Jennifer Carnell

Over a period of fifty years, Braddon's novels were reprinted in one volume in a number of different cloth bound editions.
Below can be found examples of some of these bindings.

The eighth edition of Aurora Floyd. Published by Tinsley Brothers, this design was used for the first one volume edition and for the 'Library Edition of Miss Braddon's Novels', issued first by Tinsley, then by Ward, Lock, & Tyler, and lastly by John Maxwell in the 1860s. They were priced at 6 shillings (yellowbacks were two shillings) and were described in advertising as having, 'Frontispiece and Vignette Titles printed in tint on toned paper, price 6s.'

The seventh edition of Henry Dunbar published in the Library Edition binding by John Maxwell & Co. in 1865.
(The above picture of Henry Dunbar was kindly provided by Peter Harries of Boz Books.)

Parlour Edition of Sir Jasper's Tenant published by Ward, Lock, & Tyler, circa 1868.
An advert from 1869: 'Parlour Edition of Miss Braddon's Novels. In handy size, crown 8vo, printed in large, easily read type, handsomely bound in cloth, gilt back, lettered, price 3s. 6d. each.'
(The above picture of Sir Jasper's Tenant was kindly provided by Peter Harries of Boz Books.)

Stereotyped Edition of Aurora Floyd in a cloth binding, published by John & Robert Maxwell in 1878. There is also a brown version of this binding.

The first one volume edition of Just As I Am, published by John and Robert Maxwell, circa 1881.

Stereotyped edition of The Story of Barbara published by John & Robert Maxwell, circa 1885. This style was known as the 'Parchment Edition' binding, and has a parchment spine and corners, marbled boards, gilt edges, and leather title labels. A more delux version of the 'Cheap Uniform Edition' (see below), it was priced 3 shillings and sixpence.

Reprint of Mount Royal, circa 1885, published by John & Robert Maxwell. Known as the 'Cheap Uniform Edition of Miss Braddon's Novels', this edition was priced 2 shillings and sixpence.

Stereotype edition of Asphodel, circa 1887, published by Spencer Blackett. Spencer Blackett only published Braddon reprints for about one year.

Stereotyped Edition of The Lovels of Arden, circa 1890, published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. This edition was known as, 'The Author's Autograph Edition of Miss Braddon's Novels' and was priced at 2 shillings and sixpence.

Reprint of The Infidel, circa 1910, published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. This binding was called 'The Author's Edition'.

Here, in an unusual survival, is a dustwrapper for the Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Author's Edition of Vixen.
(The above picture of Vixen was kindly provided by Peter Harries of Boz Books.)

Pocket edition reprint of Lady Audley's Secret, circa 1908, published by Thomas Nelson. Vixen was the only other Braddon published in this edition.

Pocket edition reprint of The White House, circa 1910, published by Hurst and Blackett. Her Convict, Dead Love Has Chains, The White House, and During Her Majesty's Pleasure also appeared in this series.

Pocket edition reprint of Our Adversary, circa 1913, published by Hutchinson. Miranda, Beyond These Voices, and A Lost Eden also appeared in this series.

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