New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1866. First American Edition: First Edition. Cloth. Tall 8vo, publisher's original pebble-grain green cloth with gold spine lettering and blind-stamped borders, illustrated with full-page B&W frontispiece portrait of Wilkie Collins with B&W in-text and full-page pictures, [2 pages of preliminary ads], viii,  - 320 pages. Weight: 1 lb. 7 oz. Near Fine / None. Item #5543
Overall, a NEAR FINE Copy of this UNCOMMON first edition! Square, tight, clean copy in remarkably clean and bright pebble grain cloth. Characteristic moderate age-toning of pages (likely rebound from its initial newspaperish serialization). Gilt lettering on spine is somewhat faded. Lacks front flyleaf. Slight wear at the head and foot of spine and corners. No foxing but the rare spot or two. Previous owner's signature on front pastedown.
William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was an English novelist (close friend of Charles Dickens), playwright and short story writer. He is best known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel.
The revenge thriller ARMADALE--said to be the author's favorite book--was the only one of Collins's major novels in the 1860s to be serialised in a magazine other than Dickens', All the Year Round. It provoked strong criticism based on its villainess that was aggravated by Collins's confrontational Preface.
A SCARCE edition of ARMADALE, a significant mystery by the great Wilkie Collins. CBEL, III, p.480, VDF, 69. The American edition preceded the British by a brief period.