William Simpson Potter

William Simpson Potter

William Simpson Potter

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William Simpson Potter (21 January 1805-16 January 1879) was a minor 19th century English author. From available information, Potter was a friend of Henry Spencer Ashbee, a merchant, bibliographer, bibliophile, authority on the life and works of Cervantes, and collector of erotic materials. Ashbee describes Potter as a "shrewd business man, the ardent collector, and the enthusiastic traveller."

According to the bibliography-catalogue, British Museum General Catalogue of Printed Books, Potter is author of two books of letters describing the Prince of Wales' visit to India in 1875-1876. The British Museum, now the British Library has these works in their holdings.

A Letter from the East: from William S. Potter, to his niece, Mrs. Addison Potter bears a publication date of 1877 - according to the online catalog record of the British Library. Also in the holdings of the British Library is Letters from India during H. R. H. the Prince of Wales visit in 1875-6, from William S. Potter to his sister, which dates from 1876. Again, according to this British Museum source, Potter is the author of the Victorian erotic novel, The Romance of Lust, (1873–1876) although the published novel lists its author as "Anonymous."

Because of the anonymous authorship, this novel is alternately attributed to Potter and to another English writer of erotic novels, Edward Sellon (1818?-1866). For example, the Library of Congress...
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