Standard Library of Romance
It was unusual for Beadle to issue cloth-bound books under his own firm name, although occasional straight runs were so bound. The Standard Library of Romance, however, was not a straight run of one series, but comprised four volumes, each consisting of several Dime Novels bound together without the orange wrappers and without repagination. They appeared during the summer of 1862. The books were bound in a grayish cloth, were 6 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches in size, and had a special title page giving the names of the three novels (Fig. 28). They sold for fifty cents per volume. Beadle & Company, 141 William Street, New York, and 44 Paternoster Row, London, was the publishers' imprint. Previously, in a similar form, four volumes had been issued in London under the title American Library Tales, but the titles included in the † two volumes whose contents are known in both series, are different.
† Correction made as per Volume 3.