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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, His Famous Mystery Novel,  Hardcover Book, circa 1902

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, His Famous Mystery Novel, Hardcover Book, circa 1902

Some people, including T. S. Eliot, feel that the detective novel starts with Wilkie Collins, not with Poe, but we know better, don't we. Be that as it may, and all teacup battles pushed aside ... Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone" was, for the record, one of the earliest detective novel and highly influential ... and it is, indeed a beautiful mystery. There is a reason this mystery was so popular - it was so very well written - transcending any genre issues, although the genre of "Mysteries" had not really been established in Collins's time. Collins did invent many of the significant plot contrivances of mystery stories as we have come to know them.

this is a handsome edition, published by Henry T. Coates and Company some time around 1902.

The story centers around a sacred diamond, originally under the protective care of Hindu priests, that had been wrongly received by a corrupt English army officer stationed in India. The stone has great religious significance and the priests are intent on its recovery. The corrupt officer dies and his daughter inherits the Moonstone; she, innocent of deceit and unaware of the history of the stone, is then plunged into the heart of the story when the stone disappears, and ill fortune and bad luck ,as well as terrifying and mysterious occurrences happen. A totally engrossing story that will lift you out of the modern world into a world of mysterious doings set in Victorian times.

Author of "The Woman in White"
Published in Philadelphia< Pennsylvania
by Henry T. Coates
No date [ Circa 1902]


Contains the author's Preface; decorated title-page (floral border in dark green and red - there is a centrally placed floral vignette of a single flower with leaves;
iv + 512 pages; approximately 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" x 1" in size; decorated slate-green cloth; top edge gilt. The spine has the title, etc lettered in gold; spine also has two decorative floral embellishments in red; front cover has the title and author's name lettered in gold, top and bottom; Centrally plaed is an ornate mandala style medallion stamped in red and gold - the whole is enclosed by a simple line border in red


BOARDS - Corner tips are moderately bumped; near-negligible surface rub and weathering - the rear board has a few scattered small spots and tiny scuffs - else clean and presentable - title on front board displays brightly

SPINE - Extremities are compressed and display abrasion and slight fraying; joints are rubbed; head of rear joint has a small split (about a half inch); spine surface is rubbed and color is somewhat dulled; slight spotting; title a bit duleld but still quite clear - displays adequately

BINDING AND HINGES - Slight splitting to paper over front hinge - The leaves open widely, exposing binding thread in a few spots - it is obvious the book has been read (but not abused) - there is evidence of minor mending effected to front hinge (nothing egregious, and, really not very visible) no leaves are separated or loose and all in all the text block is fairly solid

EDGES - Top edge gilt is rubbed, else toned but clean

END-PAPERS - A bit of vague ink spotting (likely transferred from another piece of paper) - slight toning and the aforementioned slight splitting to paper over front hinge - previous owner's penciled signature on front fly-leaf - else clean

INTERIOR - Clean and presentable with but modest signs of use - paper is lightly toned throughout

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, His Famous Mystery Novel, Hardcover Book, circa 1902


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: boards, cloth, paper, ink, thread, glue, gilding
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