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Memoirs Of The Life Of William Collins, Esq., R.A. With Selections From His Correspondence. By His Son, W. Wilkie Collins. Volume I. (II.)

Wilkie Collins

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

New Works In Miscellaneous And General Literature, Published By Messrs. Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans


London:: Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans., MDCCCXLVIII.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 196 mm. (Duodecimo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xii, 348, 32 p., frontis.(port.), add. engr. t.pl. - Vol. II: vi, 354 p., add. engr. t.pl.


Vol. I: [Frontis., add. t.pl., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text]; [colophon] - [Publishers' advertisement]. - Vol. II: [Add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - Contents - [Text] - Appendix; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of William Collins in Volume I is signed as [drawn] by J. Linnell and [engraved] by H. Robinson. It carries the publishers' imprint of Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, and the date (1848).

The title-page vignettes of both volumes are signed as [painted] by W. Collins R.A. and [engraved] by J. Hinchcliff.

The printers' names are given on the versos of the title pages and in the colophons: 'Tyler & Reed, Printers, Bolt-Court, Fleet-Street.'

The work is dedicated to Sir Robert Peel.

The back pastedown of Volume I carries the binder's ticket, which reads, 'Bound By Westleys & Co. London'.

Summary Note

Wilkie Collins's biography of his father is followed by an Appendix listing 'Pictures Painted By William Collins, Esq., R.A.' and 'Engravings From The Work Of William Collins, R.A.'

Two works by Collins are shown in the title-page vignettes - 'The Shrimper's return' (Vol. I.) and 'Visiting the Puppy' (Vol. II.).

At the end of Volume I a 32-page publishers' advertisement has been bound in, entitled, 'New Works In Miscellaneous And General Literature, Published By Messrs. Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans, Paternoster Row, London.' ('Printed by M. Mason, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row.').


The front free-endpaper in both volumes is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy By the Author'. Presented by Wilkie Collins in 1849 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, X, 240).

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth, upper and lower covers having blind-stamped decorative borders; rebacked in 1989 (by A. Wesseley). Vol. I retains earlier spine-piece lettered 'Memoir Of W. Collins R.A. Vol. I.'; Vol. II has spine lettered 'Memoir Of W. Collins Vol. II.'

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Biography - Memoirs - Art history - Catalogues - Publishers' advertisements - Great Britain - 19th century