Leonard Smithers

(1861—1907) publisher and antiquarian bookseller

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With H. S. Nichols, he issued erotic books under the imprint of the Erotika Biblion Society. Working alone by 1895, Smithers took over where J. Lane left off, launching The Savoy, and publishing Beardsley, Wilde, Symons, and Dowson. His books were finely made and often illustrated, but by 1900 he was bankrupt. In order to survive, he issued pirated editions of Wilde and others under false imprints.

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