Each issue a complete novel by an author of established reputationperfectly
pure in tone, spirited and captivating in story, as the title "Waverley" implies.
Everything to please and nothing to avoid
No inferior or exceptionable productions; no tedious
narrative or weak sentimentalism, nothing but good
strong stories of to-day.
Elsewhere it was advertised to contain
The Waverley Library (Fig. 82) when first
issued was 11 ½ by 8 ½ inches in size, and usually had sixteen
three-column pages of small type, although occasionally a number had twenty
pages. There was an illustration on the front page, but there were no wrappers.
It appeared weekly on Tuesdays and was published by Beadle and Adams, 98 William
Street, New York. English reprints largely predominated. There were also novels
which had previously been published in Norman Munro's Riverside Library.
Possibly when Munro failed in 1878, Beadle purchased the plates of this "library."
In No. 236, which was published May 20, 1884, it was announced that the "Waverley Library will hereafter be published in the more convenient pocket form, commencing a new series." Number I was ready May 27, 1884. Without a break, therefore, the new series began and continued where the old left off. Many of the novels of the quarto edition were reprinted in the octavo.