British Fiction, 18001829

BLAIR, Mrs Alexander. Domestic Scenes. A Novel (1820)

Publishing Papers

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
Feb 1820. The impression consisted of 500 copies.
Feb 1820–June 1820. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 151. 17. 0.
Feb 1820. To advertising: 20. 0. 0; only 12. 18. 1 was actually expended.
Feb–Mar 1820. Copies sent to the following: 14 Feb, 12 copies bds to Sundries; 18 Mar, 3 copies bds to reviews.
June 1820. By this date, 309 copies of the novel had been sold as follows: 140 sold as 139 at a Coffee House Sale, for a total of 95. 11. 3; 169 sold for a total of 116. 3. 9. Total sum from the sale of these 309 copies: 211. 15. 0.
June 1820. Half profits to author, 19. 19. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 19. 19. 0.
30 Jan 1821. A further 30 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 20. 12. 6.
30 Jan 1821. Half profits to author, 10. 5. 6; half profits to Longman & Co, 10. 5. 6.
June 1821. A further 22 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 15. 2. 6.
June 1821. Half profits to author, 6. 6. 11; half profits to Longman & Co, 6. 6. 11.
June 1822. A further 8 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 5. 10. 0.
June 1822. Half profits to author, 2. 15. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 2. 15. 0.
June 1823. A further 4 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 2. 15. 0.
31 Dec 1823. 1 copy bds sent to Mrs Blair.
[31 Dec 1823]. By this date, the remaining 100 copies had been sold as follows: 79 copies sold to Newman at 0. 3. 0 each, for a total of 11. 17. 0; 21 copies sold at 0. 3. 0 each, for a total of 3. 3. 0. Total amount from the sale of these 105 copies: 17. 15. 0.
31 Dec 1823. Half profits to author, 12. 7. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 12. 7. 10.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 174.
Notes: ‘Mrs B’ is written on the upper right side of the ledger entry. A discount on copies sold to Mason, and commissions of 2½ per cent, were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales. The credit side of the ledger entry indicates that 7. 1. 11 of the allotted advertising money was not expended. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 13. 9 each. Copies in boards were distributed to individuals (including the author) and reviews at a cost of 0. 1. 3 each. The Longman Impression Book shows that the novel’s printer was Strahan. See Longman Impression Book No. 7, fol. 55v.

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