British Fiction, 18001829

WEST, Jane. Ringrove (1827)

Publishing Papers

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
Aug 1827. The impression consisted of 750 copies.
Aug 1827–June 1828. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 169. 9. 9.
Aug 1827. To advertising: 30. 0. 0; to further advertising, [May] 1828, 0. 5. 4.
Aug–Oct 1827. Copies sent to the following: 27 Aug, 1 copy in calf gilt binding to Mr T[?] West; 24 Oct, 12 copies extra bds to author.
[May] 1828. To Rylance for revising MS: 5. 5. 0.
June 1828. By this date, 477 copies had been sold as follows: 229 as 225 at a Coffee House Sale, for a total of 120. 0. 0; 25 as 24 Subscr[ibe]d 30 Oct 1827, for a total of 12. 16. 0; 223 sold for a total of 118. 18. 8. Total sum from the sale of 477 copies: 251. 14. 8.
June 1828. Half profits to author, 25. 19. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 25. 19. 9.
8 Sept 1828. 1 copy bds sent to Monthly Review.
Jan 1829. A further 27 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 14. 8. 0.
Jan 1829. Half profits to author, 7. 1. 0; half profits to Longman & Co, 7. 1. 0.
31 [Jan] 1829. 1 copy bds sent to each Gentleman’s Magazine and Blackwood’s Magazine.
[7?] Mar 1829.1 copy bds sent to the Weekly Review.
Jan 1830. To further advertising: 0. 7. 5.
16 Jan 1830. A further 5 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 2. 13. 4.
[Jan] 1830. Half profits to author, 1. 1. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 1. 1. 8.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 3D, p. 350].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 48.
Notes: The total outlay includes a cost for carriage on 20 June 1827; the rest of the outlay costs date from Aug 1827. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 10. 8 each. Copies in boards and extra boards were distributed to individuals (including the author) and reviews at a cost of 0. 0. 10 each, and the copy in calf gilt binding at 0. 5. 0. Commissions of 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various Coffee House Sales. The Longman Impression Book shows that the novel’s printer was Spottiswoode. See Longman Impression Book No. 8, fol. 186v.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 2D, p. 48].
June 1831. To further advertising: 0. 14. 8.
June 1831. Of the remaining 213 copies, a further 3 had been sold by this date, for a total of 1. 12. 0.
June 1832. A further 3 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 1. 12. 0.
June 1832. Half profits to author, 1. 4. 8; half profits to Longman & Co, 1. 4. 8.
June 1833. A further 62 copies had been sold by this date as follows: 50 sold at 0. 2. 5 each, for a total of 6. 0. 10; 12 sold at 0. 2. 0 each, for a total of 1. 4. 0.
[Oct 1833]. To further advertising: 0. 4. 10.
[Oct 1833]. The remaining 145 copies had been sold by this date as follows: 10 sold by ‘A.’ at 0. 1. 2 each; 128 at 0. 1. 2 each [in parentheses: ‘Daly’]; 7 at 0. 1. 2 each. Total sum from the sale of 145 copies: 8. 9. 2.
[Oct 1833]. Half profits to author, 7. 10. 9; half profits to Longman & Co, 7. 10. 10.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 3D, p. 350.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 10. 8 each. Commissions of 2½ per cent were deducted from the revenues from various Coffee House Sales.

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