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One of Wilkie Collins' scarcest novels  

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The Fallen Leaves

Collins, Wilkie


Chatto and Windus



3 Volumes. Half-titles in Vols. I & II, not bound in Vol. III. (8vo) later red half-morocco ruled in gilt by Riviere with red cloth-covered boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges trimmed. First Edition. 

One of Collins' scarcest novels, an exploration of the lives of "those who have drawn blanks in the lottery of life...the friendless and lonely, and the wounded and the lost." The tale centers  on outcasts, wayward women and a utopian hero who tries to help them. Though stated on the title-page  "First Series," The Fallen Leaves was unsuccessful with the reading public and a sequel never appeared, though Collins maintained, in his usual boisterous fashion that it was one of his best novels. Wolff 1351; Parrish, pages 110-111; not in Sadleir.  W.A. Goyle bookplate on the front paste-downs.

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