Although there have been several partial collections, there is no complete edition of Collins's works.
Sampson Low during 1861-62 issued a 'cheap and uniform edition' of six titles with vignette frontispieces by Gilbert: Antonina; Basil; Hide and Seek; The Dead Secret; The Queen of Hearts; The Woman in White. They added a one volume edition of No Name in 1864 for 'Low's Favourite Library of Popular Books'.
From 1865 Smith Elder added the copyright of the Sampson Low publications to After Dark and Armadale, publishing nine titles in various cheap editions, mainly pictorial boards or limp cloth. The popular edition of 1872 also included The Moonstone. Altogether they published the following ten titles:
Antonina; Basil; Hide and Seek; The Dead Secret; The Queen of Hearts; The Woman in White; No Name; After Dark; Armadale; The Moonstone.
In 1875, Chatto & Windus acquired the copyright to most of the earlier titles (excluding Armadale, After Dark and No Name which remained with Smith Elder until 1890, and Bentley's A Rogue's Life); they published the majority of Collins's new works till 1889. Chatto issued several cheap editions from 1875 in various formats, including the New Illustrated Library edition, Piccadilly Novels, and popular editions. By 1890, they published twenty-nine titles which continued to be issued well into the twentieth century:
Antonina, Basil, Hide and Seek, After Dark, The Dead Secret, The Queen of Hearts, The Woman in White, No Name, My Miscellanies, Armadale, The Moonstone, Man and Wife, Poor Miss Finch, The New Magdalen, Miss or Mrs?: and Other Stories in Outline, The Frozen Deep: and Other Stories, The Law and The Lady, The Two Destinies, A Rogue's Life, The Fallen Leaves, The Haunted Hotel, Jezebel's Daughter, The Black Robe, Heart and Science,"I Say No", The Guilty River, The Evil Genius, Little Novels, The Legacy of Cain, Blind Love.
Routledge published four works in pictorial boards between 1897 and 1898. On the Continent, Tauchnitz in the Collection of British Authors published twenty-eight titles in fifty volumes between 1856 and 1890.
In America, Harpers, New York, were Collins's main publishers. They issued seventeen titles in a variety of formats between 1873 and 1902.
Dark, and Other Stories; Antonina; Armadale; Basil; Hide and Seek; "I Say No"; Man and
Wife; My Miscellanies; No Name; Poor Miss Finch; The Dead Secret; The Law and
the Lady; The Moonstone; The New Magdalen; The Queen of Hearts; The Two
Destinies; The Woman in White.
P. F. Collier, New York, published a thirty volume edition in 1900 but this is also not complete (reprinted AMS Press, New York 1970):
Vol. I - The Woman in
White, part one, 12 Illustrations, 575 pages
Many of Collins's works were issued in unauthorised editions by pirates such as the Fireside, Lovell and Seaside Libraries (New York); Lakeside Library (Chicago); and Peterson (Philadelphia).
Modern publishers re-issuing Collins titles include Oxford University Press, Sutton Publishing (Stroud) and Dover (New York), all of whom have also issued various collections of short stories. The 1994 Complete Shorter Fiction (edited by Julian Thompson) includes several short stories not previously re-issued or which originally appeared in America and had not been published in England.
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