Hackett and Burke's
Early Best Sellers in America

This list is taken from Hackett and Burke's Eighty Years of Best Sellers (1977). The introduction reads: "These are the titles published before 1895, when the systematic recording of best sellers began (in the U.S.), which have without question sold a total of a million copies or more through the years...  Prayer books, hymn books, textbooks, and similar specialized volumes are not included in this list, although many of the titles that are included have appeared in school editions as well as in trade editions. The list is in chronological order according to American publication."


Various, The Holy Bible
John Bunyan,The Pilgrim's Progress
Traditional, Mother Goose
Aesop, Aesop's Fables
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Robert Burns, Poems
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Traditional, Arabian Night's Entertainments
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
William Shakespeare, Plays
Washington Irving, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
Walter Scott, Kenilworth
James Fenimore Cooper, The Spy
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
Johann R. Wyss, The Swift Family Robinson
Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Last days of Pompeii
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Edgar Allan Poe, Tales
Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years Before the Mast
James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
Alfred Tennyson, Poems
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poems
Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
William Mahepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail
John Greenleaf Whittier, Poems
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
I.K. Marvel, Reveries of a Bachelor [Copyright cleared 29 Apr 2003]
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Susan Warner, The Wide Wide World [Copyright cleared 23 May 2001]
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Mary Jane Holmes, Tempest and Sunshine [abebooks $10]
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Thomas Bulfinch, The Age of Fable
John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations[abebooks $25]
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
J.H. Ingraham, The Prince of the House of David [abebooks $16]
Mary Jane Holmes, Lena Rivers
Dinah Maria Mulock, John Halifax, Gentleman
Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Mrs. Henry Wood, East Lynne
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, Fairy Tales
George Eliot, Silas Marner
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret
Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, Ishmael [abebooks $12]
Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, Self-Raised or Out of the Depths
Mary Mapes Dodge, Hans Brinker and His Silver Skates
Augusta J. Evans, St. Elmo
Edward Everett Hale, The Man Without a Country [Copyright cleared 15 Mar 2001]
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Edward Fitzgerald, trans., The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Thomas Bailey Aldrich, The Story of a Bad Boy
Louisa May Alcott, Little Men
E.P. Roe, Barriers Burned Away
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Keys to the Scriptures
Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers [Wonder Book and Video $12.40]
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur
Emile Zola, Nana
Gustave Flaubert,Madame Bovary
Margaret Sidney, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
James Whitcomb Riley, Poems
Johanna Spyri, Heidi
Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child's Garden of Verses
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Leo Tolstoy,War and Peace
Kate Douglas Wiggen, The Birds' Christmas Carol
H. Ryder Haggard, She
Marie Corelli, Thelma
Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Robert Elsmere
Guy de Maupassant,Stories
Rudyard Kipling,Barrack-Room Ballads
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills
Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
A. Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ [Wonder Book and Video $6.40]
Marshall Saunders, Beautiful Joe
William H. Harvey, Coin's Financial School [The Yankee Trader $7.00]
Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life [alottabooks.com $7.00]
George du Maurier, Trilby [Copyright cleared 29 Apr 2003]
John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Fanny Hill) [Copyright cleared 31 Mar 2003]