Well, I have already done a moderate amount of planning. And I have not really RESUMED work on it yet.
But it is fairly certain that my next Hoffmann book will deal heavily with his card-game booklets. I hope to impose (a little bit) on my friend David Levy and on my friend Mike Goodall in connection with that work, since they are both very nice guys (and are both scholars who unquestionably make me look like small potatoes), as well as being avid and perceptive collectors–and they have Hoffmann card-game booklet material that I do not have.
(I strenuously doubt whether I will ask for any help from anyone besides those two.)
But anyway, I expect (or hope, anyway) to issue that work around the middle of 2017.
And my present plan (or hope) is to do essentially zero “post-printing marketing” of that book (re the first printing), and I may actually do a formal limited edition thing with it.
So, anyway, at least as to the first printing, I will probably have printed only a small number beyond the number of orders that I receive before placing the print order. And I don’t expect very many such orders!
The quantities I am now contemplating are multiples of 32 (the number of cards in, e.g., a Bezique pack), or 52 (the number of cards in, e.g., a Whist pack). Then I hope to affix to the interior of each book a cool Goodall playing card probably from the late 1800s. I am also thinking of having the book be of very small format (maybe 4 by 6 or the like), as an echo of the small sizes of the booklets themselves.
So, anyway, logical quantities would be things like 32, 52, 64, 96, and 104. Those are multiples of 32 or 52. I don’t think I would do something as messy as 32 plus 52, for a total of 84. I heartily doubt that there will be more than 104, at least of the first printing.
Strange to say, I have so far sold I think 22 copies of Professor Hoffmann and His Conjuring Serials of 1872-1888. Whether this is due to the truly abominable job of marketing that I have done, or something else, or some combination of elements, I do not know.
But it does suggest that the first printing of the book on Hoffmann’s card-game booklets will be either 32 copies, or 52 copies, or 64 copies.
Anyway, I am not accepting orders for the card-game-booklet book at the moment, but I don’t think it is too early for me to ask everyone WHO WANTS ME TO EMAIL THEM “MARKETING INFORMATION” ABOUT THE BOOK to write to me at the following email address and tell me so. So that is what I am hereby doing.
Now, it so happens that I have in my collection quite a number of beautiful Goodall booklets by people other than Hoffmann, and it is possible that I will to a significant extent deal with some of the other booklets as well. I also have many of the De La Rue booklets, but for various reasons, I probably won’t deal with them much in this book.
So, I don’t know exactly what ground will be covered, but (a) I will probably keep it manageable, and (b) it is highly likely that I will focus primarily on Hoffmann in this book. I am fairly certain that a great deal of the text will be based on posts on my Goodall blog.
I’ll probably post this same post, or one like it, on my Goodall blog.
Here is a link to that blog, in case you want to visit it:
September 28, 2017