Statements of account of the sales of books by 'Owen Meredith' [Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton], by the London publishers Messrs. Macmillan & Co., Ltd., and Longmans, Green & Co.
On forms printed in red and black, totalling 1p., folio; 40pp., landscape 8vo; 6pp. (of which four in landscape), 12mo. The seven accounts from Messrs. Macmillan & Co., all relating to 'The Ring of Amasis', are on seven sheets, landscape 8vo, dating from between 1889 and 1900. The first sheet, for the period April 1890 to 30 June 1890, breaks down the sales of the second printing of 2000 copies (128 presented; 628 Sold Royalty at 15% of selling price per copy; 260 America No royalty; 984 On hand 30th June, 1890), giving a 'Balance to His Excellency the Earl of Lytton due in January 1891' of £16 9s 9d. The final sheet, for the period 1 July 1899 to 30 June 1900, records three copies presented and one copy sold, with 637 copies in stock, giving a blance due to Lytton of 6d. The accounts from Longmans Green & Co. relate to British and American sales of Lytton's 'Poetical Works' (3 vols); 'Selected Poems'; 'The Wanderer'; 'Personal and Literary Letters'; 'Indian Administration'; 'Lucile'; 'Selected Poems'. The Longmans accounts are more complex and extensive, giving detailed breakdowns including costings for paper, printing, binding and advertising. Following Lytton's death the accounts are made out for his widow, the Dowager Countess of Lytton (1841-1936), whose autograph note ('With many thanks for the cheque E[dith]. L[ytton].') is at the head of an account for 1 June 1912. The sums involved are also larger, with £232 5s 2d due in the earliest account (June 1893).