Morning Tide

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Stokoe Code: A46
Publisher: Porpoise Press
Place: Edinburgh
Date: 1931

First Edition:
MORNING TIDE | BY | NEIL M. GUNN | [line] | [space] | EDINBURGH | [line] | THE PORPOISE PRESS

Collation:
[A] (8), B - I (8), No J, K - S (8), 144 Leaves.
p. [1] MORNING TIDE; p. [2] By the same author; p. [3] Title page; p. [4] Publisher's and Printer's notices: FIRST PUBLISHED IN MCMXXXI; p. [5] TO JESS; p. [6] blank; pp. 7 - 287 Text; p. [288] blank.
5" X 7 5/8". Bound in green cloth, spine stamped in gold:
MORNING | TIDE | NEIL M. | GUNN | [space] | PORPOISE | PRESS

Other Editions:
Harcourt, Brace | New York | 1931 (Illustrated by Maitland de Gorgorza)
Faber and Faber | London | 1932 (The Faber library No. 7)
Penguin | London | 1936 (Penguin books No. 51)
Tauchnitz | Berlin | 1938
Faber and Faber | London | 1953 (New edition - reset)
Souvenir Press | London | 1975
Cedric Chivers ( at the request of the London and Home Counties Branch of the Library Association) | Bath | 1979
Cedric Chivers ( at the request of the London and Home Counties Branch of the Library Association) | Bath | 1993 (Large print edition)
Walker and Co. | New York | 1993
An extract entitled "Up from the Sea", comprising Chap. 1 of Part 1 of the novel appeared in the anthology: The Thistle and the Pen | E. Linklater, ed. | Nelson | London | 1950 | pp. 114 - 122.
The same extract, with the same title, also appeared in: Storm and Precipice | Faber and Faber | London | 1st. October 1942 | pp. 10 - 18.
An extract comprising part of p. 13 appeared in the 1994 Caithness Calendar (June) | North of Scotland Newspapers | Wick | 1993 An extract comprising part of p. 7 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 22.
An extract comprising part of p. 13 appeared in; Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 22.
An extract comprising part of p. 84 appeared in : Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 22.
An extract comprising part of p. 91 appeared in: Glimpses of Gunn | Ann Yule and Alan Haldane | Neil M. Gunn Memorial Trust | Dingwall | 1990 | p. 63.

Notes:
Some copies of the first edition bear the date 1930. It is thought that publication was planned for late 1930 but was deferred, and the imprint date amended whilst in the press, following the selection of this novel as The Book Society choice for January 1931.
It seems likely that the dedicatee, Jess, is his wife who, whilst usually known as Daisy, was born Jessie Frew.
This is the novel that established Gunn's reputation. It is a sensitive study of boyhood and adolescence set in Gunn's native strath and with many autobiographical overtones. In the first part the short story "The Sea" is expanded into a highly dramatic interlude.
Gunn's home in Inverness, "Larachan", is reputed to have been paid for with the royalties from the novel.
The novel was to have been filmed by The Associated British Picture Corporation Ltd. and a shooting script was produced by Gilbert Gunn (3rd January 1952) but the venture does not appear to have gone ahead.

Details from C J L Stokoe's Bibliography


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