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DescriptionWilkie Collins. The Queen of Hearts. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1859. First edition. Three volumes. Octavo (7.625 x 4.875 inches; 193 x 123 mm.). , iii, , 314, 16 [ads]; , 359, ; , 307,  pages. Publisher's full blind-stamped olive cloth; spines lettered in gilt. All edges trimmed. Original light yellow endpapers. Housed in custom blue cloth chemise in one-quarter book-backed slipcase, blue morocco over blue cloth with red leather spine labels, gilt tooling, and five raised bands at spine. Minor edge and joint wear to bindings; mild discoloration to backstrips and edges of boards; general light rubbing with a few areas of soiling; spine ends pushed; minimal loss of gilt at backstrips; gentle bumping to corners. Normal age toning to edges of text block; a bit of scuffing; top edges lightly dust soiled. Previous owner signatures to front free endpapers; occasional rough opening at fore-edges; scattered light thumbsoiling and foxing, mostly marginal; a touch of dimpling to pages, from handling. Very good. "The Queen of Hearts show[s] the novelist carrying farther his talent for dramatic construction and his experiments in technique. [The book contains] descriptive passages of sombre power" (Sadleir, Excursions in Victorian Bibliography, pp. 130-131, 140). With gilt-stamped red leather book label of Florence and Edward Kaye affixed to inside of chemise. Queen's Quorum 3.
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