Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
Asaf Bartov

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Circulation circa 1900

G.B. Shaw, in the second preface to the aforementioned The Perfect Wagnerite, reveals

...that exactly one person buys a copy on every day in the year, including Sundays; and so, in the process of the suns, a reprint has become necessary.

The second edition was published in 1901, so the first edition (1899) could not have consisted of more than one thousand copies. This in Victorian London of the close of the century! It's a surprise to me, so I thought I'd record it.

Oh, and the book opens with "Preliminary Encouragements". If there's a good way to begin a book on Wagner, this is it.
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