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Penny Popular Novels (The Masterpiece Library)
Publisher: "Review of Reviews" Office. Country: United Kingdom. Date: 1896- .

Stories of Sevastapol - Tolstoi [Tolstoy] (Penny Popular Novels/Masterpiece Library) (image)

Stories of Sevastapol... (Abridged.)
by Count Lyof. N. Tolstoi.
Translated from the Russian by Isabel F. Hapgood.
London, "Review of Reviews" Office, no date [c. 1896].
(Penny Popular Novels [The Masterpiece Library], no. 43).

Paperback with olive card covers (the olive colour is somewhat faded in this copy). 60 pages. The final page features publisher's advertisement. Abridged from Isabel Hapgood's translation that had been originally published by Walter Scott in 1890.

Series Note: Series Editor: W. T. Stead.

According to Grant Richards (in his Memories of a Misspent Youth, 1872-1896), this Penny Popular Novels series was built on W. T. Stead's technique of "boiling down the great novels of the world so that they might fit into, say, sixty-four pages instead of six hundred", so that each book in the series could be sold for just a penny and thus be affordable to less well off citizens.

Through his publication of several mass market series, such as Penny Popular Novels, The Penny Poets and Books for the Bairns, Stead became "the foremost publisher of paperbacks in the Victorian Age" (source: Sally Wood-Lamont).

Volume Number / Title / Author / Year of Publication

1. She: A Romance of Marvel and Mystery by H. Rider Haggard. [1896]
2. Monte Christo's Millions by Alexandre Dumas. (Abridged.) n.d. [1896-97]
3. The True History of Joshua Davidson, Christian and Communist by Mrs E. Lynn Linton. n.d.
4. The Vengeance of Monte Christo : A Sequel to "The Millions of Monte Christo" by Alexandre Dumas. n.d.
5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. n.d.
6. Little Em'ly by Charles Dickens. [1896].
7. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew. Wallace [Lewis Wallace]. n.d.
8. It is Never Too Late to Mend, or, The Horrors of a Convict Prison by Charles Reade. n.d.
9. Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Factory Life Fifty Years Ago by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. [1896].
10. Lay Down Your Arms! A Realistic Romance of Modern War. ... (Abridged.) by Bertha von Suttner. n.d.

11. Coningsby, or, The New Generation by Benjamin Disraeli. [1896].
12. The Tower of London. (Abridged.) by William Harrison Ainsworth. n.d.
13. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Baron. n.d.
14. Jane Eyre: an Autobiography by Currer Bell (Charlotte Bronte). (Abridged.) n.d.
15. Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family by Elizabeth Rundle Charles. [1896]
16. Pride and Prejudice. (Abridged.) by Jane Austen. n.d.
17. Hypatia; or, New Foes with an Old Face. (Abridged.) by Charles Kingsley. [1896-97?]
18. Charles O'Malley, the Irish dragoon. (Abridged.) by Charles James Lever. [1897]
19. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. n.d.
20. Aldersyde: A Border Story by Annie S. Swan. n.d.

21. The Queen's Diamonds, being Part 1 of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. n.d.
22. Noemi; or, The Brigand's Daughter: A Story of Rock-dwellers. (Abridged.) by Sabine Baring Gould. n.d.
23. The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's: A Public School Story. (Abridged.) by Talbot Baines Reed. n.d.
24. Five Weeks in a Balloon: A Voyage of Exploration and Discovery in central Africa. (Abridged.) by Jules Verne. n.d.
25. Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Marryat. (Abridged.) n.d.
26. Robert Falconer. (Abridged.) by George MacDonald. n.d.
27. Les Miserables. - I. "Fantine." (Abridged.) by Victor Hugo. n.d.
28. Handy Andy: A Tale of Irish Life by Samuel Lover. n.d.
29. Ivanhoe: A Romance. (Abridged.) by Walter Scott. n.d.
30. Little Women. (Abridged.) by Louisa M. Alcott. n.d.

31. Old Saint Paul's: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire. (Abridged.) by William Harrison Ainsworth
32. Helen's Babies! With Some Account of their Ways: ... Also a Partial Record of their Actions during Ten Days of their Existence. By their Latest Victim. by John Habberton. n.d.
33. Valentine Vox: The Ventriloquist. (Abridged.) by Henry Cockton. n.d.
34. The Scalp -Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid. n.d.
35. The Hour and the Man or The Negro Commander-in Chief. (Abridged.) by Harriet Martineau. n.d.
36. Les Miserables. - II. "Cosette." (Abridged.) by Victor Hugo. n.d.
37. Tales of Mystery and Horror by Edgar Allan Poe. n.d.
38. The Adventures of Jimmy Brown by William Livingston Alden. n.d.
39. The Last of the Mohicans: A Romance of the Red-skins. (Abridged.) by James Fenimore Cooper. n.d.
40. The Conscript or The Invasion of France by MM. Erckmann & Chatrian [Emile Erckmann; Pierre Alexandre Chatrian]. (Abridged.) n.d.

41. The Scottish Chiefs: A Romance by Jane Porter. n.d.
42. Tartarin of Tarascon: Traveller, "Turk" and Lion-hunter by Alphonse Daudet. n.d.
43. Stories of Sevastopol. (Abridged.) by Lyof N. Tolstoi. Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood. n.d.
45. Guy Fawkes, or, The Fifth of November by William Harrison Ainsworth. [1896?]
46. Les Misérables. - III. "Marius." (Abridged.) by Victor Hugo. n.d.
47. Round the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. n.d.
48. Queechy. (Abridged.) by Elizabeth Wetherell, pseud. n.d.
49. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. n.d.
50. Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City by S.R. Crockett, Rome by Emile Zola, News from nowhere by William Morris. n.d.

51. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. n.d.
52. Trying to Find Europe by W. L. Alden. n.d.
54. Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp by Harriet Beecher Stowe. (Abridged.) n.d.
55. The Adventures of Parson Adams (From 'Joseph Andrews.') (Abridged.) by Henry Fielding. n.d.
57. Harold: The Last of the Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Baron. n.d.
58. The History of the Mystery; or, The Story of the Jameson Raid. W. T. Stead. n.d.
59. Kalee's Shrine by Grant Allen; W T Stead; May Cotes. [1896-97]
60. The Bride of Lammermoor. (Abridged.) by Walter Scott. [1896?].

61. Sam Weller by Charles Dickens. [1897].
62. Little Women Married by Louisa M. Alcott. (Abridged.) n.d.
63. Shirley by Currer Bell (Charlotte Bronte) (Abridged). n.d.
64. Windsor Castle: An Historical Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth. n.d.
65. The Talisman. A Tale of the Crusades. (Abridged.) by Sir Walter Scott. n.d.
67. Rienzi: The Last of the Roman Tribunes (Abridged.) by Lord Lytton. n.d.
68. Masterman Ready: or, The Wreck of the Pacific by Frederick Marryat. n.d.
69. Kenilworth. (Abridged.) by Walter Scott. [1896]
70. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. [1897]

72. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. n.d.
76. The Toilers of the Sea. (Abridged.) by Victor Hugo. n.d.
77. Victorian Novels: Being the Jubilee Number of the Penny Novels. n.d. [c. 1896]
80. Fathers and Sons [= Otsi i dyeti] by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev. [1900]

81. Jeanie Deans by ____ Scott. n.d.
83. The Swiss Family Robinson: A Tale of a Desert Island (Abridged.) n.d.
85. The Hetman of the Cossacks: "Taras Bulba" by Nicholas V. Gogol. n.d.
90. The New Pilgrim's Progress by Mark Twain. (Abridged.) n.d.

92. A Woman's Courier: A Tale of the Famous Forty Conspiracy of 1696 by William Joseph Yeoman. n.d.
96. Rose of Dutcher's Coolly by Hamlin Garland. n.d.
97. The City of Gold: A Tale of Sport, Travel and Adventure in the Heart of the Dark Continent. Part I by barrister-at-law Edward Markwick. [1897?]
98. The City of Gold: A Tale of Sport, Travel and Adventure in the Heart of the Dark Continent. Part II by barrister-at-law Edward Markwick. [1897?].

103. Irralie's Bushranger by E. W. Hornung. [1897].
107. The White Christ: A Story of the Vikings by J. J. Haldane Burgess. [1897?].
109. The Chest of Opium: A Chinese Detective Story by Julian Croskey. n.d.

112. The Abduction of General Monk: being Part 5 of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. [1900]
113. The Fortification of Belle-Isle-en-Mer: being Part 6 of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. [1900]
114. The Man in the Iron Mask: being Part 7, and last of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. [1900]


132. Peveril of the Peak: Part I [Abridged.] by Walter Scott. n.d.
133. Peveril of the Peak: Part II [Abridged.] by Walter Scott. n.d.
134. The Spectre Bridegroom, and Other Sketches by Washington Irving. n.d.
136. Rookwood: A Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth. [1900]

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