Publisher: London: Richard Bentley, 1850.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Parrish, page 11; Wolff 1344.
Condition: Edges slightly rubbed; some mild foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 19896
Description3 vols, 8vo, contemporary half calf (skillfully rebacked with new kangaroo spines), marbled sides, maroon morocco labels, gilt lettering. Bound without the half-titles and publisher’s ads, except for the leaf advertising Collins’ biography of his father, which is present in volume 2.
CommentsWilkie Collins’ first novel and second book, a story about the conquest of Rome by Alaric, using Gibbon’s account as it source, and Bulwer-Lytton, Scott and Cooper as his models. Antonina was well received and Collins was praised as a worthy successor to Scott and Bulwer-Lytton, but he never again returned to historical fiction.