First Sequence of Book Files from Accession 2

Scope and Content

This series of book files predominantly relates to books published by Carcanet Press between 1977 and 1979, and represents the full range of the Press's list. There is one file relating to a 1975 publication and a number relating to books published in 1976; these usually represent a late stage in book production, containing collated proofs or camera-ready copy. In some cases the earlier stages of the process, in the form of manuscript and author's proofs for the same books, are represented in the first accession of the archive and are catalogued in the earlier series of book files at CPA/1/1/1. Where this occurs, cross references have been supplied. The appearance of 1969 as a covering date above reflects the fact that some books contain material which had previously been published elsewhere, so the earlier published material was used as copy for typesetting. In total, 55 Carcanet publications are represented here.

As outlined in the overall headnote to CPA/1/2, the files contain a range of editorial papers including author's or editor's manuscript, author's proofs, collated proofs, and related papers such as correspondence and unpublished poetry manuscripts; some volumes are more fully documented than others. The two principal copy-editors who worked on Carcanet books during this period are Val Warner and Robert Wells, although Peter Jones seems to have carried out some copy-editing on a number of books published during 1979; Schmidt himself may also have acted as copy-editor in some cases. Proof-readers or collators who also appear in these files include Carole Reeves, Margaret Hutchinson and Debbie Mitchell.

Typesetting during this period was still done largely in-house at Carcanet, although Woodspring Press was used for typesetting some prose volumes. Printers represented here include W. and J. Mackay, Eyre and Spottiswoode, Unwin Brothers, and Billing and Sons (subsequently Billings).


These files are largely arranged in alphabetical order based on the name of the author; a more detailed outline of the principles of arrangement is supplied at CPA/1/2.

Appraisal Information

Any unmarked sets of proofs have been disposed of, unless an unmarked set is the only surviving document representing the proof stage of a given publication.