from one of our readers, Lisa Hutton:
About 30 years ago I picked up a copy of Longfellow’s “Hyperion” at a
library sale. Lately I’ve been trying to document some of my books for
insurance purposes, and I’ve just found out that the edition I have was
published in violation of copyright – there was a lawsuit by the authorized
publisher (Houghton Mifflin) against John W. Lovell Co. over this book (I
have a copy of a NY Times article from Jan. 1886 about the case.)
I was wondering if you might have any insight into how something like that
might affect the value of the book? Nowhere near a first edition, not a
particularly interesting book otherwise (I actually bought it because there
was an old flower pressed in the pages!) – but an interesting detail in the
book’s publishing history.
I don’t know if a good bibliography of Longfellow’s works would help – but
if you might know of one, please let me know!