At the Circulating Library: General Statistics


Coverage

Currently, the database contains 16,125 title entries, 3,374 author entries, and 500 publisher entries between the years 1837 and 1901. In addition, the database contains 2,588 serialized titles (12.5% of all titles) from 230 periodicals. Data visualizations of authorship, publishing, and miscellaneous data can be found under the "Data" menu.

Authorship

Gender of Authors

  • Women: 1,365 authors
  • Men: 1,756 authors
  • Unknown: 325 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. Elizabeth Thomasina Meade, 72 titles.
  12. Henrietta Keddie, 72 titles.
  13. Florence Marryat, 69 titles.
  14. Annie Thomas, 66 titles.
  15. William Clark Russell, 65 titles.

Titles per Author by Gender

  • Women wrote 8,049 titles (5.9 per author)
  • Men wrote 7,659 titles (4.4 per author)
  • Unknown wrote 780 titles (2.4 per author)

Publishing

Most Prolific Publishers

  1. Hurst and Blackett, 1,101 titles.
  2. Bentley, 1,075 titles.
  3. Chapman and Hall, 607 titles.
  4. Tinsley Brothers, 569 titles.
  5. F. V. White, 568 titles.
  6. Chatto and Windus, 544 titles.
  7. T. C. Newby, 491 titles.
  8. Sampson Low, 481 titles.
  9. Smith, Elder, 446 titles.
  10. Macmillan, 383 titles.
  11. S.P.C.K., 304 titles.
  12. Ward, Lock, 303 titles.
  13. Henry Colburn, 301 titles.
  14. Hutchinson, 301 titles.
  15. Routledge, 286 titles.

Publishing Formats

  • One-volume titles: 8,857 titles
  • Two-volume titles: 2,089 titles
  • Three-volume titles: 5,160 titles
  • Four-volume titles: 19 titles