British Fiction, 18001829

LESTER, Elizabeth B. Physiognomist, The (1818)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Longman & Co to Elizabeth B. Lester.
1 Apr 1818.
We have looked over the Physiognomist and will with pleasure put it to press on the same terms as were arranged for the Bachelor & Married Man [...].
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 100, no. 239 (draft).
Notes: The Bachelor and the Married Man is EN2 1817: 37.

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
May 1818. The impression consisted of 750 copies.
May 1818–[Nov 1818]. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 124. 10. 3.
May 1818. To advertising: 25. 0. 0.
June–July 1818. Copies sent to the following: 11 June, 12 copies bds to author; 19 June, 2 copies purple morocco binding to author; 22 July, 1 copy bds to Monthly Review [copy to Eclectic Review crossed out, with ‘retd’ written above].
7 Nov 1818. By this date, 392 copies had been sold as follows: 204 sold as 199, at a May Coffee House Sale, for a total of 106. 19. 3; 6 copies sold at a Nov Coffee House Sale, for a total of 3. 4. 6; 182 sold for a total of 97. 16. 6. Total sum from the sale of these 392 copies: 208. 0. 3.
[Nov 1818]. Half profits to author, 29. 5. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 29. 5. 0.
May 1819. To further advertising: 6. 19. 0.
June 1819. A further 28 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 15. 1. 0.
[June 1819]. Half profits to author, 3. 12. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 3. 12. 0.
June 1820. A further 18 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 9. 13. 6.
June 1820. Half profits to author, 4. 16. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 4. 16. 9.
June 1821. To further advertising: 0. 12. 2.
[June 1821]. The remaining 288 copies sold to Mason at 0. 2. 0 each, for a total of 28. 16. 0.
June 1821. Half profits to author, 13. 14. 2; half profits to Longman & Co, 13. 14. 2.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 92.
Notes: Discounts on copies sold to Mason, and commissions of 2½ per cent, were deducted from the revenues from various trade and Coffee House Sales. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 10. 9 each. Copies in boards were distributed to individuals (including the author) and reviews at a cost of 0. 1. 3 each, and the copies in purple morocco binding at a cost of 1. 1. 0 each. The Longman Impression Book shows that the novel’s printer was Strahan. See Longman Impression Book No. 6, fol. 169.

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