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Showing himself (smooth face) and Mr. Whistler (with eyeglass). ( See page 14. )

PHOTOGRAPHER. " No smoking here, Sir! "

DICK TINTO. " Oh! A thousand pardons! I was not aware that "

PHOTOGRAPHER [interrupting with dignity]." Please to remember, Gentlemen, that this is not a Common Hartist's studio! " [N. B. Dick and his friends, who are Common Artists, feel shut up by this little aristocratic distinction, which had not occurred to them.]]


The Rise and Progress of a Popular Novel




This edition is limited to 250 copies, of which this is No. 194.

It is many a year since a book has attained the popularity of Mr. du Maurier's second novel, "Trilby" (printed as a serial in Harper's Monthly, from January to August, inclusive, and then issued in book form, on Saturday, 8 September, 1894). Several others have sold as well some even better; but neither "Looking Backward" nor "Ben Hur" (to name but these two) has captivated the public in the same manner or in the same degree as this romance, this fairy tale of the three British artists, the blanchisseuse who posed for "the altogether," the Parisian masters of painting, and the trans Rhenish masters of music, in the Latin Quarter of the early fifties. It is a story written out of the author's very heart, and it finds its way straight to the hearts of his readers. This is the secret of its unique success. Its charm is emotional rather than intellectual. With all its art, it impresses one as essentially ingenuous. It is a book to be loved, not merely to be liked or admired.

On 16 June, 1894, The Critic printed, with comment, a letter in which Mr. Whistler protested to the editor of an English newspaper against the libellous likeness of himself to be found in the character of Joe Sibley, one of the minor personages in the story of "Trilby." In the fall there were so many sporadic calls for this number of the paper as soon to exhaust the supply carried over from the summer. There seemed to be a general desire on the part of our readers to bind up the Whistler letters, etc., with the text and pictures of "Trilby" as printed in Harper's Monthly, the American artist's protest having led to a slight revision of the story before its appearance in book form. The hint was acted upon; and two pages of "Trilbyana" were printed in The Critic of Nov. 17.

Though an extra edition was struck off, the call for this number has at last exhausted the supply; and the present pamphlet, containing among its many items of interest a majority of those that have found a place in the columns of The Critic, may fairly claim to be issued in response to a popular call.




"Trilby: a Novel" 1

Mr. du Maurier as a Draughtsman 4

"Trilby" on the Stage 8

Personalia 11

Mr. du Maurier and Mr. Whistler 15

"Trilby" Entertainments 19

Miscellanea 22

Songs 30

A Search for Sources 35

Nodier's "Trilby," le Lutin d'Argail 37


Mr. du Maurier's Monogram Title page

Mr. du Maurier's First Drawing for Punch Frontispiece

Portrait of Mr. du Maurier from a Photograph Face 16

Portrait of Mr. du Maurier by Himself 11

Portrait of Mr. Whistler 15

"Platt, the New Svengali" 25

Mr. du Maurier's House on Hampton Heath Face 27

"Trilby: a Novel"

By George du Maurier. With Illustrations by the Author... Continue reading book >>

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