This the third version of Rip Van Winkle in Gregg Shorthand. It was published in 1931 and matches the 1929 Anniversary Gregg Shorthand Manual with plates by Winifred Kenna Richmond. In 1933, this version was included in a box set “American Classics in Gregg Shorthand” with 4 other Gregg Shorthand books.
There are 2 other versions of Rip Van Winkle in Gregg Shorthand:
–The first Gregg Shorthand version of Rip Van Winkle was published in 1914 and matches the 1902 Pre-Anniversary Gregg Shorthand manual.
–The second Gregg Shorthand version was published in 1921 and matches the 1916 Pre-Anniversary Gregg Shorthand manual. The shorthand plates were by Harriet M. Johnson. This version was later included with four other Gregg Shorthand novels in the 1927 collection book “Short Classics in Shorthand.”
This 1931 book entered the public domain as soon as it was first published. There is no copyright notice in the book. Any book first published in the US before January 1, 1978, without a proper copyright notice immediately went into the public domain at the time of publication. There are also no copyright notices in any of the other individual Gregg Shorthand novel versions of existing works, such as Alice in Wonderland, Rip Van Winkle, the Great Stone Face, etc. All copyrights belonged to the original material. Back then, the US Copyright Office did not allow Gregg to copyright shorthand novels based on existing literary works.