At the Circulating Library: General Statistics


Coverage

Currently, the database contains 16,505 title entries, 3,440 author entries, and 511 publisher entries between the years 1837 and 1901. In addition, the database contains 2,588 serialized titles (12.5% of all titles) from 231 periodicals. Data visualizations of authorship, publishing, and miscellaneous data can be found under the "Data" menu.

Authorship

Gender of Authors

  • Women: 1,391 authors
  • Men: 1,794 authors
  • Unknown: 328 authors

Most Prolific Authors

  1. Emma Marshall, 139 titles.
  2. Evelyn Ward Everett Green, 135 titles.
  3. George Manville Fenn, 117 titles.
  4. William Henry Giles Kingston, 112 titles.
  5. Margaret Oliphant, 100 titles.
  6. George Alfred Henty, 95 titles.
  7. Charlotte Mary Yonge, 80 titles.
  8. Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard, 78 titles.
  9. Mary Louisa Molesworth, 73 titles.
  10. Annie S. Swan, 73 titles.
  11. Henrietta Keddie, 72 titles.
  12. Elizabeth Thomasina Meade, 72 titles.
  13. Florence Marryat, 69 titles.
  14. William Clark Russell, 66 titles.
  15. Annie Thomas, 66 titles.

Titles per Author by Gender

  • Women wrote 8,203 titles (5.9 per author)
  • Men wrote 7,885 titles (4.4 per author)
  • Unknown wrote 786 titles (2.4 per author)

Publishing

Most Prolific Publishers

  1. Hurst and Blackett, 1,102 titles.
  2. Bentley, 1,080 titles.
  3. Chapman and Hall, 617 titles.
  4. F. V. White, 574 titles.
  5. Tinsley Brothers, 571 titles.
  6. Chatto and Windus, 553 titles.
  7. T. C. Newby, 495 titles.
  8. Sampson Low, 488 titles.
  9. Smith, Elder, 450 titles.
  10. Macmillan, 387 titles.
  11. S.P.C.K., 330 titles.
  12. Routledge, 330 titles.
  13. Ward, Lock, 314 titles.
  14. Hutchinson, 304 titles.
  15. Henry Colburn, 302 titles.

Publishing Formats

  • One-volume titles: 9,229 titles
  • Two-volume titles: 2,097 titles
  • Three-volume titles: 5,160 titles
  • Four-volume titles: 19 titles