I’m working on a publication history of Fowler’s Modern English Usage, along the lines of R.C. Alston’s Bibliography of the English Language from the Invention of Printing to 1800. For this, I need to have information on the publication of reprints of the book, for all three editions.
On my most recently acquired copy of the book (€1 only, at a local charity book shop), there is the following information:
- first published April 1926
- reprinted June 1926, August 1926, October 1926, 1930 (with corrections), 1933, 1934, 1937 (with corrections).
Hugely popular already in its first year of publication, in other words, and reprinted four times within the next decade, twice with corrections. So my edition dates from 1937, and contains corrections to the first edition. My other copy of the book, which is not in very good shape, is a first edition.
Please help me get more data like this: take your Fowler from its shelf, and let me have what information you find on the flyleaf. Jointly we can produce an overview of the book’s publication history, so it will be possible to assess its popularity.