British Fiction, 1800-1829: A Database of Production, Circulation and Reception History

British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (DBF) arises from more than fifteen years’ general research into Romantic-era British fiction, by the project director, Professor Peter Garside. The project provides a comprehensive bibliographical record of the production of fiction during the first three decades of the nineteenth century, supplemented by a variety of contextual secondary materials drawn from the period. Materials are drawn from six key areas: anecdotal records, contemporary library catalogues, publishing papers, contemporary reviews, and subscription lists. Using the various bibliographical and contextual resources provided, users of the database will be able to build a full and composite profile of the production, dissemination, and reputation of fiction during the opening years of the nineteenth century—thus, improving and clarifying our understanding of the development of the novel in the Romantic era.

Principal investigator
Dr Anthony Mandal
Principal project staff
Dr Anthony Mandal; Dr Jacqueline Belanger; Dr Sharon Ragaz; Professor Peter D Garside
Start date
Monday, October 1, 2001
Completion date
Friday, October 1, 2004
Source material
The data contained in the database draws on fifteen years' bibliographical research by the project director, Professor Peter Garside. This was then supplemented by 4 years' focused collection of contemporary materials from a variety of 19th-century sources (printed and manuscript), held in various repositories, printed in various edited works (e.g. of journals, correspondences, biographies, etc.). In addition, reference is made to secondary bibliographcial works (printed and online), such as The Nineteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue, OCLC World-Cat Database, The English Novel, 1770-1829 (OUP, 2000).

Numerous reports and snapshots of material in online journal, Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text (

Mandal, Anthony. "British Fiction, 1800-1829." Paper presented as part of the first South-West Interdisciplinary Romanticism Link (SWIRL) Symposium, Bristol, 29 October 2004.