The Publication of Thomas Chandler Haliburton's The Clockmaker, 2nd Series

Ruth Panofsky
1992 Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. Cahiers de la Societe bibliographique du Canada. Bibliographical Society of Canada  
Although Thomas Chandler Haliburton wrote three series of The Clockmaker; or The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville, he is known today primarily as the author of series one, published in 1837 (although dated 1836) by Joseph Howe of Halifax. The reason for this is twofold. First, literary critics regard the second and third series as inferior to the first. Since the later series were written for a British audience, the political underpinnings of Sam's 'wise saws' lack the
more » ... and spontaneity of the 'soft sawder' of series one. Second, with the exception of George Parker, textual scholars have justifiably focused their attention on the editorial and bibliographical difficulties presented by the first series. Given the complexity of these difficulties, and the time and funding required for bibliographical research, it is not surprising that the second and third series have yet to receive the scholarly attention they warrant. In fact, of the three series, the second series poses the greatest challenge to the bibliographer. By examining the composition and publication history of The Clockmaker, series two, l intend to correct, in part, the current imbalance in Haliburton bibliography. A notable feature of the publishing history of The Clockmaker, second series, is the marginal position occupied by Joseph Howe, Haliburton's colonial publisher. Howe did not choose his marginal status; it was imposed on him by British, American, and French publishers and by Haliburton himself. Ironically, however peripheral Howe was to the publication of the second series, his participation as British North-American publisher remained significant, as we shall see. This was not the case latterly, when Howe was effectively removed from the publication of subsequent series of The Clockmaker. On 26 April 1838, with the manuscript of The Clockmaker, second series, no doubt securely packaged, Haliburton boarded the Tyrian in Hali-Ruth Panofsky is currently a SSHRCC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, where she is preparing a pub~lishing history of Mazo de la Roche's Jalna.
doi:10.33137/pbsc.v30i2.17853 fatcat:piyu3ove3fhmlca6iamruxyaom