Novels of Interest

1. This first book, volume three of the Novelists’s Magazine, was printed in 1791 for Harrison and Co. of London at No. 18 Paternoster Row. It contains two novels: The Tales of the Genii; or, the Delightful Lessons of Horam, the Son of Asmar (1764) by Sir Charles Morell; and The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (1749) by Henry Fielding. The Novelists’s Magazine reprinted popular out-of-copyright works, thus capitalizing on the decision of the House of Lords in Donaldson v Beckett (1774), which denied the continued existence of a perpetual common law copyright and held that copyright was a creation of statute and could be limited in its duration, leaving many older novels unprotected by copyright.