Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860. First American Edition. Very Good.
First US edition, state B of the ads (dated August, 1860). Original publisher's blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt with woman in blind to lower spine, brown endpapers. Wear and rubbing to the extremities, spine ends and corners frayed, covers rubbed, spine shaken, pages 177-180 torn at inner margin. Overall, a good copy free of any repairs or restoration. The Woman in White is Collins' fifth novel and his first major publication. A pioneering "sensation" novel, it blended Gothic romance and Realism by creating a dramatic plot that drew its suspense not from the fantastical but from the ordinary. Indeed, it tells the story of a young man whose would-be sweetheart chooses to honor her father by marrying a wealthy landowner who secretly plots to steal her inheritance. A truly revolutionary text, The Woman in White is a forerunner in modern detective and mystery fiction as its protagonist uses many of the investigative techniques that would later be used by fictional private investigators. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.