"She saw things as they were; but the knowledge came too late"
COLLINS, Wilkie. Blind Love. London: Chatto & Windus, 1890.
3 vols, 8vo; original teal cloth, blocked in black to cover and gilt to spine; Vol I. pp. xii, 304; Vol II. pp. viii, 304, 32 (advertisements); Vol III. pp. viii, 316; rubbing to outer hinges, head and tail of spines, volume two a little shaky, spines a little faded, some scattered light foxing, labels of W.H.Smith & Sons subcription library to front paste-down endpapers, bookplates of John Martineau to front free endpapers.
First Edition. Collins' last book, which he was unable to finish due to his advanced state of illness, and which the writer Walter Besant finished for him after his death, at Collins' request. Originally called "Iris", Blind Love follows the life of a woman who marries an unstable man, and tracks the downwards trajectory of the relationship through murder, fraud and suspicious medical practitioners. In the preface, Besant explains the nature of his agreement with Collins' and states that the chapters left for him to finish were supported by a vast array of explanatory notes. Blind Love was serialised in the Penny Illustrated Paper between July-December 1889.