In 1996, a distinguished member, the late Peter Newbolt, completed his mammoth task of recording all the UK editions up to the 1930s, in G A Henty (1832-1902) A Biographical Study, with a nomenclature to aid the identification of editions and a wealth of useful information about illustrators, publishers, printing techniques and much more within its 710 pages. A second edition of Peter Newbolt’s bibliography was published in 2005 with 53 pages of amendments and additions to the already comprehensive detail in the first edition.
The second edition is available to buy direct from David Scott at Polyglot Press Inc, 1523 Pine Street, Lower Level, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4623 (Tel (215) 545-4540) or www.polyglotpress.com
Earlier, useful and commendable attempts, but with errors, had been made to produce a bibliographical record, notably
- ‘The Works of G A Henty and Hentyana’ by Kennedy & Farmer c.1950
- G A Henty, A Bibliography’ compiled by Captain R L Dartt 1971
- The Boys’ Dumas’ by J Cargill Thompson 1975
Research continues to assemble similar information for titles published under copyright in America, Canada, other English speaking countries as well as those published in transation Thus far over twenty different countries have been identified with published translations. In the USA it was the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons who led the way in the introduction of copyrighted editions.
In the USA many titles were ‘pirated’ - that is printed without recognition of international copyright laws. Most of these publications were very cheaply produced with little regard for accuracy and subject matter. Research into these American ‘pirate’ editions was undertaken by a Society member in the 1980s. The information gathered was published as supplements issued with the Bulletin.