Text Differences between the 1860 (1st) and 1867 (3rd) Editions

In 1880, Lyttton (Meredith) replied to a query from James Ripley Osgood, his Boston publisher, with the following note:

Knebworth
18 Aug 1880

Sir

To the best of my recollection the last Edition of Lucile that recd any correction from my own hand is one published some years ago by Mr. F. Chapman and and which I am told is now out of print.

Yr obedt, svnt[?}
Lytton

ALS in the Henry Monroe Rogers (1839-1937) Memorial Collection: Letters to Osgood and A.V.S. Anthony at Houghton Library, Harvard University, (kindly transcribed in 2006 by Leslie Morris):

In 1880 Osgood was deep in production of his elaborately illustrated "Holiday Edition," published in 1881, and was doubtless concerned to use the "best" text available. The natural questions to Lytton's response are: To which edition does Lytton refer? What "corrections" did he make?

Close comparison of the 1860 Chapman & Hall with the 1862 Chapman & Hall (Second Edition) reveals no changes to the text. Comparison of the 1860 Chapman & Hall with the 1867 Chapman & Hall (Third or New Edition), included in a multi-volume Collected Works, reveals very substantial difference however. Click on the indicated links to see the 1860 and 1867 versions side by side.

1860
Dedication
-
Part I, Canto I, Verses I-VII
----, Canto II, Verses I-XXXVII
----, Canto III, Verses I-XXVII


----, Canto IV, Verses I-XXIV
----, Canto V, Verses I-XXVIII
----, Canto VI, Verses I-XXVI

Part II, Canto I, Verses I-XXXV
----, Canto II, Verses I-X
----, Canto III, Verses I-XV

----, Canto IV, Verses I-XV
----, Canto V, Verses I-XVI
----, Canto VI, verses I-XLI

1867
Dedication
Preface
Part I, Canto I, Verses I-VII
----, Canto II, Verses I-XXXI [-6]
----, Canto IIII, Verses I-XXXI [+4]
-------------------Verse I
-------------------Verse II
----, Canto IV, Verses I-XXIV
----, Canto V, Verses I-XXVIII
----, Canto VI, Verses I-XXV [-1]
---------------Cantos IV-VI

Part II, Canto I, Verses I-XXXV
----, Canto II, Verses I-X
----, Canto III, Verses I-XIV [-1]
---------------Cantos II-III
----, Canto IV, Verses I-XV
----, Canto V, Verses I-XV [-1]
----, Canto VI, Verses I-XLI

One verse Meredith expunged entirely in 1867 was based on work of Alfred de Musset.

Last revised: 10 January 2012