Publisher: London: Chatto and Windus, 1879.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wolff 1351; Parrish, pages 110-111; not in Sadleir.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 18769
Description3 vols, 8vo, later red half morocco by Riviere, red cloth sides, gilt decorations and lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Half-titles in vols 1 & 2; not bound in vol. 3.
CommentsOne of Collins’ scarcest novels, an exploration of the lives of “those who have drawn blanks in the lottery of life . . . the friendless and the 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. W.A. Foyle bookplate on the front paste-downs.