British Fiction, 18001829

SPENCE, Elizabeth Isabella. Dame Rebecca Berry (1827)

Publishing Papers

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
Jan 1827. The impression consisted of 500 copies.
Jan–May 1827. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 124. 14. 4.
Jan 1827. To advertising: 33. 10. 0.
Jan–Feb 1827. Copies sent to the following: 20 Jan, 3 copies bds to reviews; 19 Feb, 1 copy bds to Miss[?] Bairds[?].
[May] 1827. By this date, 485 copies of the novel had been sold as follows: 25 sold as 24, for a total of 13. 16. 0; 460 sold for a total of 264. 10. 0. Total sum from the sale of these 485 copies: 278. 6. 0.
May 1827. Half profits to author, 60. 0. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 60. 0. 10.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 46.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 11. 6 each. Copies in boards were distributed to individuals and reviews at a cost of 0. 1. 3 each. A commission of 2½ per cent was deducted from the revenue from a Coffee House Sale. The Longman Impression Book shows that the novel’s printer was Spottiswoode, and that 3. 0. 4 of the advertising money was not expended. See Longman Impression Book No. 8, fol. 169.

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