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The Story of the Normans
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Publication and Printings
From WorldCat

Without examining all of the items listed below, it is difficult to be sure how many distinct printings of this book appeared during the period it remained in print.  The history provided by the holdings appearing in WorldCat indicates that this book remained in print under two titles from 1886, when it was copyrighted, until 1905.  Despite the confusions of this record, it seems clear that the title was reprinted almost annually through 1901.

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    New York; London : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1886
Description:    xiv, 373 pages : frontispiece, illustrations, folded map, genealogical table ; 20 cm.
Series:    Story of the nations; Variation: Story of the nations.

Title:  The story of the Normans,told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,

Publication:    New York, London, G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1887
Standard No: LCCN: 02-18547

Title:    The story of the Normans, told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,
Publication:    London, T. Fisher Unwin
Year:    1887
    Note:  Though listed in WorldCat, this probably is not an 1887 printing, as Unwin's official first printing in Great Britain appeared under the title The Normans in 1891.  Perhaps at some time, Unwin issued a printing with only the American first printing date.  See below.

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1888
Standard No:    LCCN: 02-18547

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1889, 1886

Title:    The story of the Normans, told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,
Publication:    New York and London, G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1890, 1866

Title:    The Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    London : T. Fisher Unwin ; New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1891, 1886

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam,
Year:    1892, 1886

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1893, 1886

Title:    The story of the Normans told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England.
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam,
Year:    1895

Title:    The Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam ; London : T. Fisher Unwin,
Year:    1895, 1886

Title:    The Normans; told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,
Publication:    New York, G.P. Putnam,
Year:    1898
Standard No:    LCCN: 11-13390
    Note: Though the publisher is listed as Putnam in New York, the title is from the original British edition.

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    London : T. Fisher,
Year:    1898
    Note:  Though the publisher is listed as Fisher in London, the title is from the original American edition.

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    London : Unwin; New York : Putnam,
Year:    1899
    Note: It appears that after 1898, both the British and the American publishers used their two titles interchangeably.

Title:    The Normans; told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,
Publication:    New York : G.P. Putnam,
Year:    1901
Standard No:    LCCN: 11-13390

Title:    The story of the Normans: told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England
Publication:    New York ; London : G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Year:    1901

The Normans; told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England,
Publication:    New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Year:    1905

Subscription Editions



WorldCat also lists two Unwin Subscription Editions of The Story of the Nations series, both of which included The Normans.

Title:    The story of the nations.
Publication:    London : T. Fisher Unwin,
Edition: Subscription ed.
Year:    1885-1914
Description:    62 v.

Title:    The story of the nations ...
Publication:    London, T. Fisher Unwin
Year:    1887-1925
Description:    67 volumes

These entries indicate that Unwin made some sort of offer allowing buyers to purchase the whole series by subscription, probably in 1914 and 1925.  At least once, Unwin printed a special subscription edition.  These are images of an Unwin subscription edition of The Normans, which lists 56 volumes at the beginning, available courtesy of the University of Texas at Tyler Library.  The number of volumes offered suggests that there may have been a subscription offering before 1914, for which this volume was printed.
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List of Titles in this Subscription Series

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Sales

The Houghton Library at Harvard University holds six pages of sales reports on The Story of the Normans, apparently provided to Sarah Orne Jewett and her estate from the time of the book's publication in 1887 until her death in 1909. Five of these pages are from Putnam's Sons, with information about sales and royalties.  The other is from Longmans, Green -- a royalty statement only, made in 1897. As T. Fisher Unwin was the publisher of the British edition, it appears that Longmans, Green acted as agent to make Jewett's payment. 

    The final report of July 1909 indicates that Putnam's Sons sold 6394 copies of the title.  Presumably a substantial number of promotional copies also were distributed.

    According to the advertising information at the front of the 1887 edition, all titles in the Story of the Nations series sold for $1.50 in the U.S.  This price remained stable through Putnam's final 1905 printing.  The British edition sold for 5 shillings in 1891 and in 1899.  The financial records indicate that Jewett received royalties of 10 cents / copy on the first 1000 copies sold and of 15 cents on subsequent trade sales.  She received no royalties on promotional copies that were distributed to editors, teachers, and others.  How much Jewett earned from the title is difficult to determine, as these records are not complete, and they indicate that there were different classes of sales that yielded different royalty amounts per copy.  If she averaged 10 cents for all copies sold in her lifetime, her approximate royalty income from the title would have been about $640, an average of about $30 / year during that period.  It is possible that she also received some amount upon publication in addition to royalties, but I have located no information that would confirm this or indicate the amount.  I have little information on her royalties from the 1891 edition in Britain.  The one statement from Longmans in this set, dated July 1897, indicates that she received at least one payment of 5 pounds, 7 shillings, and 1 pence, which was exchanged for $26.27.

    I am not confident that I am correctly reading the statements that Jewett received from Houghton, Mifflin, but it appears that in 1899, Jewett earned about $460 from all of her 20 titles and editions currently in print from Houghton Mifflin, roughly $23 / title.  In April 1906, 22 titles and editions brought in about $225, and if the next half year turned out about the same, her income for that year would be $450.  If Jewett typically received $20-25 / year on average for one of her books, then The Story of the Normans probably earned better than the average.  If her British royalty in 1897 was a typical annual event, this title may have earned more than twice the average for her other books.  According to 1890 census data, an average wage-laborer would earn about $450 / year.  Jewett's book royalties, however, formed only part of her total income, and she also owned property.


Summary of Sales Figures from the Houghton documents 

Sold
Promotional on hand  Printing

August 1, 1888 Report

 Previous printing of 1085 copies
206
6
830
1000
July 31, 1890 Report



218
1
162

January 31, 1891 Report



126

536
500
July 31, 1891 Report



168

365

Final report to the Estate, July 31, 1909



25

190




Location of these materials
Persistent Link: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.HOUGH:3343058?n=2
Description: Sarah Orne Jewett Compositions and other papers, 1847-1909; Series III: Diaries, financial agreements, and miscellany; Financial accounts of Sarah Orne Jewett with her publishers, New York, London, and Boston, 1888-1906. bMS Am 1743.26, item 10. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. .
Page: (seq. 2)
Repository: Houghton Library
Institution: Harvard University



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