Exhibit:

A Mystery in Scarlet: Text and Illustrations

James Malcolm Rymer's penny dreadful A Mystery in Scarlet was published in the London Miscellany (1866), as the leading serial. Each instalment included a header and three chapters. The text is reproduced verbatim, with the exception of minor typographical errors in the original which are amended and marked with square brackets []. The pagination is original, and, consequently, not continuous.

The text is accompanied by seventeen illustrations; one per weekly instalment, excepting the ninth instalment. The medium is wood engraving. 

In 1907, the journalist T.P. Browne attributed these illustrations to the renowned Dickens illustrator "Phiz," the pseudonym of Hablot K. Browne, who is credited in the London Miscellany as the illustrator of other contents (Adcock). 

All images courtesy Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Please click on any instalment to view the illustration and read the text.