British Fiction, 18001829

OPIE, Amelia Alderson. Father and Daughter, The (1801)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Longman & Co to Amelia Opie.
30 Dec 1812.
We have thought a good deal respecting the title of your Tales & we really can think of none better than ‘Tales for all Classes’, which you suggested yourself. Taylor shall commence printing whenever you are ready. // We have so few copies remaining of Father & Daughter that a new edition should be put to press immed[iatel]y. If you have any alterations to make, we will thank you to send us a corrected copy at your earliest convenience. You will also be so kind as to look over ‘Temper’; for there are so few copies remaining that it will be necessary to put a new edition to press the beginning of January.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 97, no. 391.
Notes: It is likely that ‘Tales for all Classes’ is an earlier, rejected title for Opie’s Tales of Real Life (EN2 1813: 43). Opie’s Temper is EN2 1812: 52.

Letter from Longman & Co to Amelia Opie.
8 Feb 1814.
[Sends apologies for not responding to Opie’s earlier letter.] On referring to the account of the Father & Daughters [sic] we find that the sale of the work has of late been so slow that we could not make you such an offer for the copyright as we apprehend would in any way meet your ideas: indeed it would be your interest to retain the property & continue to publish as hitherto. You are aware that the book was lately reprinted & the edition will certainly last about five years. Our people are making out your accounts & they shall be sent by post tomorrow. // Your opinion of Miss Edgeworths novel seems to be general. Madame D’Arblay’s will be ready in about six weeks; & we have given orders that a copy be sent you the instant it is ready.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 98, no. 132.
Notes: Edgeworth’s novel is Patronage (EN2 1814: 20) and D’Arblay’s is The Wanderer (EN2 1814: 17)..

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward].
[3rd edn: 365 copies of the 3rd edn brought forward].
Jan 1804. By this date, a further 253 copies had been sold as follows: 156 sold at 0. 3. 1 each, for a total of 24. 1. 0; 97 sold for a total of 14. 2. 11. Total sum from the sale of these 253 copies: 38. 3. 11.
Jan 1804. Half profits to author, 19. 1. 11½; half profits to Longman & Co, 19. 1. 11½.
[4th edn].
[May?] 1804. The impression consisted of 1000 copies.
[May?] 1804–[Sept? 1805]. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 53. 12. 0.
[n.d.]. To advertising: 4. 17. 0.
Dec 1804–[Sept 1805]. Copies sent to the following: 1 copy in bds sent to Opie on each of the following dates: 21 Dec, 14 Jan, 18 & 26 July; 3 copies in special bindings sent to Opie on 17 Jan & 29 Mar; 21 Sept, 1 copy bds to Mr Taylor.
July 1805. By this date, 1000 copies had been sold, for a total of 145. 16. 8. [Crossed out: ‘112 copies brought down.’ These were the remaining copies of the 3rd edn].
[n. d]. A further 8 copies were charged to Opie’s account, at a total cost of 1. 3. 4.
[n. d]. Half profits to Opie: 43. 2. 2; half profits to Longman & Co: 43. 2. 2.
[5th edn].
[9] July 1806. The 5th edn consisted of 1000 copies.
[July 1806–June 1807]. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 45. 7. 6.
[1806–1807]. To advertising: 10. 5. 0; to advertising in Longman & Co Catalogue (1 Sept 1804), 0. 16. 6; to advertising in Longman & Co Bills, 17 Feb 1807[?], 0. 3. 0.
20 June 1807. By this date, 447 copies of the 5th edn had been sold for a total of 65. 3. 9.
[Balance carried forward, 8. 11. 9].
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 1D, p. 79.]
Source: Longman Joint Commission & Divide Ledger CD, p. 112.
Notes: The entries covering the 1st, 2nd and start of the 3rd edns of the novel do not appear to have survived. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 2. 11 each. Copies delivered to individuals (including the author) between Dec 1804–Sept 1805 were charged at a total cost of 0. 6. 10. The Longman Impression Book No. 2, fol. 122 suggests that the date of impression of 4th edn is July 1804, but May is a more likely date, as this is when accounts actually begin. Day of impression of 5th edn is from Longman Impression Book No. 3, fol. 52v. The impression book also shows that the 4th and 5th edns were printed by Taylor.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from Joint Commission and Divide ledger CD, p. 112].
[Balance brought forward, 8. 11. 9].
30 June 1808. Of the remaining 553 copies of the 5th edn, 403 had been sold by this date, for a total of 58. 15. 5. With the addition of the 8. 11. 9 brought forward, the total is 67. 7. 2.
[30 June 1808]. Half profits to author, 33. 13. 7; half profits to Longman & Co, 33. 13. 7.
Feb 1809. By this date, the remaining 150 copies had been sold, for a total of 21. 17. 6.
[Feb 1809]. Half profits to author, 10. 18. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 10. 18. 9.
[6th edn].
[25] Mar 1809. The 6th edn consisted of 1500 copies.
Mar 1809–[June 1811]. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 74. 16. 1½.
[Mar 1809]. To advertising: 10. 7. 10; to further advertising [n.d.], 2. 10. 5½; June [1811], 0. 13. 0.
June 1807–June 1808. 4 copies were distributed in various special bindings.
Jan 1810. By this date, 416 copies had been sold, for a total of 60. 13. 4.
23 June 1810. A further 174 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 25. 7. 6.
1 June 1811. 1 copy in quires sent to author. An additional copy in quires was sent on each 15 & 28 Aug 1811.
June 1811. A further 409 copies had been sold by this date as follows: 156 at a Sale, at 0. 2. 3 each, for a total of 20. 16. 0; 253 sold for a total of 36. 17. 11.
[Mar 1809–June 1811]. Total sum from the sale of these 999 copies: 143. 14. 9.
June [1811]. Half profits to author, 27. 13. 8; half profits to Longman & Co, 27. 13. 8.
Dec 1811. A further 136 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 19. 16. 8.
26 Dec [1811]. Half profits to author, 9. 18. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 9. 18. 4.
June 1812. A further 119 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 17. 7. 1.
June 1812. Half profits to author, 8. 13. 7; half profits to Longman & Co, 8. 13. 6.
1 Feb 1813. To further advertising: 4. 0. 0.
1 Feb 1813. A further 184 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 26. 16. 8.
[1 Feb 1813]. Half profits to author, 11. 8. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 11. 8. 4.
[Feb–May] 1813. The remaining 55 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 8. 0. 5.
[Feb–May] 1813. Half profits to author, 4. 0. 3; half profits to Longman & Co, 4. 0. 2.
[7th edn].
3 May 1813. The 7th edn consisted of 1500 copies.
May 1813–May 1814. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 77. 12. 6.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 1D, p. 102].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 79.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 2. 11 each. Copies in special bindings were sent at a total cost of 0. 6. 3; no charge was made for copies in quires. Commissions of 5 and 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales. Day of impression for 6th edn is from Longman Impression Book No. 3, fol. 179. The Impression Book also shows that the printer of the 7th edn was Taylor. See Longman Impression Book No. 5, fol. 40.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 1D, p. 79].
[7th edn].
[Total outlay carried forward: 77. 12. 6. 1500 copies brought forward].
2 Feb 1815. 1 copy in quires sent to Opie.
[May?] 1816. To further advertising: 2. 18. 4.
June 1816. By this date, 963 copies of the 7th edn had been sold, for a total of 140. 8. 9.
[June] 1816. Half profits to author, 29. 15. 2; half profits to Longman & Co, 29. 15. 1.
[May?] 1817. To further advertising: 5. 1. 10.
June 1817. A further 199 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 29. 0. 5.
[June] 1817. Half profits to author, 11. 16. 2; half profits to Longman & Co, 11. 16. 1.
[May?] 1818. To further advertising: 1. 0. 6.
June 1818. A further 249 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 36. 6. 3.
[June] 1818. Half profits to author, 17. 8. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 17. 8. 9.
20 Jan 1819. 1 copy in quires sent to Opie.
[Jan 1819]. The remaining 87 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 12. 13. 9.
[Jan 1819]. Half profits to author, 6. 4. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 6. 4. 9.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 102.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 2. 11 each. Commissions of 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[8th edn].
[14] Jan 1819. The 8th edn consisted of 1000 copies.
Jan 1819–[June] 1821. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 51. 18. 11.
Jan 1819. To advertising: 15. 0. 0.
June 1819. By this date, 155 copies had been sold, for a total of 22. 12. 1.
June 1820. A further 205 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 29. 17. 11.
June 1821. A further 158 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 23. 0. 10.
[June 1819–June 1821]. Total sum from the sale of these 518 copies: 75. 10. 10.
[June] 1821. Half profits to author, 4. 6. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 4. 5. 11.
June 1822. A further 151 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 22. 0. 5.
[June] 1822. Half profits to author, 10. 17. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 10. 17. 9.
June 1823. A further 175 copies had been sold by this date as follows: 6 sold in India, for a total of 0. 17. 6; 169 sold for a total of 24. 12. 11. Total sum from the sale of these 175 copies: 25. 10. 5.
[June] 1823. Half profits to author, 12. 3. 5; half profits to Longman & Co, 12. 3. 4.
June 1824. The remaining 156 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 22. 15. 0.
[June] 1824. Half profits to author, 11. 5. 7; half profits to Longman & Co, 11. 5. 6.
[9th edn].
Oct 1824. The 9th edn consisted of 750 copies.
Oct 1824–June 1828. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 39. 7. 8.
Oct 1824. To advertising: 20. 0. 0.
June 1825. By this date, 80 copies had been sold, for a total of 11. 13. 4.
Jan 1826. A further 97 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 14. 2. 11.
June 1826. A further 37 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 5. 7. 11.
June 1827. A further 92 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 13. 8. 4.
June 1828. A further 106 copies had been sold by this date, for a total 15. 9. 2.
[Oct 1824–June 1828]. Total sum from the sale of these 412 copies: 60. 1. 8.
June 1828. Half profits to author, 0. 7. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 0. 7. 0.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 3D, p. 259].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 124.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 2. 11 each. Discounts on copies of the novel sold to Mason, and commissions of 2½ per cent, were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales. The Longman Impression Books show that the printer of the 8th and 9th edns was Taylor. Day of impression for 8th edn is also from the Impression Books. See Longman Impression Book No. 6, fol. 212 and No. 8, fol. 60.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 2D, p. 124].
[9th edn].
June 1829. Of the remaining 338 copies, a further 87 had been sold by this date, for a total of 12. 13. 9.
June 1829. Half profits to author, 6. 5. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 6. 5. 8.
20 Aug 1829. 1 copy bds sent to Opie per Mr Alderson.
June 1830. A further 44 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 6. 8. 4.
June 1830. Half profits to author, 3. 3. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 3. 3. 3.
8 Mar 1831. 1 copy bds sent to Opie.
June 1831. A further 58 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 8. 9. 2.
June 1831. Half profits to author, 4. 3. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 4. 3. 3.
June 1832. A further 32 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 4. 13. 4.
June 1832. Half profits to author, 2. 6. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 2. 5. 11.
June 1833. A further 34 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 4. 19. 2.
June 1833. Half profits to author, 2. 8. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 2. 8. 9.
June 1834. A further 33 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 4. 16. 3.
June 1834. Half profits to author, 2. 7. 7; half profits to Longman & Co, 2. 7. 6.
June 1835. A further 30 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 4. 7. 6.
June 1835. Half profits to author, 2. 3. 3; half profits to Longman & Co, 2. 3. 3.
12 Apr 1836. 1 copy bds sent to D. M’Callum, Esq.
[June 1836]. The remaining 17 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 2. 9. 7.
[June] 1836. Half profits to author, 1. 4. 8; half profits to Longman & Co, 1. 4. 7.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 3D, p. 259.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 2. 11 each. Copies in boards were sent to individuals (including the author) at a cost of 0. 0. 4 each. Commissions of 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various Coffee House Sales.

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