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MRS. MINIVER by Jan Struther. First edition, Chatto & Windus, 1939. Originally published in pink-labelled slip case. Often reprinted, e.g. 7th edition, re-set, 1942; 8th edition, 1942; 11th edition, 1943. These later editions were on thin wartime paper. The 1943 hardback was the first English edition to contain the essay "Mrs Miniver makes a list".
UNITED STATES of AMERICA
MRS. MINIVER, by Jan Struther. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1940. This was the first American edition, chosen as the Book of the Month. Often reprinted. It is said that by August 1941, Americans were buying 1500 copies per day of Jan Struthers' Mrs. Miniver.
"Photoplay" edition, brought out in association with the film (qv next page) - New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1940; reprinted 1942.
The following information is courtesy of Richard Dalby of Yorkshire, England. He believes there is some confusion over the "Photoplay" edition of Mrs Miniver. Apparently, this edition was first issued in 1942, not in 1940. The book states that it is "Copyright 1940", which leads to the confusion. He is certain that 1942 was the first Grosset & Dunlap publication date. Robert Maxtone Graham tends to agree. He writes, "It seems that Grosset & Dunlap gave confusing dates to other "Photoplay" editions of works; for instance, "Dracula" says "Copyright 1897" and contains no mention of the publication date, 1931 in that case."
Robert Maxtone Graham also writes, "Richard Dalby is a collector of modern first editions, and shares with fellow-collectors a passion for original dustjackets. True, the existence of a dustjacket has a huge effect on value. For instance, my first edition of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is in a battered state, worth only a few pounds. A fine copy with dustjacket sold at auction in 1998 for £80,700. The auctioneers reckoned that without the jacket it would have made about £3,000. Richard Dalby suggests that this bibliography should indicate which of Jan Struther's books were issued in a dustjacket. The problem is that I simply don't know. The first edition of Mrs Miniver was issued in a slip-case rather than a dustjacket."
Readers with information are invited to make contact. 27/02/02 - Courtesy of Bev Placzek, some of this information has now been received regarding some of these, together with copies of the volumes in question.
"Authorized Abridgements of Current Best Sellers", Omnibook Magazine, New York, October 1946, is said to include an abridgement of Mrs Miniver.
SWITZERLAND Mrs Miniver erlebt die Vorkriegszeit. Uebertragung aus dem Englischen von Anna Katharina Rehmann. Hardback. Bern, Alfred Scherz Verlag, 1943. Copy at Swiss National Library. 256 pp. Wrapper decorated with coloured drawing of of a supposed Greer Garson in front of 'the Miniver's house'.
CANADA Toronto: The MacMillan Company, 1942 First Canadian Edition: Hard Cover, 8vo, 213 pages. Introduction - "Meet Mrs. Miniver. Mrs. Miniver is British. She is also international. She is the universal, heart-warming symbol of the endurable ... " Also 2nd and 3rd Canadian editions.
AUSTRALIA Braille edition, Braille Writers' Association of Victoria Melbourne, 1943. Mrs. Miniver [braille] / [Jan Struther]. Annerley, Qld.: Queensland Braille Writing Association. 1 v. of interpoint braille.
Penguin Books Australia -
FRANCE "Mrs Miniver" par Jan Struther. Extraits présentés par S. Monod, Agrégé de lUniversité. Paris, Classiques Hachette, Collection Atlantique, 1949. A pamphlet of 86 pages, containing fourteen of the Mrs Miniver chapters in English, edited for schools and with scholastic footnotes, questionnaires, and revision exercises. The chapters were selected "with the authors help and according to her own preferences.
Jan Struther , MISS MINIVER - Dans la collection: chefs d'oeuvres d'hier et d'aujourd'hui. Ouvrage relié, numéroté: 3018, d'une série limitée de 4910 Livres. Edité pour le Club du Livre du Mois en 1957.
BELGIUM Mrs Miniver, roman, par Jan Struther. Translated by Berthe Vulliemin. Paperback, Editions de la Paix, Charleroi, no date. Copy at Avignon Public Library.
DENMARK Mrs. Miniver - Jan Struther - av Kristine Jesperson; Published: Jesperson, København, 1941. 156 s.
NORWAY Translated by Kathleen Kent. Paperback, with images from the film on front and back. Oslo, Ernst G. Mortensen, 1946. Copy at Library of Congress. Wrapper with integrated pose - Greer Garson in hat and jabot.
SWEDEN Mrs Miniver - Jan Struther; Från engelskan av Sonja Bergvall; Published: Stockholm: Bonnier 1941 - 292s. Republished [övers.: Sonja Bergvall] Edition: Ny utg. Published: Stockholm - B. Wahlström 1969 - 255 s., wrapper decorated with a coloured drawing of a modernised 'Swedish-style' interpretation of Greer Garson as Mrs. Miniver, clutching 'Judy' during an air raid.
FINLAND Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther, translated into Finnish by Jouko Linturi. Kanervan Kustannusliike, Lahti, 1950. 294 pages, soft covers- wrapper with b&w photo pose - Greer Garson in hat and jabot.
HUNGARY Miniverne nagy sagosasszony (Mrs Miniver). Jan Struther. Forditolta Heltai Jeno. Budapest, Kersztes Kladas. No date, 194-? Copy at Cleveland Public Library, Ohio. (Miniverné nagyságos asszony (regény) Bp., 1940 - Kötött)
CUBA Rosa de abolengo (Mrs Miniver). Jan Struther. La Habana, 1943. "Varias novelas cortas por Stefan Zweig". Copy at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
ARGENTINA Temblor de otono. Titulo en ingles: Mrs Miniver. Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Editorial Juventud Argentina, 1941. Copy at Library of Congress.
ITALY - La Signora Miniver. Translated by Giorgio Jarach. Paperback, Mondadori, Milan, 1945, 1946, 1954, 1965 and 1979. Hardback edition, Club Degli Editori, Milan, 1974. School edition, with notes by Lilla Caruso, Milan, Mondadori, 1972.
MEXICO Rosa de abolengo (Mrs Miniver), traduccion de J.S. Arasi, Mexico City, Ediciones Argos, 1943. Copy at Library of Congress.
On-line HTML VERSIONS OF MRS. MINIVER
Jan Struther's "Mrs. Miniver" - Family Site Internet Edition, 2001. Published by Robert Maxtone Graham - incorporating the 1989 Virago edition introduction by Valerie Grove. This edition designed by David Drew-Smythe. (If you are not already in this frameset, click image to access.)
Jan Struther wrote of Mrs. Miniver ...
It seems that certain mathematicians took this literary challenge literally, and Fadiman follows it with an excerpt from "Ingenious Mathematical Problems and Methods," by L. A. Graham, who had evidently posed the problem in a mathematics journal. Graham gives a solution by William W. Johnson of Cleveland for the general case of unequal circles. The analysis isn't difficult, but the resulting transcendental equation is messy and can't be solved exactly. When the circles are of equal size, the equation is much simpler, but it still can be solved only approximately. Here "transcendental" doesn't mean the school of Emerson and Thoreau; like "natural", "irrational", and "imaginary", it's a technical term used by mathematicians to refer to certain types of numbers. Graham and Johnson, however, can't resist remarking on the analogy between social and mathematical problems of transcendent difficulty. (And if I understand Struther's reply on being shown the solution, the mathematical journal was called the Dial, which was also the name of Emerson's periodical.) . . . Alan Wachtel
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