Novels of Interest

5. Scott’s novels, although expensive for the period (The Heart of Mid-Lothian, for example, sold for 32s), were printed in first editions of 6-10,000 copies. Each copy consisted of three or four volumes, which could then be made available to circulating libraries. The Abbot (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; Edinburgh: Constable and Ballantyne, 1820) was published in three volumes and sold for 21s.