These full-page wood-engravings face the page of text illustrated, so that the reader encounters word and image simultaneously, "reading" one against the other throughout the complementary pages. For a volume containing 434 pages, the novel is hardly as abundantly illustrated as the American first edition, but introduces the reader to visualisations of all the principal characters, including the cousins on military service in India in Fraser's initial plate, the three Brahmins and their clairvoyant child (Fraser's third plate), Sergeant Cuff and the gardeners (Fraser's fourth plate), the Sergeant with his alterego, Betteredge, the butler (Fraser's fifth plate), Rachel Verinder, her mother, Godfrey Abelwhite, and the censorious Miss Clack (Fraser's seventh plate), and the male protagonist, Franklin Blake (Fraser's final two illustrations), and, indistinctly, the attorney, Mr. Bruff, watching from the shadows (Fraser's eighth plate). Significant by their absences are the anguished servant, Rosanna Spearman, Betteredge's daughter, Mr. Candy, and Ezra Jennings.

Title or text illustratedPage Chapter
Frontispiece by one of the leading illustrators of the age, George Du Maurier, "Do you think a young lady's advice worth having?" 94Ch. 12
""A cry inside hurried me into a room which appeared to serve as an armoury. A third Indian, mortally wounded, was sinking at the feet of a mnan whose back was towards me.". 4 Prologue.
"The Indian — first touching the boy's head and making signs over it in the air — then said, "Look!" 17 Ch. 3
"One of these days (please God) I shall retire from catching thieves, and try my hand at growing roses." 90 Ch. 12
""The Sergeant pointed to the boot in the footmark, without saying a word." 144 Ch. 19
"He had just time to notice that the arm around his neck was naked and of a tawny-brown colour, before his eyes were bandaged, his mouth was gagged, and he was thrown helpless on the floor." 183 Second Period. First Narrative. Ch. 1
"She stopped, ran across the room — and fell on her knees at her mother's feet." 195 Second Period. First Narrative. Ch. 1
""You villain, I saw you take the Diamond with my own eyes."" 317 Ch. 7
"He took the mock Diamond out with his right hand." 392 Fourth Narrative. Extracted from the Journal of Ezra Jennings."

Related Materials


Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone: A Romance. All the Year Round. 1 January-8 August 1868.

_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization. With 63 illustrations. 1 January-8 August 1868.

_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. Illustrated by George Du Maurier and F. A. Fraser. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890.

_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. Illustrated by A. S. Pearse. London & Glasgow: Collins, 1910, rpt. 1930.

Leighton, Mary Elizabeth, and Lisa Surridge. "The Transatlantic Moonstone: A Study of the Illustrated Serial in Harper's Weekly." Victorian Periodicals Review Volume 42, Number 3 (Fall 2009): pp. 207-243. Accessed 1 July 2016.

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