COLLINS, Wilkie. The Fallen Leaves. London, Chatto & Windus, [c.1880].
8vo. Original pictorial boards; pp. [viii], 355, 32 (adverts); a delicate copy of a fragile book (as is common with yellowback novels), some surface rubbing, and minor restorations to spine/front free endpaper, retaining advertisements to endleaves and rear insert.
A yellowback edition of one of Collins' more controversial novels, which uses the metaphor of 'fallen leaves' to explore the predicament of women society was accustomed to cast by the wayside. This copy retains the entertainingly dramatic front cover illustration, a conceit devised to tempt readers into buying cheap versions of fiction from popular authors. This copy contains a Chatto & Windus insert bound in from June 1881, some considerable time before this book's publication date.