The Moonstone | by Wilkie Collins | Stan Washburn

The Moonstone | by Wilkie Collins | Stan Washburn

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A detective novel by Wilkie Collins
With 34 scratchboard illustrations by Stan Washburn

Signed by the artist

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Although many people assume that Edgar Alan Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue” “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” and “The Purloined Letter” are the progenitors of the detective novel, these were short stories without elaborate structure. The Moonstone, originally published in 1868, possesses red herrings, a renowned investigator, and a final plot twist, all qualities which were to become the signature traits of twentieth-century detective fiction.

Stan Washburn’s portraits and landscapes, which he executed using scratchboard, a technique invented during Collins’ era to emulate woodcuts, add another layer of texture to the book.

 Production Details

  • Edition of 300 numbered copies for sale

  • Octavo, 9-3/8 by 6-1/4 inches, 460 pages

  • Bound in blue cloth, in slipcase with Swarovski crystal “moonstone”

  • Arion Press publication #95, 2012

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A limited number of unbound books in sheets are available for bookbinders at a 15% discount.