FIELD NOTES QE Dime Novel 2-Pack


  • Brand: FIELD NOTES
  • Product Code: FNC-36
  • Availability: Out Of Stock
Field Notes' Fall 2017 edition was inspired circa 1860 in New York City, and by a pair of brothers: Erastus and Irwin Beadle. The Beadles had published a variety of inexpensive paperback books on subjects ranging from the tax code to baseball, but when they released Ann S. Stephens’ frontier tale Malaeska as the first of their orange-covered “Dime Novel” series, it sold more than sixty thousand copies and started a trend for cheap pocket-sized genre fiction. Beadle’s Dime Novels eventually topped 300 titles, each selling 35–80,000 copies, and inspired countless other publishers to imitate (or often steal outright) the Dime Novel’s format, style, characters, and content. Along with imitators came an epic brotherly feud and a long series of lawsuits. It’s a complicated story, but in the end, a fair argument can be made that the Beadles created the mass-market American paperback. The format and construction of the “Dime Novel” Edition is all-new. They’re 4¼"× 6½", right between the “Memo Book” and “Note Book” sizes. The 100# French Paper Co. Construction “Safety Orange” cover is far more durable than what was used on the original Dime Novels, and the “Natural White” Strathmore Premium 70# you’ll find inside is the highest-quality body paper they've used in any Field Notes edition ever. The 72 body pages are Smyth-sewn in three, 24-page signatures with Coats Dual-Duty thread, then securely glued into the cover. Aside from a black-and-white engraving of an Adams “Power Press” from the mid-1800’s on the first page, and page numbers (the Beadles tended to skip a few page numbers in the front to make sure they ended up with a “100-page” book), they've left the pages blank so you can write or sketch your own tales of mystery, romance, and adventure on the luxurious wove-finish Strathmore paper.