London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1848. Hardcover. 8vo. This is the UNCOMMON FIRST EDITION of renowned writer Wilkie Collins’s first book, a biography of his father, published when he was only 24. The biography was completed the year after his father, the noted artist William Collins, died. According to Gasson’s Wilkie Collins: An Illustrated Guide, William Collins had always intended for his son to write his biography. To an extent, William’s journals, correspondence, and notes were written with this in mind. Wilkie also received assistance from his father’s friends. The book received generally good reviews, and was praised by writers such as Maria Edgeworth and Walter de la Mare. Wilkie's first novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. Very good in contemporary three-quarter brown leather that has some scuffing and rubbing, with marbled boards and end papers, gilt title, and rules on spine, and gilt to top edges. The interior pages are clean and solid. Includes an engraved portrait of William Collins, and the volumes are extra-illustrated by the insertion of 57 plates by many artists of the period. No publisher catalog. Volume I has xii, 348 pages; Volume II has vi, 354 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/091507. Very Good.