This novel remained unfinished at Gissing's death in 1903, being published posthumously in 1904. This manuscript contains eight autograph pages, six of a heavily annotated first draft of chapter one [leaves marked in Gissing's hand: Chapter 1, 4, 5, 10 and 12, an early version in which there is no character named Veranilda, and two final leaves [marked in Gissing's hand 115 and 116], less heavily annotated, which are the last words written by Gissing before his death on 28 December 1903.
In addition to the manuscript leaves there is a note in Gabrielle Fleury's hand: "The 2 last pages of Vernanilda which I found in 1929 by chance between G.G.'s blotting paper. Glle GF", and part of the title-page of Gissing's copy of Table Talk by Coleridge, with Gissing's signature and the date 87.