British Fiction, 18001829

SQUIRE, Miss C.. Incident and Interest (1810)

Publishing Papers

Ledger Entries:

Commission Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
4 Dec 1810. Longman & Co took 483 copies of the work.
June 1811. By this date, 121 copies had been sold by Longman & Co, for a total of 34. 5. 8.
June 1811. To advertising: 5. 9. 0; to further advertising, June 1812, 0. 13. 6.
19 [?July 1811]. 6 copies bds sent to author.
20 July 1811. To Miss Squire on a/c: 5. 0. 0.
June 1812. A further 16 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 4. 10. 8.
19 Oct 1812. Balance to Cash [written below: M’Creery]: 3. 3. 2.
20 Dec 1814. 6 copies bds sent to author.
[Account carried forward to commission ledger 1C, p. 361, which is the entry for Squire’s The Beggar and His Benefactor (Longman, 1809). The ledger entry for Beggar and Benefactor shows that Longman returned 335 unsold copies of Incident and Interest on 1 Aug 1816].
Source: Longman Commission Ledger 1C, p. 534.
Notes: A note in ledger 1C, p. 361 (dated 1 Aug 1816) shows ‘1 copy accounted for more than sold’, which brings the total number of unsold copies to 335. It would appear that Longman & Co shared the publishing costs with the novel’s printer, John M’Creery. It is possible that the 335 unsold copies were returned to him. The ledger entry shows a balance of 20. 8. 0 carried over to the ‘Prs Bk’, which is possibly an account book with printers kept by Longman & Co. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 5. 8 each. Copies in boards were distributed to the author at a cost of 0. 0. 10 each. Commissions of 10 per cent were deducted from sales revenues.

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