Andromeda, and Other Poems.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1858. Sm. 8vo, 111, (12 pp. ads). Original blind-panelled brown cloth, central blind-stamped oval, backstrip lettered in gilt (very faint), joints invisibly repaired. First American edition, this copy with a 4pp. ALS from Kingsley, Eversley July (7?) 57; (addressees name cut out) about the passages to which objections had been raised. My hands are clean. If Ticknor and Fields leave in the passages to which (you?) object, the blood be on their own head and their dollars out of their own pocket. For why? Have I not given them carte blanche to strike out everything and anything to which you object? Much of the letter is illegible but it seems he was writing to a publisher as he comments on copyright issues, making corrections to a text, etc. The last page is cross-written making it even harder to read but from the words that are legible this might be an important letter in which Kingsley seems to express his feelings about writing. His best known books today are Westward Ho! and The Water-Babies.
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