Wilkie Collins

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(1098) Collins, Wilkie (1824-1889). “Zakon i Zhenshchina” (“The Law and the Lady”) 2 Volumes.

Original typescript, 1st copy. 608 pages. Clothcovered hardbound binding. 19,5cm. Samizdat dated 1979.

The Russian edition of 1875 from which our samizdat is a dactylographic copy was published in the same year as the original English edition because the Russian reading public were impatient to get their hands on any new writings by the English author. Wilkie Collins, like Jack London, counted for the Russians as being part of that rare breed of foreign authors who were deeply and popularly appreciated.
It’s unfortunate that the national library of Russia mentions several missing pages in their copy of this novel. The edition of 1993 (OCLC:33928082) is a reproduction of of the second edition in 1877 which is, at times, quite different. All the same even the 1993 edition seems to be absent from libraries.
The only work by Collins authorised to publication by the Soviet censors would be “Lunnyi Kamen’” (“The Moonstone”).

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