1 Did the original publisher issue the book in more than one edition? If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each (illustrations, cover art, typography, etc.); if not, enter N/A
I was able to find listings for the following editions from Doubleday:
1986 "Book Club Edition", 343 pages
1986 "Large Print Book Club Edition", 729 pages
1986 Doubleday Canada edition, 384 pages
2 JPEG image of cover art from one subsequent edition, if available
3 JPEG image of sample illustration from one subsequent edition, if available
4 How many printings or impressions of the first edition?
I could not find information indicating how many printings or impressions were made of the first edition.
5 Editions from other publishers? If so, list their dates and publishers; if not, enter N/A
1986 ? Grafton (London), 1st British Edition, Hardback, 416 pages, ISBN: 0-246-12068-1
1987 ? Grafton, paperback, 526 pages, ISBN: 0586058508
(* I also found a June 1987 Harper Collins Mass Market Paperback Reissue with the same ISBN)
February 1987 ? Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperback, 406 pages, ISBN: 0-553-17317-0
June 1987 ? Bantam Paperback, ISBN: 0-553-26543-1
August 1987 ? Gale Group (Macmillan Reference USA), Hardback, large type, 653 pages, ISBN: 0-8161-4242-4
1987 ? G. K. Hall, Boston, Large Print, 582 pages, ISBN: 0816142416
1992 -- Barbara Taylor Bradford : Three Complete Novels (Hold the Dream, To Be The Best, Act Of Will). Wings Books ; Avenel, N.J. (Distributed by Outlet Book Co.), 1026 pages, ISBN: 0517084708
1993 ? A Woman of Substance/Act of Will ? Diamond Books (Omnibus Edition), London, 832 pages, ISBN: 0 261 66167 1
December 1994 ? Morrow/Avon (Harper Torch imprint) 448 pages, ISBN: 0-06-100811-7
March 2001 ? Harper Collins Publishers, Ltd., 528 pages, ISBN: 0-586-05850-8
October 2005 ? St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 432 pages, ISBN: 0-312-93560-9
December 2005 ? St. Martin's Press, Trade Paperback, 432 pages, ISBN: 0-312-35542-4
* I found that a Braille edition of Act of Will exists, but could not locate further bibliographic information on it.
(Information obtained from World Cat, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Alibris, Abe Books, and other online bookstores)
Act of Will is still in print as of May 2006
7 Total copies sold? (source and date of information?)
I was unable to locate a cumulative sales figure for Act of Will.
8 Sales figures by year? (source and date of information?)
Publishers Weekly on June 27,1986 stated an initial printing of 250,000 copies.
A New York Times article on October 26,1986 stated sales of 3 ½ million copies.
Publishers Weekly on June 12,1987 stated initial printing of 2,125,000 copies of the Bantam Mass Market paperback of Act of Will.
9 Advertising copy (transcribe significant excerpts, briefly identify where ads were placed)
Publishers Weekly had a 2-page spread on January 31,1986 with Doubleday's upcoming releases. A Picture of Barbara Taylor Bradford with the headline "#1 in Fiction" was the center feature on the 1st page of this ad.
Publishers Weekly also had numerous advertisements for chain bookstores (i.e. Barnes & Noble) which featured bestsellers at reduced prices. Act of Will was often in the list of books these stores had in stock, and sometimes the book cover was shown in a picture.
The largest advertisement I was able to find for Act of Will was from June 18,1986. Doubleday placed a full-page ad on page c25 of the New York Times.
The upper text reads:
"You loved A Woman of Substance.
You adored Voice of the Heart.
You couldn't resist Hold the Dream.
And you'll never, ever forget "
Then there is an image of an overturned copy of Act of Will, so that you can see both the front cover title and the back cover picture of Barbara Taylor Bradford.
At the bottom left-hand corner is a inset over the book image, with the tag "The new immediate bestseller!"
Below the image is the following text:
" With her latest work, Barbara Taylor Bradford reaches heights more towering, more dazzling than ever before. Set in Yorkshire, London, and New York against a backdrop of art, artists, and haute couture, ACT OF WILL is the story of three generations of women: mothers and daughters whose dreams and destinies may differ, but whose love and spirited determination bind them together forever."
The next line of text is a reviewer's quote:
"Pure gold ? certain to be a runaway best seller." ? Carol E. Rinzler, Cosmopolitan
At the bottom of the page it says that the book is a Literary Guild Main Selection and a Doubleday Book Club Main Selection.
The Doubleday name is in large bold letters off to the right-hand bottom of the page.
10 JPEG image of sample advertisement, if available
12 Performances in other media? If so, list media, date, title, production information; if not, enter N/A
1989 (made for British television) / 2006 dvd release ? Infinity Entertainment, 2 discs, 245 minutes; starring Victoria Tennant, Don Sharp, Peter Coyote, Elizabeth Hurley, Kevin McNally, and Serena Gordon; distributed by Tango Entertainment, ISBN: 1-598371282
2 Audio Cassette releases:
January 1994 ? Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Limited (UK) 12 cassettes, 15 hrs., ISBN: 1-85695-715-2
September 1998 ? ISIS Audio Books (Unabridged Edition), Read by Diana Bishop, 12 cassettes, 14 hours 30 minutes, ISBN: 1-8565-95715-2
2 Audio CD releases:
May 2000 ? ISIS Audio Books, English, Diana Bishop (narrator), ISBN: 0-753-10974-3
April 2001 ? Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Limited (UK) 14 cds, 14 hrs., ISBN: 0-7531-0974-3
13 Translations? If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. If none, enter N/A
1987 ? Fuerza de voluntad. Buenos Aires (Spanish)
1987 ? Quand le destin bascule. Paris (French)
1987 ? Wer Liebe sat. Reinbeck (German)
1987 ? Forca de vontade. Rio de Janeiro (Portuguese)
1987 ? Erfenis van een vrouw. Utrecht (Dutch)
1987 ? Naisen tahto. Helsinki (Finnish) (also 1993)
1988 ? Fuerza de voluntad. Barcelona (Spanish) (also 1990, 1993)
1988 ? I nodi del destino. Milan (Italian) (also 1991, 2000)
1988 ? Koah ratson. Tel Aviv (Hebrew)
1989 ? Fuerza de voluntad. Libros para Todos, United States (Spanish)
1989 ? Bara till lans. Stockholm (Swedish)
1991 ? Akt woli. Gdansk (Polish) (also 1995 published in Warszawa)
1991 ? Kadinin gucu= (Act of will) : roman. Istanbul (Turkish)
1995 ? Volevoi postupok ? Moscow (Russian)
1995 ? Ai mang lai tinh yeu: Nghe An (Vietnamese) (also 2001 published in Ha Noi)
(Information obtained from World Cat)
14 Serialization? If serialized, give standard bibliographic information for serial publication. If none, enter N/A
15 Sequels/Prequels? Give standard bibliographic information for each. If none, enter N/A