British Fiction, 18001829

?SMITH, Orton. Varieties of Life (1815)

Publishing Papers

Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:

Letter from Owen Rees to Orton Smith.
9 Apr 1821.
As we have now little or no demand for Varieties of Life, we beg leave to inform you that it is our intention to include the remaining copies in a sale which we shall make to the trade in a few days; to which we conclude you can have no objection.
Source: Longman Archives, Longman I, 101, no. 132.

Ledger Entries:

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
5 May 1815. The impression consisted of 1500 copies.
May 1815–June 1816. Total outlay (paper, printing and misc. expenses): 278. 7. 10.
May 1815. To advertising: 35. 0. 0; to further advertising, June 1816, 10. 1. 0.
May–Sept 1815. Copies sent to the following: 6 May, 6 copies bds to author; 8 May, 1 copy to each Monthly and Eclectic Reviews, and the British Critic; 6 Sept, 1 copy to Augustan Review.
June 1816. By this date, 739 copies of the novel had been sold, for a total of 424. 18. 6.
[June 1816]. Half profits to author, 50. 14. 10; half profits to Longman & Co, 50. 14. 10.
2 Aug 1816. 2 copies bds sent to author.
June 1817. To further advertising: 5. 18. 8.
June 1817. A further 36 copies had been sold by this date, for a total of 20. 14. 0.
[June 1817]. Half profits to author, 7. 4. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 7. 4. 3.
June 1818. To further advertising: 4. 1. 9.
June 1818. A further 64 copies had sold by this date as follows: 1 copy for 0. 4. 0; 63 at 0. 11. 6 each, for a total of 36. 4. 6. Total sum from the sale of these 64 copies: 36. 8. 6.
May 1819. To further advertising: 2. 0. 0.
June 1819. A further 22 copies had sold by this date, for a total of 12. 13. 0.
June 1820. A further 10 copies had sold by this date, for a total of 5. 15. 0.
[Account carried forward to divide ledger 2D, p. 227].
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 1D, p. 307.
Notes: The ledger entry indicates that the copies sent to the Eclectic and the Augustan Reviews were returned to Longman & Co. Discounts on copies sold to Mason, and commissions of 2½ per cent, were deducted from the revenues of various trade and Coffee House Sales. Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 11. 6 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 Barnard. See Longman Impression Book No. 5, fol. 194.

Divide Ledger Entry, Longman & Co.
[Account carried forward from divide ledger 1D, p. 307].
June 1821. To further advertising: 1. 12. 4.
[June 1821]. The remaining 608 copies had been sold by this date as follows: 16 sold at 0. 11. 6 each, for a total of 9. 4. 0; 592 copies sold to Newman at 0. 2. 0 each, for a total of 59. 4. 0. A balance of 46. 17. 0 was brought forward from ledger entry 1D, fol. 307 and added to this sum, making a total of 115. 5. 0.
22 May 1822. Half profits to author, 56. 16. 4; half profits to Longman & Co, 56. 16. 4.
Source: Longman Divide Ledger 2D, p. 227.
Notes: Unless stated otherwise, copies of the work were accounted for at the trade price of 0. 11. 6 each. Discounts on copies sold to Mason, and commissions of 2½ per cent, were deducted from the revenues of various trade and Coffee House Sales. The final payment of 56. 16. 4 was combined with a payment from the account for Sketches of Character (44. 5. 9). The total payment of 101. 2. 1 for both Varieties of Life and Sketches of Character (EN2 1808: 18) was paid by cash to Orton Smith on 22 May 1822.

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