British Fiction, 18001829

OPIE, Amelia Alderson. Adeline Mowbray (1805)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Isaac D’Israeli to John Murray II.
[early 1805].
I return Opie’s Novel, which my Wife has read, but which I could not.
Source: MS letter, Murray Archives, Box 13.
Notes: The likely date of this letter is early 1805, as D’Israeli asks in the same letter if it is too soon to know how his novel Flim-Flams (EN2: 1805: 28) is received.

Letter from Longman & Co to Amelia Opie.
2 Feb 1811.
We inclose you statements of your accounts in continuation of those sent you last year. From these, we appear indebted to you £75. 8. 10 […] [Written below signature: list of accounts, including information about Simple Tales (EN2 1806: 52) and Adeline Mowbray. It appears that 1 copy of Simple Tales (4 vols), price 1. 1. 0, was debited from Opie’s account on 22 June 1810. The accounts also record a balance due for Adeline Mowbray of £6. 14. 6¾. This credit is dated 1809, and it is likely that the balance is the result of income from sales of the novel since the last rendering of Opie’s accounts].
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 97, no. 16.
Notes: According to the typed transcript of this letter in the Longman Archives, a portion of the account is illegible, and ‘Mrs Opie’ is written on the letter in pencil.

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Dec 1804]. The impression consisted of 2000 copies.
[Dec 1804]. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 260. 15. 6.
[Dec 1804.] To advertising: 30. 0. 0.
Jan–Sept 1805. Copies sent to the following: 12 Jan, 6 copies bds to Mrs Opie; 17 Jan, 1 copy c[al]f ext[ra] to Opie; 19 Jan, 1 copy c[alf] l[ai]d to Opie; 6 Mar, 1 copy bds to P Hoare Esq.; 27 May, 1 copy bds to Opie; 21 Sept, 1 copy bds to Mr Taylor. 1 copy was sent to the Gen[eral?] Review on 10 Jan 1806, but was not accounted for until after Mar 1806.
June 1805. By this date, 1070 copies had been sold, for a total of 468. 2. 6.
Mar 1806. By this date, a further 369 copies had been sold, for a total of 161. 8. 9. Total sum from the sale of these 1439 copies: 629. 11. 3.
[?Mar 1806]. Half profits to author, 169. 7. 10½; and to Longman & Co, 169. 7. 10½.
20 June 1807. A further 216 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 94. 10. 0.
[n.d.] To further advertising: 5. 0. 0.
[Balance carried forward: 94. 9. 0].
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 1D, p. 78].
Source: Longman Joint Commission & Divide Ledger CD, p. 77.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of at 0. 8. 9 each. Copies in boards were distributed to individuals (including the author) at a cost of 0. 1. 0 each; the copy in calf extra cost 0. 6. 6, and in calf laid, 0. 4. 6. Date of impression and production costs is from impression book. The impression book indicates that the novel’s printer was Taylor. See Longman Impression Book No. 2, fol. 122 and No. 4, fol. 74 (3rd edn).

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from ledger CD, p. 77].
1 Aug [1808?]. Of the remaining 333 copies, a further 117 had been sold by this date, for a total of 51. 3. 9. With the balance of 94. 9. 0 brought forward, the total is 145. 12. 9.
[?Aug 1808]. Half profits to author, 72. 16. 4½; and to Longman & Co, 72. 16. 4½.
June 1807–June 1808. Copies sent to the following: 24 June 1807, 1 copy in quires [to author?]; 11 July, 1 copy in calf lettered binding [to author?]; 4 June 1808. 1 copy in calf gilt and 1 in half bds[?] to Princes [illeg.].
Jan 1810. A further 171 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 74. 16. 3.
[Jan 1810]. Half profits to author, 37. 0. 10½; half profits to Longman & Co, 37. 0. 10½.
18 Apr 1810. 1 copy sewed sent to Opie, at a cost of 0. 0. 4.
[June?] 1810. To further advertising: 4. 0. 6½.
23 June 1810. A further 40 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 17. 10. 0.
23 June 1810. Half profits to author, 6. 14. 6¾; half profits to Longman & Co, 6. 14. 6¾.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 1D, p. 276].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 78.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 8. 9 each. No charge was made for copies in quires; the copy in calf lettered binding was charged at 0. 5. 0, and the two copies sent in June 1808 at a total cost of 0. 9. 6.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[3rd edn].
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 1D, p. 78].
30 Aug 1810. The 3rd edn consisted of 500 copies.
30 Aug 1810–Jan 1814. Total outlay for 3rd edn (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 103. 13. 7.
30 Aug 1810. To advertising: 5. 2. 1. To further advertising, 1 Feb 1813: 5. 0. 0.
1 Feb 1813. By this date, 262 copies of the 3rd edn had been sold as follows: 48 copies sold at a Sale, at 0. 8. 0 each, for a total of 19. 4. 0; 214 sold for a total of 93. 12. 6.
June 1813. A further 25 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 10. 18. 9.
Jan 1814. A further 69 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 30. 3. 9.
[Aug 1810–Jan 1814]. Total sum from the sale of these 356 copies: 153. 19. 0.
Jan 1814. Half profits to author, 20. 1. 8; half profits to Longman & Co, 20. 1. 8.
Jan 1815. To further advertising: 3. 0. 0.
18 Jan 1815. A further 90 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 39. 7. 6.
Jan 1815. Half profits to author, 17. 18. 11; half profits to Longman & Co, 17. 18. 10.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 1D, p. 150].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 276.
Notes: It appears that there was no true 2nd edn of the novel in 1805. However, it is possible that Longman & Co divided the initial impression of 2000 copies into 2 edns of 1000 each, or that a 2nd edn was created using fresh title pages. This was the case with Opie’s Valentine’s Eve (EN2 1816: 47) and Tales of Real Life (EN2 1813: 47), both also published by Longman & Co. Unless stated otherwise, copies were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 8. 9 each. Commissions and duties of 5 and 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales. The ledger indicates that one of these sales, in May 1814, was held at the Globe Tavern.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 1D, p. 276].
2 Feb 1815. 1 copy in quires sent to Opie.
[June?] 1815. The remaining 53 copies of the 3rd edn had been sold by this date, for a total of 23. 3. 9.
[June?] 1815. Half profits to author, 11. 11. 11; half profits to Longman & Co, 11. 11. 10.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 150.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 8. 9 each.

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