LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET (1862)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
Images showing its publication history
By

Jennifer Carnell

The first weekly part of Lady Audley's Secret, published anonymously in the first issue of the magazine Robin Goodfellow, 6 July 1861.
Despite the interest in Braddon's novel, the magazine was not a success and closed after 13 issues.

Thanks to reader demands the novel was republished and continued in the Sixpenny Magazine in monthly instalments beginning in January 1862.

The second edition (in original cloth) was published in 3 volumes by Tinsley Brothers in 1862 shortly after the first.
Eight editions in three volumes were published in swift succession as the book became a bestseller.

This three decker originally belonged to a circulating library in Leominster, H. Went.

The title page of volume 1.

The first page.

The first part of the 1863 serialisation of Lady Audley's Secret in the London Journal. Aimed at the working class reader, each part was illustrated by W. Gorway and printed in a three column penny dreadful style.
Part I illustration ‘Talboys Deserts His Wife and Child'.

Part II illustration ‘Phoebe Ransacking the Secret Drawer'.

The eleventh edition of Lady Audley's Secret.
Published by Tinsley Brothers in 1863.
I also have a copy of the tenth edition, which is identical to this copy.

Frontis illustration by George Du Maurier for the eleventh edition of Lady Audley's Secret.
" 'My lady, with her little hand resting lightly upon the opposite post to that against
which Robert leant,' page 295."
Published by Tinsley Brothers in 1863.

Title page of the eleventh edition of Lady Audley's Secret.
Published by Tinsley Brothers in 1863.

A yellowback edition published by J. & R. Maxwell in 1885.

Yellowback edition, published by Spencer Blackett, circa 1890.

Yellowback edition published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., circa 1891.

Yellowback edition published in 1892 by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co.

The autograph edition published by Simpkin, Marshall in 1893.
This copy is one of the many copies sent to Helen Cresswell, the hundred year old actress,
for her birthday in 1945. Helen Cressell (Helen Checketts) gave this copy away as a gift when she was 102 and
she lived until she was 104 years old.

The Daily Telegraph 100 Best Novels Library edition, published by the Daily Telegraph in 1899.
The hundred best classic novels were chosen by the editor, Sir Edwin Arnold, H.D. Traill & W.L. Courtney.

Reprint published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., circa 1905.

Pocket edition published by Thomas Nelson in 1908.

Pocket edition published by Thomas Nelson in 1908.
More can be read about the serialisation in The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon by Jennifer Carnell (Biography)

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