remain unsold, and
the list will remain open for a while longer.
Further edn: 1800 (BL 1507/854 has MS additions to subscribers).
(30) He Deceives Himself: A Domestic
Tale, by Marianne Chambers, daughter of the late Mr. Charles
Chambers, many years in the service of the Hon. East-India
Company, and unfortunately lost in the Winterton, 3
vols, London (Printed for C. Dilly),1799.
M91 F102 S193 A14 T207. BL.
London (city addresses, and south of the river); West Country
Merchant navy (21 Captain, only 1 RN); minor professional
Moral sentimental domestic; anti fashionable world.
Dedication to Mr Thomas Powell, of Bristol (her grandfather).
(31) The Heiress di Montalde; or, the
Castle of Bezanto: A Novel, by Mrs. Anne Ker, 2
vols, London (Printed for the author, and sold by Earle and
M9 F43 S52 A3 T55. BL.
Female aristocratic sponsorship (10 titled or ‘Lady’), headed
Duchess of Gloucester.
Dedicated, by permission , to her Royal Highness the Princess
Augusta Sophia (t.p. and dedication). Preliminaries include
Notice, thanking ‘the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public in
general, who have honoured her first publication’, and announcing
her Adeline St. Julian, to be published in November.
(32) Wareham Priory; or, the Will: A
Novel, Founded on Facts, by the Widow of an Officer
[?Mrs Adams], 2 vols, London (Published by J. Barker), 1799.
M147 F138 U2 S/T287. Bristol.
Essex; London; Kent; Hull; Liverpool.
Army and navy; militia; country gentry.
Moral domestic; old-fashioned epistolary.
Subscribers inc: Edward Austen, Esq.; Mrs E. Austen; Mrs Knight,
(33) Constantia Neville; or, the West
Indian: A Novel, by Helena Wells, author of “The Step-Mother,”
&c, 3 vols, London (Printed by C. Whittingham, for T.
Cadell, jun. and W. Davies; and W. Creech, Edinburgh), 1800.
M188 F187 U4 S379 A60. T439. BL.
South London surburban; Scotland; English towns.
Professional; colonial trade and military; some Americans.
Moral domestic; post-Revolutionary feminist elements.
Preface dated Little Park-Street, Westminster, 15 Apr 1800.
Main ‘List of Subscribers’ (as totalled above) followed by
‘Subscribers on the Continent’ (13 ‘Berlin’ names, 28 more
‘At Hamburgh’), and ‘Subscribers in Charleston, South Carolina’
(55 listed). Additional copies purchased by those 96 extra
subscribers amount to 23, making overall totals of 475 subscribers
and 558 copies.
Further edn: 2nd edn 1800 (Corvey, no list).
(34) Edwardina, a Novel: Dedicated
to Mrs. Souter Johnston, by Catherine Harris, 2 vols, London
(Printed for the author, at the Minerva-Press, by William
M24 F36 S/T60. Corvey.
London residential; English provincial.
Male military (3 Generals); respectable female.
Sentimental domestic; epistolary.
Dedication (effusively sentimental) to Mrs Souter Johnson.
(35) Eliza, a Novel, by Mrs. Yeates,
Daughter of the late Holland Cooksey, Esq. of Braces Leigh,
in the county of Worcester, 2 vols, Lambeth (Printed and published
by S. Tibson; and sold by C. Chapple, Pall-Mall; J. and E.
Kerby; J. Lee; and West and Hughes), 1800.
M69½ F53½ U2 S125 A50 T175. Corvey.
Worcestershire; London (West End); Oxford.
Country gentry; Master of the Rolls and 3 MPs.
Dedication ‘to the amiable and humane Mrs. Bland, of Ham-Court
in the County of Worcester’. Includes rare instance of husband
and wife joint subscription (‘Mackaughland, Col. and Mrs.’).
(36) Elliott: or, Vicissitudes of Early
Life, by a Lady [Mrs Burke], 2 vols, London (Printed and
published by Geo. Cawthorn, Bookseller to Her Royal Highness
the Princess of Wales; sold also by Messrs. Richardson; H.
D. Symonds, J. Wallis West and Hughes; and J. Wright), 1800.
M70 F144 S215 A36 T251. Corvey.
London residential; North Wales; English provincial; Edinburgh
cluster (at end).
Aristocracy (headed Duke of Gloucester and Scottish Argyll
family); country gentry; Edinburgh polite.
Sentimental domestic melodrama.
Last item ‘Messrs. Manners and Millar, Parliament-square,
Edinburgh, 6 sets’.
(37) Ermina Montrose; or, the Cottage
of the Vale, with Characters from Life, by Emily Clark,
grand-daughter of the late Colonel Frederick, and author of
“Ianthe; or, the Flower of Caernarvon”, 3 vols, London (Printed
for the author, and sold by James Wallis), 1800.
M66 F43 S109 A48 T157. Corvey.
Mixed bag generally.
High sentimental domestic: tribulations of heroine.
Dedication to the Right Honorable Countess of Shaftesbury,
signed Emily Clark, No 4, Cockspur-street, Haymarket.Subscribers
inc. Maria Edgeworth (20 copies).
(38) Idalia: A Novel, Founded
on Facts, 2 vols, London (Printed for the author, at the
M71 F76 S147 A123 T270. Corvey.
Unaristocratic; occasional Revd/middle rank officer.
Routine Minerva domestic sentimental; epistolary.
(39) Julia St. Helen; or, the Heiress
of Ellisborough: A Novel, published by Sarah Cobbe, Relict
of the Rev. Richard Chaloner Cobbe, Rector of Bradenham in
Buckinghamshire, and Chaplain to the Right Honourable The
Earl of Moira, 2 vols, London (Printed by J. Nichols; sold
by Earle and Hemet), 1800.
M149 F254 U6 S409 A21 T430. BL.
Headed Prince of Wales; aristocracy and gentry; clergy; 2
Sentimental domestic; orphan heroine and London incidents.
Dedication to ‘the Right Honourable the Earl of Moira, Baron
Rawdon’, dated 15 June 1800. Adv. for ‘Original French and
English Circulating Library, W. Earle’ after list. Subscribers
inc. Mrs Crespigny.
(40) The School for Fashion, by
Mrs. [Ann] Thicknesse, 2 vols, London (Printed by H. Reynell,
for Debrett and Fores; Hookham; and Robinsons), 1800.
28M 16F S44 A10 T54. Yale.
High society (headed Duchess of Marlborough and Duke of Buccleuch);
also the ubiquitous Mrs Crespigny.
Fashionable novel à clef.
‘Dedication. To Fashion’, signed ‘A. T.’. Frontispiece portrait
of ‘Mrs Thickness’, opp. t.p. in vol. 1; similar portrait
of ‘Philp. Thickness Esq’ opp. t.p.
in vol. 2. Subscribers inc. Mrs Crespigny.
(41) The Castle of Villeroy, a Romance,
by Frances Mary Mills, 1 vol., London (Printed by D. N. Shury;
and sold by T. Hurst), 1801.
M93 F174 U1 S268 A72 T340. Corvey.
No locations, but presumably London and environs.
Titled aristocracy (including Duchess of Marlborough); repectable
society (the Crespignys en bloc).
Radcliffian sentimental Gothic.
‘Dedication to the Subscribers’, signed 14, Blenham’s Buildings,
Camberwell; this gives drastically changed fortunes and ‘the
pressure of adversity alone’ as motivation. Subscribers inc.
Mrs Crespigny (8 copies). BL has a variant copy (C.192.a.219)
bearing the imprint of J. Skirven, Ratcliff-Highway, but otherwise
identical (includes list).
(42) Ruthinglenne, or the Critical Moment:
A Novel; dedicated, by permission, to Lady Dalling, by
Isabella Kelly, author of Madeline, Abbey of St. Asaph, Avondale
Priory, Eva, &c. &c., 3 vols, London (Printed at the
Minerva-Press, for William Lane), 1801.
M28 F35 S/T63. Corvey.
Flecked with upper-crust names.
Sentimental domestic à la Charlotte Smith; North of England
setting, ancient abbey.
Dedication to Lady Dalling, thanking her for her patronage
and alluding to the author’s family misfortunes. Subscribers
inc: Mrs Crespigny, Duchess of Gloucester, M. G. Lewis, Duchess
of York (last entry, under York).
(43) St. Mary’s Abbey: A Novel,
by an officer in the British Militia, 2 vols, Chelmsford (Printed
for the author, by R. C. Stanes, and Co.), 1801.
72M 27F 1U S/T100. Corvey.
No locations, but most probably in region of Chelmsford (see
imprint), warding off Napoleon!
Minor aristocracy; 42 militia offficers (mostly Royal Bucks);
Historical-sentimental: 2 female cousins escaping persecutions
of Henry VIII (Children of the Abbey spin-off?).
(44) The Bride’s Embrace on the Grave;
or, the Midnight Wedding in the Church of Mariengarten:
Taken from the German [of Ignaz Ferdinand Arnold], by Maria
Geisweiler, 2 vols, London (Printed by G. Sidney; for Constantine
M69 F90 U2 S161 A103 T264. BL.
London (West End and Central); Kent; Glasgow.
Headed Princess of Wales, Duchess of York, Duke of Cumberland;
smattering aristocrats; booksellers.
Trans. of Der Brautkuß auf dem Grabe, oder die Trauung
um Mitternacht in der Kirche zu Mariengarten (Rudolstadt/Arnstadt,
Notice by the author, dated 20 Mar 1802, in which she apologizes
‘for the delay in publication; owing to some very unpleasant
occurrences at the printing-office where it was first began,
and from which it was necessary to remove it to another for
its completion’. The author was the wife of Constantine Geisweiler,
a bookseller specialising in German books in London: see also
(45) Celina; or, the Widowed Bride:
A Novel, Founded on Facts, by Sarah Ann Hook, 3 vols,
London (Printed for the author, and sold No. 14, Warwick Court,
Holborn. A. Paris, Printer, Rolls’ Buildings), 1802.
M112 F77 S189 A31 T220. Urbana.
NW England (Lancaster prominent); Staffordshire; other English
towns; London and Bath.
Middle ranks (clergymen, military, country gentry, probably
tradespeople). Females listed first alphabetically.
Sentimental domestic melodrama.
‘Humbly Dedicated to the Public’.
Further edn: 1803 as The Widowed Bride, or Celina (Corvey—a
reissue by Lane and Newman; but no list).
(46) The Rules of the Forest, by
Susanna Oakes, 3 vols, Derby (Printed by J. Drewry, and sold
by all Booksellers in the three Kingdoms), .
M56 F36 S92 A20? T112?. Corvey.
Full ‘neighbourhood’ spectrum (Duchess of Devonshire, country
Sentimental pastoral domestic; some ‘high life’ characters.
Frontispiece depicts the authoress as ‘keeper of the circulating
library at Ashborne in the County of Derby’. ‘Advertisement’
at the end vol. 1 offers an apology for ‘the repeated delays
during the process of the foregoing pages’, and promises that
the remaining vols will be ‘brought forward as expeditiously
as possible’. List of ‘Subscribers Names’ (4pp. unn.) at the
beginning of vol. 3; sums donated (most commonly 10s 6d) range
from £5 to 5s. Vol. 3 t.p. is dated 1802. Novel proper ends
on p. 462, followed by a final ‘Advertisement’ stating
that the length of the final vol., and expence on paper, has
necessitated raising the price: ‘First Subscriptions, 10s.
6d.—with additions, 13s. 6d.’.
(47) the Cave of Cosenza: A Romance
of the Eighteenth Century; altered from the Italian, by
Eliza Nugent Bromley, author of Laura and Augustus; dedicated,
by permission, to his Royal Highness the Duke of York, 2 vols,
London (Printed by W. Calvert; for G. and J. Robinson; and
Hookham and Ebers), 1803.
M75 F33 S108 A31 T139. Corvey.
London residential; English provincial.
Aristocratic (headed royal dukes and Duchess of York); military.
Dedication, dated London, Dec 1803, presents author ‘as an
officer’s widow, [and] as a lineal descendant of soldiers’.
(48) Kerwald Castle, or, Memoirs of
the Marquis de Solanges: Translated from the French [of
Jean-Auguste Jullien], by Mrs. Barnby, author of The Rock;
or, Alfred and Anna: A Scottish Tale, 2 vols, Maidstone (Printed
for the author by D. Chalmers, and sold by Wilkie, Symonds,
and Hurst, Paternoster Row, London), .
M141 F39 U6 S186 A6 T192. BL.
Maidstone; Kent; Essex; Norfolk.
Townspeople of Maidstone (1 wine-merchant); miltary personnel
(depôt at Maidstone); 2 book societies.
Pre-revolutionary France; epistolary.
Trans. of Mémoires du Marquis de Solanges (Amsterdam,
Further edn: 1804 (Corvey—a Minerva reissue, but no list).
(49) Miranda; or, the Mysterious Stranger:
A Novel; dedicated, by permission, to the Rt. Hon. Viscountess
Bulkeley, by Esther Holsten, author of “Ernestina”, 2 vols,
London (Printed by J. Cundee, for M. Jones), 1803.
M66 F61 S127 A18 T145. Corvey.
London and suburban (Cheapside, Whitechapel; Lambeth, Kennington).
Headed Duchess of York and Duke of Cumberland: mostly untitled
follow (4 Dr).
Sentimental domestic: imperilled heroine.
Dedication effusively acknowledges ‘high patronage’.
(50) The Mysterious Count; or, Montville
Castle: A Romance, by Anne Ker, 2 vols, London
(Printed by D. N. Shury, for the Author, and sold by
Crosby and Co.), 1803.
M5 F23 S28 A2 T30. Corvey.
High aristocratic female (headed Princess of Wales); 14 untitled
Sentimental melodrama, with some Radcliffean terror elements;
(51) Casualties: A Novel, by Mary
Goldsmith, author of The Comedy entitled She Lives! or, The
Generous Brother, 2 vols, London (Printed by Roden and Lewis;
for T. Hughes; and sold by Jordan Hookham; Harding; Lloyd;
and J. Ridgeway), 1804.
M6 F21 ST27 A3 T30. BL; Corvey lacks list.
High aristocratic female (headed Duchess of Devonshire), followed
by 10 commoners (women first).
Moral sentimental domestic.
Dedication to the Honorable Mrs A. M. Egerton. T.p. carries
the following statement: ‘No Subterranean Caverns—Haunted
Castles—Enchanted Forests—Fearful Visions—Mysterious Voices—Supernatural
Agents—Bloody Daggers—Dead Men’s Skulls—Mangled Bodies—Nor
Marvellous Lights, form any Part of the present Work; but
will be found, on Perusal, to arise out of Natural Incidents.’
(52) Galerio and Nerissa, including
Original Correspondence, the History of an English Nobleman
and Lady; several Poetical Effusions, and a Few Domestic Anecdotes,
[by John Gale Jones], 1 vol., London (Printed for the author,
and sold by Messrs. Jordan and Maxwell),1804.
M146 F16 S162 A34 T196. BL.
London residential (Soho, Chelsea, Bloomsbury, Strand etc.);
Professional (medical, naval administrative); trade (2 coachmakers,
1 engraver, 1 linen draper).
‘Price four shillings in boards’ on t.p.
(53) The Adventures of Cooroo, a Native
of The Pellew Islands, by C. D. L. Lambert, 1 vol., Norwich
(Printed and sold by Stevenson and Matchett; sold also by
Scatcherd and Letterman,London, and all other Booksellers),
M67 F14 U4 S85 A1 T86. BL; Corvey lacks list.
Presumably local Norwich; one London address.
Smattering of minor aristocracy; predominantly Esq. and Mr;
3 book clubs.
Trans-cultural satire: Cooroo in England.
Dedication to Lady Harriet Berney.
(54) Delmore, or Modern Friendship:
A Novel, by Mrs. [D.] Roberts, 3 vols, London (Printed
for the author, and sold by R. Faulder), 1806.
M79 F30 S109 A1 T110. Corvey.
(Whig?) aristocracy (headed Princes of Wales and Duchess of
York); 13 MPs.
Domestic moral; fashionable characters.
Dedication to the Princess of Wales, expressing ‘vast debt
of obligation’, signed D. Roberts, Clarence Place. Subscribers
inc. ‘Mrs. Opie’. ‘Additional Subscribers’ (7 more names,
included above) at end of vol. 3.
Further edn: 1809.
(55) The Strangers; a Novel, by
Mrs. Norris, author of Second Love, &c., 3 vols, London
(Printed by W. Glendinning; and published for the Author,
by Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe), 1806.
M110 F131 S241 A16 T257. Urbana.
About 20% Irish (places or militia affiliations); remainder
Military; some East India men; English sponsors (inc. Duchess
Moral social domestic.
‘To The Reader’, dated London, Apr 1806: this states that
the Duchess of Devonshire had accepted the dedication, before
her recent death; it also describes the author as being separated
‘from her native country, and consequently from friends and
connections’ (p. vi).
Further edn: 1807 as Olivia and Marcella; or, the Strangers
(Corvey—a reissue by B. Crosby and Co., without list).
(56) The Thatched Cottage; or, Sorrows
of Eugenia: a Novel, by Sarah [Scudgell] Wilkinson, 2
vols, London (Printed for T. Hughes, by Dewick & Clarke),
M59 F95 S154 A40 T194. Corvey.
Royal princesses (4, along with Margravine of Anspach, head
list); court and circle.
Sentimental domestic; aristocratic figures.
Dedication to ‘Mrs. [Isabella?] Fielding’, signed 10, William-Street,
Pimlico, thanking her for ‘reiterated favours’. Subscribers
inc. Lady Crespigny, Lady Mary Coke, Earl of Pomfret, and
(57) Helen; or Domestic Occurrences:
A Tale, [by Augusta Ann Hirst], 2 vols, London (Printed
for the author: sold by W. Bent), 1807.
M 270 F296 U2 S568 A140 T708. Bodleian.
Sheffield and North East; London; English provincial.
Middle ranks (high proportion Mr/Mrs/Miss); 6 aristocrats
only (inc. Countess Fitzwilliam).
Sentimental domestic; epistolary.
Dedication to Countess Fitzwilliam’, signed Augusta Ann Hirst,
London, 6 Apr 1807.
Further edn: 1808 (Corvey—a reissue by the Minerva Press with
the author’s name on t.p., but no list).
(58) The Mysterious Wanderer: A Novel;
dedicated, by permission, to the Right Hon. Lady Elizabeth
Spencer, by Sophia Reeve, 3 vols, London (Printed for the
author, by C. Spilsbury; and sold by Richardson and Son; J.
Highley; and Didier and Tebbett), 1807.
M142 F61 U1 S204 A14 T218. Harvard.
No locations, but Norfolk preponderance likely.
Spencer family; minor aristocracy and gentry; c. 50
Esq.; otherwise Mr/Mrs/Miss common.
Fashionable sentimental melodrama.
‘Advertisement’, dated 1 Feb 1807. Dedication to Lady Elizabeth
Spencer. Book-Club, Norwich, subscribes.
(59) A Peep at our Ancestors: An Historical
Romance, by Henrietta Rouviere [afterwards Mosse], author
of Lussington Abbey, Heirs of Villeroy, &c, 4 vols, London
(Printed at the Minerva-Press, for Lane, Newman, and Co.),
M38 F8 S/T46. Corvey.
Dublin and Irish towns; London polite residential.
Irish aristocratic; 5 MPs Dublin; professional and commerce?
Historical (12th-century England).
Frontispiece portrait of the author. Dedication to ‘His Grace
the late Duke of Leinster’, dated London, 1 Oct 1807. ‘Address’
states that the work intended originally to have appeared
(in Dublin) ‘by subscription’ in Feb 1805, but was deferred
through the the death of Duke of Leinster then of the author’s
mother; the Dublin sponsors had proved better at promises
than execution, and the present names are from ‘her own private
list that she personally received here, and which she
thinks necessary to subjoin’.
(60) Alzylia, a Novel, [by Miss
Weimar], 4 vols, London (Printed for the author, by T. Collins;
and published by C. Chapple), 1808.
M49 F52 S/T101. BL.
Minor aristocracy and respectable middle rank (5 MPs, 6 Revds).
Sentimental domestic: highly coloured writing.
(61) Artless Tales: by Mrs. Ives
Hurry [née Margaret Mitchell], 3 vols, London (Printed for
Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme), 1808.
M126 F195 S321 A115 T436. Corvey.
Hackney; Clapham; East Anglia; Liverpool.
Middle class; 12 Revd; high proportion of ‘Mrs’ (alone).
Moral domestic, partly in the manner of Amelia Opie (one of
(62) The British Admiral: A Novel,
by A Naval Officer [Lieut Arnold], London (Printed at the
Minerva-Press, for Lane, Newman, and Co.), 1808.
M21 F3 S/T24. Corvey.
Princess of Wales; the royal Dukes; leading nobility; Covent
Garden actors and actresses; also ‘Mr, Chapple, 66, Pall Mall,
(who is so good as to receive subscriptions)’.
Social domestic satirical: naval central character.
Dedication ‘to Sir Home Popham, Knight, Commander of His Majesty’s
Squadron at the Glorious Capture of Buenos Ayres, on the 27th
of June, 1806’, dated 1 May 1808.
(63) Herbert-Lodge; a New-Forest Story,
by Miss [Ellen Rebecca] Warner, of Bath, 3 vols, Bath (Printed
by Richard Cruttwell, St. James’s-Street; and sold by Wilkie
and Robinson, London), 1808.
M280 F445 U2 S727 A159 T886. Bristol.
9 named location (3 London); the remainder presumably Bath-dominated.
Aristocracy (headed Duchess of York) and gentry; high proportion
‘Esq.’; 38 Revd; 5 MPs. Family groupings common.
Sentimental domestic: French Revolution scenes and guillotining
of high society anti-heroine!
In Preface author mentions ‘the latter days of an infirm parent’
and ‘the sick couch of an only sister’; she hopes to deserve
patronage received by ‘endeavouring to make her volumes the
medium of mental improvement, and moral and religious instruction’.
Subscribers inc: Miss J. Baillie; Professor Playfair; W. Roscoe,
Esq., and W. Roscoe, jun., Esq. Main list is followed by ‘Names
sent too late for insertion in the List’, p. [xxi]. Imprint
of Yale copy differs by reading: ‘[…] and sold by Longman,
Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London, 1808’.
(64) Ned Bentley, a Novel, by J[ames]
Amphlett, 3 vols, Stafford (Printed by J. Drewry; and published
by Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, London), 1808.
M179 F46 U6 S231 A36 T267. Corvey.
Staffordshire; Midlands generally; London; Liverpool.
Middle ranks; professional; book club/libraries.
Male picaresque: struggle for survival.
Dedication ‘to the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan’, stating work
to be written ‘in the spirit of those principles which you
have uniformly approved, and which are characteristic of genuine
English society’. Preface, alluding to the irregular manner
in which the work was written, dated Stafford, 2 Oct 1808.
Subscribers inc. ‘Roscoe William, esq. Liverpool’.
(65) The Village Gentleman, and the
Attorney at Law; a Narrative, by Mrs. [A.] Duncombe, 2
vols, London (Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty),
M21 F33 U2 S/T56. BL.
High aristocratic (18, headed Prince and Princess of Wales,
royal Dukes and Princesses); 2 Revd; remainder untitled.
Dedication to the the Countess of Albemarle, signed A. Duncombe.
(66) Edward And Laura: A Novel;
translated from the French, by a Bengal Officer, 2 vols, London
(Printed by J. Dean; for R. Ryan), 1809.
M277 F54 S331 A38 T369. UCLA.
4 locations only (all Indian).
India army officers (many of junior rank); East India Company
Trans. of Les Aventures d’Edouard Bomston (Lausanne,
1789), itself a trans. of Begebenheiten Eduard Bomston
in Italien (Altenburg, 1782), by Friedrich August Clemens
Werthes. ‘The English Translator’s Address’ (pp.[ix]-xii),
dated Camp near Saoronj, 20 May 1807. Text proper ends vol.
2, p. 168; pp. -188, contains ‘List of Subscribers’.
(67) The Officer’s Daughter; or, a Visit
to Ireland in 1790, by the daughter [Miss Walsh] of a
Captain in the Navy, deceased, 4 vols, London (Printed by
Joyce Gold, Shoe Lane), 1810.
M109 F115 U1 S225 A27 T252. Urbana.
West Country, especially ports; occasional London; Dublin
Army and navy; militia; naval administrative.
Sentimental domestic: Irish regional.
Dedication to the Hon. Mrs Fane, offering ‘this first effort
of my imagination to you’. Note at foot of list apologising
for any omissions of names caused by late arrival at the press.
(68) The Romance of The Highlands,
by Peter Middleton Darling, 2 vols, Edinburgh (Printed by
George Ramsay and Co. for the author; and sold by Peter Hill
and J. Sutherland; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London),
M124 F13 S137 A2 T139. Corvey.
Largely Edinburgh (though professsional/territorial designations
rather than addresses usually specified).
Legal professional; Scots aristocracy and lairds; tradesmen
(9 merchants); 8 circulating library proprietors.
Sentimental melodrama: Highland backdrop.
(69) Glencarron: A Scottish Tale,
by Miss [Sarah] Wigley, 3 vols, London (Printed for Henry
M50 F37 S87 A15 T102. Corvey.
Aristocratic and gentry (Scottish elements); non-titled.
Scottish historical (medieval): Gothic trace elements.
Dedication to the Marquis of Huntly, thanking him for patronage,
signed Sarah Wigley, High Street, Mary-le-bone, 15 May 1811,
at beginning of vol. 3; followed by ‘Subscribers’ (inc. ‘Miss
Owenson, 2 copies’).
(70) Julia de Vienne: A Novel, imitated
from the French, by a Lady, 4 vols, London (Printed for Henry
M27 F16 S/T43.Corvey.
Headed Prince of Wales, royal Dukes and Duchess of York; aristocrats
Dedication to the Prince of Wales, introducing ‘this my first
(71) Like Master Like Man: A Novel,
by the late John Palmer, (of the Theatre Royal, in the Haymarket:)
son to the deceased and celebrated John Palmer, of the Theatre
Royal Drury-Lane, and of the above mention’d theatre; with
a Preface, by George Colman, the Younger, 2 vols, London (Printed
for the Relief of the Author’s Widow, and sold by W.
M67 F20 S/T87. BL.
No locations, presumably London
Headed Prince Regent and Duke of York; aristocratical; theatrical/literary.
Preface, signed ‘George Colman, The Younger’ and dated 10
Apr 1811, describes how the manuscript had been purchased
by Mr Earle before the author’s death for 15 guineas, and
how the bookseller had agreed to its publication by subscription
instead. It also quotes from the proposal and describes how
the author’s widow has been living on subscriptions during
more than a year’s delay preparing the work. Subscription
against names vary between £5.00 and £1.00; 20 names have
no amount, pointedly indicating non-payment. Subscribers inc:
Thomas Dibdin, Charles Kemble, ‘M. G. Lewis, Esq.’.
(72) A Peep at the Theatres! and Bird’s-eye
Views of Men in the Jubilee Year! A Novel, satirical,
critical, and moral; by an Old Naval Officer, 3 vols, London
(Printed for C. Chapple), 1812.
M21 F9 S/T30. Harvard.
No locations, but presumably London.
List headed by three Dukes (Kent, Marlborough, Bedford); actors
and actresses evident amongst commoners.
Fashionable scandal novel.
‘Prefatory address ‘To the Subscribers’, dated Pall-Mall,
Feb 1812. Individual dedications to the Prince Regent, vol.
1, to the Duke of York, vol. 2, and to the Duke of Kent, vol.
3. Indvidual subscribers inc. Mrs Siddons and Charles Kemble.
(73) Silvanella, or the Gypsey; a Novel,
4 vols, Gloucester (Printed by Joseph Wood, for Longman, Hurst,
Rees, Orme, and Browne, Pater-Noster-Row, [London;] Brisley,
Stroud; and Washbourn, Gloucester), 1812.
M99 F88 S187 A162 T349. BL.
Gloucestershire, with concentration immediately south of Stroud;
London and environs; English provincial; Bath.
Headed Dukes of Clarence and Cumberland; local aristocracy;
clergy; 70 ‘Esq’.
Sentimental domestic melodrama.
Poem after t.p., ‘To a Friend’: ‘These lines were contributed
by a literary friend of the Authoress.’ List in BL copy includes
some ms additions (included in above count).
Further edn: 1812 (Corvey—a reissue by A. K. Newman, with
(74) The Faithful Irishwoman, or the
House of Dunder, by Captain S[parow] S. De Renzy, 2 vols,
London (Printed by J. Gillet; and sold by Sherwood, Neely,
and Jones), 1813.
M34 F33 S67 A11 T78. UCLA.
Smartish aristocracy; the surviving Crespignys en bloc;
3 jointly ‘Hon. and Rev.’.
Domestic sentimental: Irish dimension.
Dedication to ‘my Uncle, Sir Solomon Dunder, Bart.’ signed
‘Your affectionate Nephew, S. S. Dunder’.
(75) Jane De Dunstanville; or, Characters
as They Are: A Novel, by Isabella Kelly, author of Madeline,
Abbey of St. Asaph, Avondale Priory, Joscelina, Eva, Ruthinglenne,
Modern Incident, Baron’s Daughter, Secret, Literary Information,
French Grammar, Poems, &c. &c., 3 vols, London (Published
for the author, by J. Souter; and sold by Mr. Mozley, Gainsborough;
Messrs. Wilson and Co. York; Messrs. Doig and Sterling, Edinburgh),
M28 F29 S57 A32 T89. Urbana.
Presumably most London.
Military professional; minor aristocratic.
Dedication ‘to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales’,
signed Isabella Hedgeland, York Place, Brompton, 1 Sept 1813.
Subscribers inc: M. G. Lewis, General/Mrs Souter Johnstone
(5 copies each).
Further edn: 2nd edn 1819 (Corvey—a reissue by A. K. Newman,
(76) The Lady of Martendyke; an Historical
Tale of the Fifteenth Century, by a Lady [?Mary Phibbs],
London (Published for the author, by Henry Colburn), 1813.
M157 F170 S327 A25 T352. Corvey.
No locations: Bath subscription likely.
Polite society: middling aristocracy, gentry, MPs, Revds,
Historical (late Medieval European), with religious element.
Dedication ‘to the Most Noble the Marchioness of Ely’, dated
Laura House, Bath, Dec 1812. Preface stresses concern for
historical veracity, and mixture of confidence and diffidence
engendered by such ‘a catalogue replete with rank, talents,
and virtue’. Subscribers inc: Miss Edgeworth, 2 copies; Mrs
Hannah More—both names in italics.
(77) Liberality and Prejudice, a Tale,
by Eliza A. Coxe, 3 vols, London (Printed by E. & H. Hodson,
Cross-Street, for B. & R. Crosby & Co.), 1813.
M133 F21 S154 A9 T163. BL.
Headed Princess of Wales, Duchess of York and royal Dukes;
Whig aristocracy; 22 MPs.
Domestic social; political satire of electioneering; enlightened
Subscribers inc. D. Ricardo, Esq.
(78) The Prior Claim: A Tale, by
Mrs. [Maria] Iliff, 2 vols, London (Published for the author,
by J. Burch), 1813.
M70 F115 S185 A7 T192. Corvey.
South London surburban; English provincial (especially Nottinghamshire).
Headed Duke of Kent: thereafter Miss/Mrs prevalent.
Domestic moralistic (Amelia Opie-like).
Dedication. ‘To my Friends! And who, it may be asked, are
they?’, dated London, 4 Mar 1813: ‘It is the first, and will
probably be the last attempt of the kind which I shall intrude
upon the Public.’
(79) Conduct: A Novel, 3 vols, London
(Printed at the Minerva-Press, for A. K. Newman and Co.),
M109 F144 U2 S255 A40 T295. Corvey.
Middle ranks: professional; minor aristocracy; 14 Revd.
‘To the Subscribers and the Public’, in which author states
that the work ‘never would have been published, but for the
benefit of her seven, now orphan, children’. Subscribers inc.
Sir Eyre Coote, K.B M.P.[ex-governor of Jamaica]. Main list
followed by ‘Subscribers’ Names omitted in the Alphabetical
(80) The Neville
Family; an Interesting Tale, Founded on Facts, by A Lady
[M. Despourrins], 3 vols, Cork (Printed for the Author, by
W. West & Co.), 1814.
M152 F177 U1 S330 A89 T419. National Library of Ireland.
Southern Ireland (Kinsale and Cork predominate).
Anglo-Irish aristocracy and gentry; post-holders and military
(62nd regiment); professional and clergy (19 Revd); fair proportion
of Mrs and Miss.
Military male leads; moral domestic melodrama, with some epistolary
elements; West Indies and Dublin frame plot.
Dedication to Lady Kinsale, signed M. Despourrins.
Further edn: London 1815 (Corvey—a reissue, without list).
(81) The Life of a Recluse, [by
Ann? Gibson], 2 vols, Newark, (Printed and sold by M. Hage,
Stodman-Street: and may be had of all Country Booksellers;
and of Messrs. Longman, Hurst, and Co. Paternoster Row), 1815.
M286 F119 S405 A22 T427. Harvard.
Headed 11 (local) aristocrats; country gentry/clergy (alphabetically
first); Mr/Mrs/Miss (c. 75%).
First-person trials and tribulations.
‘Address to Subscribers’, signed A. Gibson, Screveton, near
Bingham, 1 Aug 1815. Last words present novel as ‘the Offspring
Further edn: London 1817 (Corvey—a reissue by A. K. Newman,
(82) Memoirs of the Villars Family;
or, the Philanthropist: A Novel, by Harriett Waller Weeks,
3 vols, London (Printed for the author, and published by C.
M11 F60 U2 S73 A25 T98. Corvey.
London residential; Lincolnshire.
Respectable middle-rank female.
Moral Christian domestic.
Preface describes as ‘calculated to answer a more important
end than the dissipation of an idle hour’: ‘the cause of morality
was her principal aim’.
(83) System and No System; or, the Contrast,
by Maria Benson, author of Thoughts on Education, 1 vol.,
London (Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to the Queen;
and sold by W. A. Justice, Howden), 1815.
M42 F54 U1 S97 A29 T126. Aberdeen.
Yorkshire (Humberside, especially centred on Howden).
Headed Viscountess Pollington (12 copies); local gentry; respectable
middle class; clergy.
Moral evangelical domestic.
Dedication ‘to the Honourable Viscountess Pollington’. Preface
signed Ousefleet Grange. ‘List of Subscribers’ is headed by
an apology for ‘a small addition’ to the price owing to ‘a
considerable advance […] in the price of paper’. Subscribers
inc. ‘Rev. Legh Richmond, Rector of Turvey, Bedfordshire’.
Preface advises ‘young female readers’ not to look for ‘a
Novel’, ‘the work in question being destitute of all
the concomitants which usually grace the page of fiction’.
(84) Angelion, or the Wizard in Elis:
A Romance, taken from the German [of Karl Friederich von
Benkowitz], by Maria de Geisweiler, 3 vols, London (Published
by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones; and Tabart and Co.), 1816.
M72 F95 U8 S175 A69 T244. BL.
No locations, presumably most London.
Occasional aristocrat; middle ranks; London booksellers; German
Trans. of Angelion, der Zauberer in Elis (Berlin, 1798–1800).
Multiples bought by several leading publishing houses.
(85) Melmoth House: A Novel, by
Mrs. J. Jenner, 3 vols, London (Printed for the author, and
sold by G. Austin, Battle; sold also by Baldwin, Cradock and
Joy, No. 47; Walker and Edwards, No. 44 Paternoster Row, and
R. Nunn, No. 48 Great Queen Street), 1816.
M92 F144 U1 S237 A21 T258. Corvey.
London residential; Sussex (Hastings, Battle); English provincial
Respectable middle class; naval and military.
Sentimental domestic; epistolary.
Introduction states author to have long passed her youth,
and ‘not likely to trespass again on their indulgence’. ‘List
of Subscribers’ at beginning of vol. 3. Subscribers inc. ‘Porter,
Miss. Cottage, Long Ditton’.
(86) Spanish Tales, translated from
Le Sage, and selected from other authors, by Mrs. Frederick
Layton, 3 vols, London (Printed for Hatchard; Barrett, Bath;
and Deighton, Cambridge), 1816.
M69 F32 U3 S104 A5 T109. BL.
Headed Princess Charlotte of Wales; aristocracy; clergy and
professional; 7 MPs.
Compilation (inset stories).
Half-title to vol. 1 states: ‘Published for the Benefit of
Distressed Clergymen with a large Family’. Dedication to the
Earl of Buchan, signed Jemima Layton. ‘List of Subscribers’
(78 names) and ‘List of Benefactors’ (26 listed) at beginning
of vol. 1: these are conflated above. Subscribers include
Thomas Johnes, Hannah More, William Roscoe, and Samuel Whitbread;
benefactors include Walter Scott.
(87) The Wanderings of a Goldfinch;
or, Characteristic Sketches in the Nineteenth Century,
[by Mary Anne M‘Mullan], 1 vol., London (Printed by W. Clowes;
for Messrs. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Co.; T. Egerton; and
E. Lloyd), 1816.
M240 F74 S314 A46 T360. BL.
Few locations, but Thames estuary focus implicit: Greenwich
(4), Deptford (1), Sheerness (1).
Royalty and high aristocracy; naval (50 RN); eminent professionals;
Dedication ‘to her Royal Highness the Princess Mary’, signed
‘Mary Anne M‘Mullan’, London, 22 Apr 1816. Subscription list
headed ‘Previous to Publication Copies of this Work were ordered
by’. Subscribers inc: Joanna Baillie, John Galt, Sir William
Knighton, Mrs Opie, and William Wordsworth.
(88) Maria, a Domestic Tale: Dedicated
by permission to Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte
of Saxe-Coburg, by Catherine St. George, 3 vols, London (Published
by J. Porter, Bookseller to Her Royal Highness the Princess
M80 F112 3U S195 A41 T236. Urbana.
Headed by Princess Charlotte and Prince of Saxe-Coburg (husband);
followed by royal Dukes and Duchesses; respectable commoners.
Domestic sentimental moral; epistolary.
Dedication signed Catherine St. George, Douglas, Isle of Man,
4 June 1817.
(89) Dunsany: An Irish Story, 2
vols, London (Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones), 1818.
M63 F70 S133 A36 T169. Corvey.
West Midlands (especially Shropshire); Wales; SW England.
Country gentry; naval and military officers.
Irish hero’s adventures in British society: Edgeworthian.
(90) Count Glarus of Switzerland:
Interspersed with Some Pieces of Poetry, by W[illiam]
S. Wickenden, the Bard of the Forest; dedicated, by permission,
to Edward Jenner, Esq. M.D.F.R.S., 1 vol., Gloucester (Printed
by J. Roberts, Herald Office; sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees,
Orme, and Brown, Paternoster Row, London; Barry and Son, Bristol;
and all other Booksellers), .
M100 F32 S132 A8 T140. Aberdeen.
Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean; London; Bath and Oxford.
Male professional (medical, legal); country residential.
Dedication dated Dean-Forest, Apr 1819.
(91) The Sisters of St Gothard: A Tale,
by Elizabeth Cullen Brown, 2 vols, London (Printed at the
Minerva Press for A. K. Newman and Co.), 1819.
M28 F35 S63 A14 T77. Corvey.
No locations (except 1 at Boulogne, 1 Winchester).
Random alphabetical list: naval officers (2 Vice Admirals,
3 Captains RN) most prominent feature.
Sentimental Swiss pastoral.
(92) Bleddyn; a Welch National Tale,
by W[illiam] S. Wickenden, the Bard of the Forest, author
of “Count Glarus of Switzerland”, 2 vols, London (Printed
for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy), 1821.
M82 F12 S94 A2 T96. National Library of Wales.
Gloucestershire, especially Forest of Dean (Lydney, Newnham
Country residential; clergymen (11 Revd) and professional.
Welsh historical (Civil war period).
Subscribers inc. Edward Jenner.
Another edn: 1 vol. 1821 (Corvey—with imprint of C. Chapple,
from the same sheets, but without list).
(93) Tales, by an Unwilling Author,
2 vols, Dublin (Richard Milliken, Bookseller to his Majesty,
his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence, his Excellency the
Lord Lieutenant, and the University of Dublin), 1822.
M34 F30 S64 A43 T107. Harvard.
Presumably mostly Irish; 2 Bath.
Irish titled and ecclesiastical.
Domestic melodramatic, and self-deflatory.
‘To the Reader’, signed ‘Necessity’, dated Feb 1818. ‘Subscribers’
Names’ end of vol. 2.
Further edn: reisssued London 1825 (Corvey, with list).
(94) Crates and Hipparchia: A
Tale, in a Series of Letters; translated from the German
of Christoph M[artin] Wieland, by Charles Richard Coke, 1
vol., Norwich (Printed by and for John Stacy, and sold in
London, by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; Baldwin,
Cradock, and Joy; G. and W. B. Whittaker; Harvey and Darton;
W. Wright; C. H. Baldwyn; and Henry Mozley, Derby), 1823.
M231 F17 U10 S258 A49 T307. BL.
Norfolk (Yarmouth, Gorleston; presumably most Norwich).
Professional, middle class.
Trans. of Krates und Hipparchia (Stuttgart, 1805).
Subscribers inc. Mrs Opie (2 copies).
(95) Adolphe and Selanie, or, the Power
of Attachment: A Moral Tale, Founded on Facts, by Henry
L[eopold] Dubois, teacher of French language, Edinburgh, 1
vol., Edinburgh (John Carfrae & Son; and Longman &
Co., London), 1824.
M318 F30 S348 A42 T390. BL.
Nearly all Scottish: mostly Edinburgh and environs.
Edinburgh legal establishment; other professional; clergy
Story set in France, period of Louis XVI.
Subscribers inc: Sir Walter Scott, Francis Jeffrey, J. G.
Lockhart, and John Galt.
(96) The Faithful Servant; or, the History
of Elizabeth Allen: A Narrative of Facts, [by Amelia Bristow],
1 vol., London: (printed for Francis Westley), 1824.
M32 F114 U7 S153 A100 T253. Bodleian.
Predominantly Mrs/Miss; 7 aristocrats (all female); clergy.
Evangelical didactic (exemplary story for servants).
Further edns: 2nd edn 1824; 4th edn 1832 as Elizabeth Allen;
or, the Faithful Servant, 5th edn 1836.
(97) Leave of Absence, by the Late
Major [Thomas Ajax] Anderson, 1 vol., Cardiff (Printed by
R. Lloyd, and sold by W. Bird; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme,
Brown, and Green, London), 1824.
M63 F13 S76 A92 T168. Urbana.
Cardiff and environs; smattering of London and other towns/cities.
South Wales gentry; military and professional; industry and
Military adventures and reminiscences.
Subscribers inc. Marquess of Bute, 15 copies.
(98) Tales; Mournful, Mirthful, and
Marvellous, by Mrs.[Sarah] Wilmot Wells, of Margate, 3
vols, London (Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green; and J.
Denne, Margate), 1827.
M90 F20 U5 S115 A4 T119. Corvey.
Margate and Ramsgate; London.
Duchess of Kent (under Kent); 4 other aristocrats (also in
capitals); otherwise untitled (1 ‘organist’).
Mixed bag tales.
‘Apologetical Preface’ signed Sarah Wilmot Wells, Paradise
Place, Dane Hill, Margate, Sept 1827. This refers to the author’s
‘first and unvizored intrusion into the literary hive’, and
likens the ‘pecuniary necessity’ compelling her to that of
the French emigrées after the French Revolution.
(99) Contrast, by Regina Maria Roche,
author of The Children of the Abbey; Discarded Son; Vicar
of Lansdown; Bridal of Dunamore; Tradition of the Castle;
Castle Chapel, &c. &c., 3 vols, London (A. K. Newman
& Co.), 1828.
M143 F53 U8 S204 A26 T230. Corvey.
London (polite residential and suburban villas); West Country
(11 Falmouth); other English provincial.
42 aristocrats (inc. 5 royal, heading list); high clergy (6
bishops); high-ranking military, several retired; 79 ‘Esq.’.
Sentimental melodrama, strong religious dimension.
Dedication to her Royal Highness the Princess Augusta, pointing
to earlier royal support and present exigencies, dated London,
10 Apr 1828. Subscribers inc: ‘L.E.L.’; Robert
Southey; William Wordsworth.
(100) Emma de Lissau; a Narrative of
Striking Vicissitudes, and Peculiar Trials; with Explanatory
Notes, Illustrative of the Manners and Customs of the Jews,
by the author of “Sophia de Lissau,” “Elizabeth Allen,” &c.
&c [Amelia Bristow], 2 vols, London (Published by T. Gardiner
and Son; sold by Hatchard and Son; Simpkin and Marshall, and
all other Booksellers), 1828.
M62 F143 U3 S208 A75 T283. Corvey.
London most likely.
Middling aristocratic; clergy; commoners (Mrs/Miss dominant).
Didactic evangelical: Jewish heroine converted (matching the
Preface dated Pimlico, 30 May 1828. Subscribers inc: Mrs Hannah
More; Miss Jane Porter; Miss Anna Maria Porter.
Further edns: 2nd edn 1829; 3rd edn 1830; 4th edn 1837; 5th
edn 1841; 6th edn 1847.
(101) The History of a French Dagger;
an anecdote of the Revolution, translated from the French,
by Henry L[eopold] Dubois, late surgeon of Cavalry in the
Imperial Army, 2 vols, London (Printed for the author, by
G. Duckworth), 1828.
M300 F21 U1 S322 A15 T337. BL.
London residential addresses (Chelsea; West End; City; Bloomsbury).
Medical (74 surgeons; 30 M.D.), military professional.
Picaresque anti-revolutionary satire.
Dedication ‘To My Subscribers’. The translated story [original
not discovered] depicts ‘in lively colours, such barbarous
transactions as were unfortunately too common during the days
of terror in Paris’ (p. iv).
(102) The Will; or, Twenty-One Years,
by Mrs. Ann Rolfe, author of “Miscellaneous Poems for a Winter’s
Evening;” “Choice And No Choice”, 1 vol., Saxmundham (Printed
and sold by L. Brightly), 1828.
M165 F22 S187 A8 T195. Bodleian.
All with locations, mostly East Anglian towns (Ipswich, Saxmundham,
Bungay, Colchester etc.).
Middle class professional (5 booksellers, 3 surgeons, 3 solicitors,
1 schoolmaster, 1 confectioner!).
Moral domestic melodrama, high society characters.
Prefatory ‘Author, Reviewer, and Reader’, in the form of a
dialogue. The text is in small print, and in word length matches
a contemporary three-volumed novel.