The frontispiece "Let me pour out the water," she whispered — [See p. 443.] and the title-page of the autumn 1874 second edition of Wilkie Collins's A Moonstone. A Novel, which reflects the change in the title from the 1868 serial The Moonstone: A Romance to the 1868 volume (The Moonstone: A Novel). The facing page directs the reader's attention to the story's critical experiment with a dose of laudanum a year after the theft of the diamond (21 June 1848) and prepares the reader for the solution of the mystery and the identification of the thief. The title-page of the 1874 volume attests to Collins's already-established popularity in America with such novels as Armadale, The Woman in White, Antonina; or, The Fall of Rome, Man and Wife, and The New Magdalen — this is not precisely the same list of Collins's previous publications mentioned at the beginning of the 1868 first edition, which mentions just six titles, headed by The Moonstone. A Novel. Interestingly, the publisher entered the book title not in the District Court of New York (as in late in 1867 for both the serial and the first edition), but "In the Office of the Libraries of Congress, at Washington") in order to prevent copyright infringement. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.] Click on image to enlarge it.

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