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Provincial Readers in Eighteenth-Century England$

Jan Fergus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297825.001.0001

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(p.245) APPENDIX 1 Clays’ Circulating Library Stocks

(p.245) APPENDIX 1 Clays’ Circulating Library Stocks

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Provincial Readers in Eighteenth-Century England
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Oxford University Press

Evidence exists for the circulation of ninety-seven novels altogether within the three small libraries; forty-six in Daventry, fifty-eight in Warwick (forty exclusively), and thirty-four in Rugby (eleven exclusively). In Lutterworth only two novels were borrowed: Tom Jones and Sir William Harrington, both present in the Daventry library.

Entries in italics in the Warwick and Rugby lists circulated in earlier libraries; entries preceded by † indicate female-authored works (twenty-three in Daventry, Warwick). Novels withdrawn from all three libraries were: all of Samuel Richardson’s (Pamela, Clarissa, Sir Charles Grandison), two by Henry Fielding (Amelia, Tom Jones); Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker; and Arabian Nights, Fool of Quality, Light Summer Reading for the Ladies, Old Maid, The Picture, and Sir William Harrington.

(p.246) 1. Novels borrowed by adults and schoolboys from Daventry circulating library (= 46 titles);

* indicates borrowed by Daventry Academy boys (22 titles); ** indicates borrowed in Daventry only by schoolboys (2 titles)

1729 M243

Adventures of Abdullah

1751 R90

Adventures of George Edwards a Creole

1761 R653

Almoran and Hamet*

1751 R83

Amelia*

1706 M23

Arabian Nights Entertainments*

1747 B229

Clarissa*

†1779:3

Cox-Heath Camp [see note below]

†1769 R1314

Delicate Distress*

1708 M38

Devil on Two Sticks

1766 R993

Fool of Quality [5 vols. 1765–70; 1770: 24]*

1740 B30

Fortunate Country Maid [transl.]

†1778:11

Friendship in a Nunnery, or American Fugitive

1716 M85

Gil Blas

1769 R1314

Gordian Knot

1726 M199

Gulliver’s Travels**

†1750 R29

Harriot Stuart

†1769 R1276

History of Miss Sommerville

1771:53

Humphry Clinker*

†1755 R316

Invisible Spy

1756 R362

John Buncle [part 2: 1766]

1745 B162

Leonora*

1745 B167

Life of Bampfylde-Moore Carew

1768 R1185

Light Summer Reading: History of Lady Lucy Fenton*

1766 R1017

Memoirs of a Magdalen

1737 M323

Memoirs of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca

1743 B113

Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman

1774:17

Modern Fine Gentleman**

1775:13

Morning Ramble*

†1771:52

Old Maid; History of Miss Ravensworth*

1740 B23

Pamela

1654 W488

Parthenissa

1751 R100

Peregrine Pickle*

†1766 R1028

Picture, The*

1678- W5557

Pilgrim’s Progress

1776:14

Pupil of Pleasure*

1722

Religious Courtship

1748 B253

Roderick Random

1754 R246

Sir Charles Grandison*

1754 R221

Sir Harry Harald*

1771:20

Sir William Harrington*

1687 W4803B

Spanish Decameron, 10 novels

1685 W904B

Spanish Rogue: Guzman de Alfarache

†1772:38

Test of Filial Duty*

1749 B272

Tom Jones*

1759+R507

Tristram Shandy

1768 R1201

Visiting Day*

Note: Cox-Heath Camp above presents a special case. It was borrowed from Thomas Clay by his sister-in-law Mary Clay and subsequently bought by her; it almost certainly did not circulate to anyone else. (p.247)

(p.248) 2. Novels borrowed by adults in Samuel Clay’s Warwick library (= 58 titles, 40 exclusively in Warwick, 18 in Daventry also at various times)

1768 R1242

Adventures of Miss Lucy Watson

1750 R1

Adventures of Mr. Loveill

1768 R1172

Adventures of Oxymel Classic

1751 R83

Amelia

1706 M23

Arabian Nights Entertainments

†1751 R86

Betsy Thoughtless

1747 B229

Clarissa

1762 R699

Country Seat

1771:49

Curate of Coventry

1769 R1314

Delicate Distress

1771:40

Elopement, or Perfidy Punished

†1769 R1298

Emily Montague

1766 R993

Fool of Quality [5 vols. 1765–70; 1770: 24]

1740 B30

Fortunate Country Maid [transl.]

1769 R1266

French Lady

†1727 M209

Fruitless Enquiry

1771:17

Generous Inconstant

1769 R1314

Gordian Knot

†1758 R441

Henrietta

1767 R1105

High Life, or History of Miss Faulkland

†1763 R786

Histories Lady Frances S—and Lady Caroline S—

1761 R665

History of James Lovegrove

†1771:41

History of Lady Barton

†1765 R884

History of Miss Indiana Danby

†1767 R1077

History of Miss Pittborough

1769 R1276

History of Miss Sommerville

1768 R1173

History of Two Young Gentlewomen

1771:53

Humphry Clinker

1755 R320

James Ramble

1743 B119

Jonathan Wild

1762 R738

Launcelot Greaves

†1744 B146

Felicia to Charlotte

1768 R1185

Light Summer Reading: Lady Lucy Fenton

1770:34

Lucilla, or the Progress of Virtue

1770:12

Maid of Quality, or History of Lady Lucy Layton

1769 R1284

Margaretta, Countess of Rainsford

1754 R253

Marriage Act

1766 R1017

Memoirs of a Magdalen

†1768 R1187

Memoirs of a Scoundrel

†1762 R736

Millenium Hall

†1771:37

Miss Melmoth, or the New Clarissa

1768 R1190

Modern Wife

1771:52

Old Maid; Hist. Miss Ravensworth

1740 B23

Pamela

1766 R1028

Picture, The

1769 R1290

Reward of Virtue: Miss Polly Graham

1748 B253

Roderick Random

1760 R550

Romance of a Day

1754 R246

Sir Charles Grandison

1771:20

Sir William Harrington

†1769 R1293

The Sybil

1749 B272

Tom Jones

1771:33

Undutiful Daughter

1772:26

Unfashionable Wife

1766 R1007

Vicar of Wakefield

1765 R896

Wanderer

†1767 R1098

Woman of Fashion

1768 R1203

Woman of Honour

3. Novels borrowed by Rugby schoolboys under John, Thomas, then Samuel Clay (= 34 titles; 11 circulated exclusively in Rugby). No record exists that fourteen of these titles ever circulated in Daventry, and of these fourteen, three (Emily Montague, Histories of Lady Frances S—and Lady Caroline S—, and Millenium Hall) circulated first in Warwick and then in Rugby only after Samuel Clay took over, suggesting that he made what was left of his Warwick library available to the boys from August 1781. The eleven titles listed below in a Roman typeface circulated exclusively at Rugby.

(p.249)

1751 R83

Amelia

1706 M23

Arabian Nights Entertainments

†1758 R447

The Brothers

1652 W106

Cassandra

1782:15

Cecilia

1725 M186

Chinese Tales

1747 B229

Clarissa

1771:45

Contemplative Man: History of Christopher Crab

1769 R1298

Emily Montague

†1770:3

Fatal Friendship

†1772:31

Fine Lady

1766 R993

Fool of Quality [5 vols. 1765–70; 1770: 24]

1778:11

Friendship in a Nunnery, or American Fugitive

1716 M85

Gil Blas

1750 R29

Harriot Stuart

1763 R786

Histories Lady Frances S—and Lady Caroline S—

1771:53

Humphry Clinker

1768 R1185

Light Summer Reading: Lady Lucy Fenton

1771:46

Man of Feeling

1743 B113

Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman

1762 R736

Millenium Hall

1774:17

Modern Fine Gentleman

1775:13

Morning Ramble

1771:52

Old Maid; History of Miss Ravensworth

1740 B23

Pamela

1751 R100

Peregrine Pickle

1714 M75

Persian Tales

1734 M294

Peruvian Tales

1766 R1028

Picture, The

1754 R246

Sir Charles Grandison

1754 R221

Sir Harry Harald

1771:20

Sir William Harrington

1749 B272

Tom Jones

1737 MX45

Venetian Tales