The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins, Lynton Lamb (illustrator) 1956 - Folio Society, London - First Edition Illustrated by Lamb Elegantly bound and finely illustrated edition of what is considered to be one of the first murder mystery titles ever written, with twelve full page lithographs by influential artist and illustrator Lynton Lamb.

‘The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?’

Hailed by Margaret Oliphant as
‘a new beginning in fiction’. The Woman in White is a dazzling display of literary prowess, causing a flurry of excitement upon its publication. By the time the novel had finished its first print run, Collins was earning a yearly income of over £10,000 pounds. It features a cast of unforgettable characters, including the plain, but brilliant ‘spinster’ Marian Halcome, and the nefarious Count Fosco, whose schemes and plots have earned him a place among the ranks of the best fictional villains.

The book has since been adapted into countless radio-shows, screenplays, television series, and movies, and is listed by The Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writer’s Association,
The Telegraph, Julian Symons, and Haycraft Queen as one of the best Crime/Mystery Novels.
  ‘Wilkie Collins's novel caused unprecedented excitement when it appeared in 1859, and has not lost its capacity to thrill.’ - The Guardian

Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was born in London, but lived with his parents in France and Italy for much of his life. Best known for his crime novels; The Moonstone and The Woman in White, Collins was a prolific author and editor, and collaborated with Dickens on various literary projects. Collins has since been noted by DIckens as the only author cited as an influence on his own work. Famous amongst his friends and contemporaries for his flamboyant lifestyle, frequent periods of travel, and, later in his life, his addiction to opium following a severe case of gout.

Lynton Lamb (1907-77) was an influential English illustrator, painter, and designer. Born in Nizamabad, India, educated ub Ebgland, and served as Camouflage Staff Officer during the Second World War.

References:
The Guardian [web], Herbert, Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 82. Bleiler, Checklist of Fantastic Literature 548. Greene & Glover, Victorian Detective Fiction. Hubin, Crime Fiction (2003). Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Illustrators, 282.

Octavo (binding size 22.6x15cm), pp. [12] 519 [5].
  Finely bound by Maurin in full purple levant morocco, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, twin gilt fillet borders to covers, intricate inner gilt dentelles and twin fillet borders enclosing hand-marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with moderate sunning to spine and minor wear along upper hinge.   Ref: 109727   Price: HK$ 4,500