THE DEAD ALIVE. Wilkie Collins.


Fully Illustrated. Boston: Shepard and Gill, 1874. 10 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in black, lettered in gilt and in orange.

First Edition of this mysterious tale, actually published in late 1873 (the English edition, THE FROZEN DEEP AND OTHER STORIES, was published about nine months later -- with this tale titled "John Jago's Ghost"). Collins wrote this tale during his 1873-1874 reading tour of America; as he says in his "Note in Conclusion" at the end, this mystery was based upon an actual murder case that had taken place in Manchester Vermont: in 1819 the Boorn brothers were convicted (based partly on a relative's recurring dream) of murdering their brother-in-law Russell Colvin in 1812 -- but shortly before one of the brothers was to be hanged, Colvin was discovered to be living in New Jersey.

This is a bright, very good-plus copy (volume slightly askew, a trace of wear at some corners, a partially-removed bookplate on the front paste-down). Parrish & Miller pp 93-94; Gasson p. 88; Wolff 1353b. Item #14580

Price: $325.00