UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04349
Date: 31 October 1892
Author: Clarence W. McIlvaine[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler O14
Document Type: ALS


JAMES R. OSGOOD[2], McILVAINE & Co.
PUBLISHERS
AGENTS FOR
HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK.
PUBLICATION OFFICE OF
HARPER'S MAGAZINE.

45, ALBEMARLE STREET,
LONDON, W.

Oct. 31 1892

My dear Whistler,

This negotiation ought to be reported to the Authors' Society as a model of harmony, between author and publisher, under the gentle auspices of the artist! We all seem to be pleased with one another; and now the point is to make the public pleased with us.

To proceed with the harmony: I quite approve of 5/- as the price of the regular edition and 21/- for the édition de luxe; and a royalty of 2d in the shilling is a fair arrangement for the regular edition. Shall we divide the net profits on the de luxe copies; or shall we say a royalty of 20 per cent? I send you the copy which you left [p. 2] with me; and meanwhile I am writing to arrange that the printer should wait upon you at your house (or would you prefer to call at his office?) at such time as you may appoint. He will learn your instructions, and send me an estimate; then the work can proceed.

There is the question of the cover; and will there be something, requiring engraving or reproduction?

My going to Paris is a phantom at present; I hope to make it a reality soon.

My kind regards to Mrs. Whistler[3]; and to M. Mallarmé[4], too, - the author who is pleased with a publisher!

Yours very sincerely,

Clarence W. McIlvaine.


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Notes:

1.  Clarence W. McIlvaine
Clarence W. McIlvaine (d. 1913), publisher and agent for Harper and Bros [more]. This relates to the proposed publication of a collection of Mallarmé's quatrains based on postal addresses (see C. McIlvaine to JW, #04348).

2.  JAMES R. OSGOOD
James Ripley Osgood (1836-1892), agent for Harper and Bros, publishers [more].

3.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  M. Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].