Exhibit:

A Mystery in Scarlet: Illustrations and Text, by Instalment

James Malcolm Rymer's penny dreadful A Mystery in Scarlet was published in the London Miscellany (1866), as the leading serial. Each of its eighteen instalments includes a header and three chapters. Seventeen of these installments (all but the ninth) begin with an initial illustration by the celebrated artist "Phiz" (Hablot K. Browne) and are executed in the medium of wood engraving. The illustrations of the first and final installment (plates no. 1 and 18) derive from the unbound copies of those installments in the collection of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. All other illustrations derive from the bound copy of The London Miscellany, no. 1-18, in the collection of the same institution's Wells Library. All images are published here courtesy of the Lilly Library, where the photographs were created. Please click on any instalment to view the illustration and read the corresponding instalment.