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Farmer Giles Nelson 1961
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2015/12/6 11:11
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Wondering if anyone can please help me clarify information about this edition from Hammond's Bibliography. It says A&U offered Thomas Nelson & Sons the rights to Farmer Giles (after Houghton Mifflin let it go out of print) in 1961. "Beginning in March 1962, Nelson's sold at least 3,000 copies of FGH, of which 2,000 were imported from Allen & Unwin with cancel titles, and at least 1,000 appear to have been sheets of the first impression (dated 1950) imported by Houghton Mifflin..." (Hammond/Anderson, p78).

Does that mean that the 1,000 copies will have the same title verso as the 1950 1st edition? Does it mean there are two different states of this 1961 Nelson edition? The 1950 HM 1st edition title verso states, "First published in the USA in 1950" and the Nelson 1961 states, "First published in USA in 1961". I've seen a handful of the Nelson copies but I've never seen one with a copyright page other than the 1961 (pictured below). Also, none of the copies I've seen have had cancel titles.

Also, I've never seen a 2nd or 3rd printing of the 1950 HM 1st edition. Do they exist? I'm guessing they don't. The 1961 Nelson edition comes with a 4th impression jacket (with US price). I suppose that's counting from the A&U printings?

And lastly, does "Beginning in March 1962, Nelson's sold..." mean that this edition was first published in 1962 even though the copyright page states 1961? I assume it does... but for this and for everything else, I'd love some clarity.

Sorry if this is a bit hairy... not expecting too much but I really don't know where else to look for answers to these sorts of questions. If anyone can point me to another source, that might be even more helpful. Thank you!!

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