Hi I wonder if you could possibly help please ?
I love collecting old and rare books and I'm particularly interested in the 12 Poldark books written by the author Winston Graham, the very popular novels also currently being aired internationally on TV achieving huge ratings. I also follow a book forum about the author and all his works called "The Winston Graham & Poldark Literary Society".
Winston Graham (WG) wrote the first four books of an eventual final twelve called "Ross Poldark" in 1945, the second "Demelza" in 1946, the third "Jeremy Poldark" in 1950 and finally "Warleggan" in 1953 and were all published as far as I can understand by a British firm called Ward Lock, and which are nowadays becoming very rare and expensive. I am therefore very lucky to have a copy of each one of these first four with good clean dust jackets and valued for insurance purposes at £3000.
You will also note in the link below that they were first published by Ward Lock in 1945.To follow as new member
However due to the enormous interest shown in the first four books Winston Graham then went on to write a further eight starting with the "Black Moon" in 1973 finally finishing his 12th book in 2003 called "Bella". All the latest books being published today by Pan Macmillan.
I was therefore very astonished and worried to read a post in their forum over Christmas saying that another company called "Werner Laurie" are also claiming to have originally published the first four books starting in 1945 as well, accompanied by a link below to a picture of the latest first Pan Macmillan book held in the Westminster public library in London showing the same wording that it was also first published in 1945.To follow
There was then a follow-up comment in the thread saying "Someone or some company has been playing dirty tricks with copyright."To follow
As I've never heard of the publishing company called Werner Laurie before and have never seen or found any of the Poldark books printed by them, naturally I am worried what the exact legal position is, and left wondering how two obviously quite separate firms can claim to be the original publishers ? None of which is helped that all this happened over 70 years ago….
I would very much appreciate any help or suggestions you might be able to offer as to what the exact legal position in what is obviously a very unusual case.