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Issue Details: First known date: 1907... 1907 The Apothecary's Fatal Error : An Episode Out of the Life of the Author
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Notes

  • Preface. 'The following authentic narrative has been culled from my diary of thirty years' experience in foreign lands, and written by my eldest daughter, aged 10 years, the principal object of the publication being to provide means for the maintenance of my family. I have endeavoured to set forth in these pages an authentic account of how I became afflicted with blindness, which calamity disabled me from following my own profession. Trusting that this, like my former humble efforts, and also other works which I am engaged upon willl give entire staitsfaction to my readers, ... '
  • Autobiographical.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Yokohama, Honshu,
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      Japan,
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      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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      s.n. ,
      1907 .
      Printed by Fukuin Printing Co.
      Extent: 69p.
      Edition info: New ed.
      Reprinted: 1912
      Note/s:
      • This work may have been published twice. The first edition possibly printed by a printer in Kobe, Japan. See the attached note.
      • Includes 'Sequel to the Foregoing' . Descibed by the author as 'A corrected account of an extraordinary trial at Singapore on Aug. 18th, 31st, and Sept. 5th respectively.' The account begins: 'Charles Ridgway, known as the blind author, who keeps a temperance refreshment rooms in Anson Road, was arrested on a warrent at the instance of Dr. J. Leask for criminal intimidation, in having on the 16th in[.] gone to Dr Leask's house and demanded the sum of Two Thousand Dollars... Defendent told Witness that he had published a book about the loss of his sight. ... if he,Witness, did not pay him ...he, Defendent, would publish a new edition of the book and that he would publish Witness's name instead of the one he had hitherto substituted in the original pamphlet. ... in Kobe he published a pamphlet in which he gave a detailed account of how he came to lose his sight, but he had substituted another name instead of Dr Leask's in the book...[He] wished to publish the truth, and had already arranged with the printer to have One Thousand and Two Hundred copies strict....Ridgway was sentenced to a month simple imprisonment.'
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