I hope you can help me. Back in 2018 I had my short story published by a publishing house. He insisted that there was no need for a contract even if I asked for one. He tried to print my book but after some failed attempts(bad printing and cut) and two years of patience I asked him to stop the process. The publisher agreed but informed me that we had it typically published as a first edition because he had already sell few of the failed books(2 or 3 copies). My questions are these. Can I include this book in my new one as a chapter and publish it by a different publisher? Does the "no contract" prevent me from doing something like this?
Thanks for your time