MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS, Esq., R.A. W. Wilkie Collins.
MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS, Esq., R.A.

MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS, Esq., R.A.

With Selections from his Journals and Correspondence. By His Son. [in Two Volumes.] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848. 32 pp Vol I ads dated April 29, 1848. Original blind-stamped dark purple-brown cloth.

First Edition of Wilkie Collins's first book -- a memoir of his father the landscape and genre painter, the popularity of whose works then rivaled that of J.M.W. Turner or John Constable. Though heading uncertainly toward a career as a barrister, 23-year-old Wilkie was partway through writing a classical romance to be titled ANTONINA when his father died in February 1847 -- so he paused to write this memoir (actually published in November 1848, despite the date of the ad catalogue). The work is dedicated to Sir Robert Peel, who had been the Patron of William Collins, and includes (in addition to a portrait of William) an engraved title page in each volume, each portraying a work of art by William.

This copy is still in the original delicate purple-brown cloth, with the original pale-yellow endpapers. Condition is very good (some wear at the spine and joint ends, but the volumes remain tight and quite presentable). Due to the fragility of this binding (the 1840s was the first real decade of cloth bindings in the UK), Wilkie Collins's first work usually turns up rebound in half calf -- so this is a pleasing survival. Parrish & Miller pp 6-11; Gasson pp 102-103. Item #14146

Price: $675.00

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