Knowledge Generation

3. 2) In contrast to the single, comprehensive, portable volume, The Portfolio (London: Wright, 1825) sold for the low price of 2d. per issue. Again, the difference in price and form of distribution is important. The publisher aimed at a downmarket readership – people who could not afford to pay 15s. up front for a single work of literature at a time when labourers made 10s. (120 pence) or less in a week to support a family.