[ilds] Panic Spring first edition

William Godshalk william.godshalk at gmail.com
Sun Feb 13 10:39:50 PST 2011


Middleton is doing quite well. But I'm working of a larger paper that
includes him.

Bill

On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>wrote:

> Alas, Bill, I don't know where a cheap dj can be got...  But, I do
> recall someone posting to the list who could create said jackets!
>
> I agree about the faulty description, and I think he's overpriced as
> well.  The book can be had more cheaply, even in the original printings,
> though I'm sure yours should be valued in the $10,000 range, right?
>
> How's Middleton going?
>
> Best,
> Jamie
>
> On 13/02/11 10:01 AM, William Godshalk wrote:
> > Jamie,
> >
> > So you know where I can get a cheap dj of the British Faber ed.?
> >
> > Yes, your findings are the same as mine -- only yours are earlier and
> > more complete. I was motivated by the  booksellers faulty description.
> > The American edition is a reprint of the British, and your edition is
> > available for all to see -- and it doesn't cost an arm and a lege.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM, James Gifford
> > <james.d.gifford at gmail.com <mailto:james.d.gifford at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     Hey Bill,
> >
> >      > My copy of the British edition lacks a dj.
> >
> >     Then, Bill, you must buy!!
> >
> >     The dust jackets and type settings are distinct.  I didn't compare
> the
> >     potential for different printings of Covici-Friede apart from the one
> in
> >     Victoria and my own copy, but I could find no evidence of more than
> one
> >     edition or impression by Covici-Friede.  It's certainly more common
> to
> >     find than the Faber, though I suspect that's because I've spent most
> of
> >     my time in North American libraries -- were I in London, I'm sure the
> >     Faber would be easier to find...  I don't know the extent of the
> >     print runs.
> >
> >     I also couldn't find any evidence that Durrell had any direct hand in
> >     the Covici-Friede edition, so I used the earlier Faber as my
> copytext.
> >     There were incidental differences between the two, such as ligatures,
> >     but nothing suggesting any revisions.  I didn't do a formal collation
> >     since I would have had to do it all inside the library (UVic,
> >     fortunately, had both editions), but I did at one  point note every
> >     variation between the two texts -- I don't have those notes handy,
> but I
> >     think they included a paragraph break, some punctuation, ligatures,
> and
> >     one or two spellings, plus the subtitle.  I'd have to dig that
> notebook
> >     up to check further...
> >
> >     Alas, the bookseller is incorrect when he states "never reprinted"...
> >     2008 wasn't so long ago, and it's still in print through ELS:
> >
> >     http://www.elseditions.com/current.html#PS
> >
> >     As my edition states:
> >
> >      > This Edition
> >      > This edition draws on the Faber and Faber first edition in 1937
> >     in com-
> >      > parison with the subsequent American edition by Covici Friede
> later
> >      > in the same year, nearly contemporaneous with the firm’s
> bankruptcy.
> >      > A few obvious typographical errors have been silently corrected,
> and
> >      > spellings with ligatures have been modernized throughout. In
> contrast
> >      > to Durrell’s later works, there are no authorial revisions
> >     between the
> >      > two editions, which has simplified my task.
> >
> >     The lack of mss. and tss. for both /Pied Piper of Lovers/ and /Panic
> >     Spring/ made things easier as well...  Getting a reliable period of
> >     composition was more work!
> >
> >     Cheers,
> >     Jamie
> >
> >
> >     On 12/02/11 2:42 PM, William Godshalk wrote:
> >      > I wonder if we may have two different editions here. The American
> >      > edition (Covici-Friede) has been reset apparently from the British
> >      > edition. But the two editions are quite different in terms of
> >     typeface
> >      > and size. One is called a romance, the other a novel.
> >      >
> >      > Are the dust jackets similar? My copy of the British edition
> >     lacks a dj.
> >      >
> >      > I haven't collated them -- James surely has -- and I await
> >     instruction.
> >      >
> >      >
> >      >
> >      > On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM, Charles Sligh
> >     <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu <mailto:Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>
> >      > <mailto:Charles-Sligh at utc.edu <mailto:Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>>>
> wrote:
> >      >
> >      >     On 2/11/11 12:09 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
> >      >
> >      >>             Another question: what is the relationship of the
> >     first British edition of Panic Spring to the first American edition?
> >     I have a copy of each, but which was published first? I assume that
> >     the American edition was second, but if so why did the American
> >     publishers pick it up? Because it sold well in GB?
> >      >
> >      >     Covici-Friede's subsequent bankruptcy may or may not tell us
> that
> >      >     the publisher had weak sense of what new titles would turn
> >     profit.
> >      >     (James may wish to elaborate beyond his textual note
> >      >
> >     <
> http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Spring-Monograph-Lawrence-Durrell/dp/1550583816/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297446677&sr=1-1
> >     <
> http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Spring-Monograph-Lawrence-Durrell/dp/1550583816/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297446677&sr=1-1
> >>.)
> >      >
> >      >
> >      >     Ian MacNiven has some coverage of the publication history in
> his
> >      >     biography (127-128).
> >      >
> >      >     CLS
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> >      >     Assistant Professor
> >      >     Department of English
> >      >     University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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> >     <mailto:charles-sligh at utc.edu <mailto:charles-sligh at utc.edu>>
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