A Bibliographical Catalogue of a Collection of Editions to 1921
David J. Supino
Following highly successful careers in law and banking in the US and UK, David Supino now works as a bibliographer.
Acknowledgements Preface to the Second Edition, Revised Preface List of Titles References Illustrations Catalogue of the Collection Appendix A: A Note on J. R. Osgood Appendix B: A Note on Tauchnitz’s James Editions Appendix C: A Bundle of Letters: Points Appendix D: Second Edition, American Issues of The Portrait of a Lady: Points Appendix E: A Note on the text of The Portrait of a Lady Appendix F: The Publishers of James’s Non Pirated Editions Appendix G: Documents Bearing on the Terms Relative to the New York Edition Appendix H: James Titles Listed for Sale in the Times Book Catalogue of 1905 Index to Stories and Tales: First Magazine and Subsequent Book Publication 1875-1923 General Index
Review of the first edition:
David J Supino's catalogue, with its unique scope and form, breaks much new ground for research into the arcane histories of the publication and revision of Henry James's works. It is moreover a significant contribution to our understanding of the book trade in James's time. Supino's attentiveness to details will be deeply appreciated not only by scholars of Henry James but by readers interested in the history of the book trade. In this invaluable resource for bibliophiles, collectors and James scholars, Supino proves his merit as a bibliographer of the first order.
The Library 7.9.1
David Supino’s already magnificent catalogue of his own unique collection of Henry James editions, a true labour of love, now appears in a form so much fuller it amounts to a different book – a highly original, unignorable resource for study of the printing and publishing history of James’s works up to 1921 – not just the first editions – based on painstaking consultation of publishers’ records as well as detailed description of the physical volumes. Bibliographers, publishing historians and Jamesians are in his debt for this heroic achievement.
University College London
This is a remarkable book based on an outstanding collection, formed by David Supino with great bibliographical sophistication. He has understood the importance of all kinds of variants and reprints and of what can be revealed by careful physical descriptions of them. The present revision is particularly noteworthy for its amazingly extensive reports of information from publishers’ archives. The result is the most detailed account of the printing and publishing of James’s books that we have.
G. Thomas Tanselle
bibliographer and former director of the Rare Book School
Supino traces in unprecedented detail the lineaments of James’s authorial career and the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the publishing houses on both sides of the Atlantic that produced and sold his writings. This exemplary work is a model of integrative scholarly method, powerfully combining close bibliographical scrutiny of particular textual artifacts with the archival recovery of book-historical information in as much detail as the surviving documents allow. This book is essential reading not only for students of Henry James, but also for all those who would understand the publishing history of his era as well.
Michael F. Suarez
Director, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: August 6, 2014