Lot #644
Wilkie Collins Autograph Letter Signed

"International Copyright is not a question of the commercial interests of publishers, printers, and paper-makers—or of the high or low prices of books—it is a question of national honour"
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"International Copyright is not a question of the commercial interests of publishers, printers, and paper-makers—or of the high or low prices of books—it is a question of national honour"

British author (1824-1889) regarded as the first British detective story writer. ALS, one page, 4.5 x 7, September 7, 1888. Handwritten letter to Edgar F. Gladwin on the question of international copyright in America. In part: "In the matter of International Copyright with America, the first thing to do is (which I am sure you do) to look the question honestly in the face. The law of the United States recognises a right of property in the work of the literary man, so far as the interests of its own citizens are concerned—and deliberately denies that right, in the case of the literary men of all other countries. This (to speak with all due respect) is not worthy of a great nation—and the blame now rests with the national Congress. International Copyright is not a question of the commercial interests of publishers, printers, and paper-makers—or of the high or low prices of books—it is a question of national honour, and the national honour is in the hands of your Legislature. There are no readers who have such a true interest in literature, and such a sincere respect for literature as American readers. These excellent friends of ours are not fairly represented when they are compelled by their legislature to buy books which owe their existence to a fraud on the author." In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021





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