PUBLISHER: Chapman & Hall, London, 1830-present

ABOUT: Lucile's first publisher, the London firm of Chapman & Hall, founded in the first half of the 19th century and surviving into the 1930s, had a long working relationship with Ticknor & Fields, who brought out the first American edition a few weeks after the English edition appeared.

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Chapman & Hall : 1860, 1861, 1867 [Revised], 1868 [Illustrated], and 1876 [Volume 3 of Lytton's Poetical Works. Posthumous English editions were issued by Longmans, Green.


1860.: The first edition.

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Other 1860 copies. Green cloth: Wellesley College: NL0594576 inscribed "Respectfully presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess Frederick William of Prussia [i.e., Queen Victoria's oldest daughter] by the author", with her bookplate; University of Chicago; Huntington Library; Stanford NUC Supp NSL 0043398, cf. Harlan, p.267.
As above but red cloth: New York Public Library: Arents S1201.
Green cloth as above but not all details confirmed University of Illinois NL0594576; Columbia; Yale NL0594576; Whitman College NL0594576.
Leather bindings: Green goatskin, gold tooled. University of Rochester: inscribed "Respectfully presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess Frederick William of Prussia [i.e., Queen Victoria's oldest daughter] by the author", with her bookplate. [This description appears in Rochester's catalog information; it may be correct, but it may also be copied from the Wellesley record]. Goatskin: Brigham Young: tooling differs from Rochester copy. Purple goatskin: Cornell: signed under dentelle "Morrell, Binder". Marbled paper endsheets but original yellow glazed flyleaf retained, inscribed "[W. Thos.?] Blane, 1861 / A Souvenir of Woodlands-".
Rebound: University of Texas Austin, HRHRC; University of California Riverside.

1861. Second Edition. Quarter calf. This copy is a discard from the Atlinson Free Library of Southport (Merseyside County), England, a seaside city of 90,000 (in 2001), much dependent on tourist trade, about 16 miles north of Liverpool. Now the Atkinson Art Gallery & Library, the Library opened in 1878 and integrated with a next-door bank built in 1879 to form (in 1923-1924) the current combined library and gallery, a British National Heritage building. Wikipedia pages for both the city and the Art Gallery & Library are informative.

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1867. The third edition of Lucile and "New Edition" of the Poetical Works in two volumes -- Lucile is volume II and is identified as "third edition" at the head of the preface. This is the only revision of the text Lytton made: click the "Texts" tab in the ribbon above to explore the substantial nip-and-tucking he did.

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1868. The fourth and first illustrated edition with 24 engravings by George DuMaurier. The text follows the revisions made for the 1867 edition. Westley binding ticket inside rear boards.

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Other copies of this edition: Green cloth, board stamped black only, without smaller decorative stamps, spine gilt but simplified. University of North Carolina, bookplate of Derek Pepys Whiteley; New York Public Library NL0594582.
University of Virginia: rebound in later, now deteriorated, half calf with marbled sides; a second copy with binder's stamp of Root & Son; University of Illinois: details not confirmed; NL 0594582 University of Vancouver is lost; Bancroft rebound.

1876. This 1876 edition (the fifth) first appeared in a Chapman & Hall edition containing five volumes: 1-2 Fables in Song; 3 Lucile; 4 The Wanderer & Other Poems; 5 Poems, Historical and Characteristic. Each volume had a set title page and a title page for the volume content. Cornell and others catalog this as the "third edition" -- and the preface that appears in the 1867 "New Edition" reappears here and in the posthumous Longmans, Green edition which refer to it "as from the "Collected Edition," i.e., this, the 1876 edition although in fact this version of the text first appeared in the actual third edition of 1867.

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Last revised: 25 July 2020