Wilkie Collins | First Editions
1824 - 1889
William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, author of short stories and general man of letters. He was enormously popular during the Victorian era, rivalling the likes of Dickens (with whom he was both friend and colleague), in popularity.
He wrote 30 novels, 60-odd short stories, 14 plays, and around 100 pieces of non-fiction work.
Collins is arguably best known for "The Woman in White", "The Moonstone", and "Armadale", although his popular output far exceeded those three works.
He is also credited unofficially with creating the "sensational" novel ("Basil" of 1852 is a particularly good example, being that tragic and overwrought must be exhausting) and with refining if not outright inventing the modern detective story (in the words of another distinguished bookseller Collins's "The Moonstone." is the: "fons et origio of many genre memes", no more absinthe for that man).
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London: The Gresham Publishing Co., n.d. [c.1900]. [Classic Literature]. FIRST THUS. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.xxiv; 355 . With six wood engraved plates by Browne, including a frontispiece. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board, along with distinctive white and green decoration. Grey endpapers. Black ink...
New York, NY: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1860. [Literature] FIRST EDITION, also the FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION and first single volume edition. Likely predates the UK edition; the British publisher's circular states that their triple-decker appeared in mid to late August, 1860. The US publication date was 14th August 1860. This...
New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1868. FIRST U.S. EDITION, being the FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, also first single volume edition. Published the same year as the UK triple-decker. Publisher's blind-stamped vertical-ribbed lilac cloth, with decorative gilt titles to spine, peach-coloured coated endpapers. Bookplate of Oelrichs to pastedown, bumped to upper...
New York: Peter Fenelon Collier, n.d. (circa 1900). Complete in 30 volumes. Octavo. With frontispiece illustrations and many other full-page plates. Handsomely bound in brown half calf, gilt titles and decoration to spines, matching buckram boards, all edge speckled. Internally clean. A most attractive set in an elegant recent leather binding.
London, Sampson Low. 1862. First One Volume Edition. 8vo. Bound in publisher's embossed mauve cloth, extensively sunned, titled in gilt to spine. Lightly bumped to extremities otherwise clean, strong and handsome. Internally clean and fresh. Minor toning to prelims. Illustrated frontis. A most respectable copy of Collins's cautionary tale of...