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Stevenson, Robert Louis

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1886)

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1886. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-138 [139-152: ads], original printed yellow wrappers printed in black. First edition. The Scribner edition was published 5 January 1886, four days before the British edition was published by Longmans, Green. 4200 copies were printed of which 3000 were issued in paper wrappers and 1200 issued green cloth. ". a Faustian moral fable which takes the form of a tale of mystery and horror. It precedes Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1891), which in some respects resembles it, by five years, and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession; in some respects it is also a tale of drug dependency." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1165. "A classic in the genre, it has been historically one of the most important stories in late Victorian literature." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2094. ". one of the supreme works of horror literature, setting the pattern for and influencing as many imitations as DRACULA." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 402-03. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone volume. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-141; (1981) 1-153; (1987) 1-86; (1995) 1-86; and (2004) II-1086. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 167. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-93. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1532. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 310-11. Cawthorn and Moorcock: Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 15. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 725. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 17. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1834-39. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2184-89. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-230. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 456. Bleiler (1978), p. 186. Reginald 13663. Beinecke 346. Mild rubbing to edges, small triangular chip from lower right corner of front cover, slight loss at left corner of lower spine end, a very good or somewhat better copy. An unsophisticated copy of the uncommon paperbound issue. Enclosed in a custom cloth folding box. (#154583). Bookseller Inventory # 154583

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.: Stevenson, Robert Louis

Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Robert Louis Stevenson on a laid in signature. An attractive copy in the publisher's original green cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy with an acetate dustjacket SIGNED by the author. We buy SIGNED Stevenson First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14956307143

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis |

Published by London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. (1886)

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Item Description: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886., 1886. First Edition of Jekyll and Hyde in the Original Wrappers STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. First English edition. Octavo (9 x 4 5/8 inches; 178 x 118 mm.). [8], 141, [1, blank], [1, ads], [1, blank] pp. Original buff paper wrappers printed in blue and red. With the 1885 date on the front wrapper altered in ink to 1886 [as always]. Ads for Longman’s Magazine on inner front wrapper and ads for J.G. Whyte Melville’s works on inner rear wrapper. Tiny expert repair to lower margin of front wrapper, small expert repair to gutter margin of rear wrapper. Minimal soiling to wrappers, otherwise a near fine and almost untouched copy with absolutely none of the usual chipping on the paper spine, far superior to the vast majority we have seen over the past fifty years. Truly a wonderful example of this very fragile masterpiece. From the renowned collection off M.S. Slocum of Pasadena with his neat pencil signature on half-title and original catalog description laid-in. Housed in a red cloth clamshell case with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt."The date on the front cover was originally 1885, but the last figure was altered by pen into 6. It had been intended to publish the book in December 1885, 'but when it was ready the bookstalls were already full of Christmas numbers, etc., and the trade would not look at it,' (Mr. Charles Longman in Balfour's Life, ii, 14). The publication was therefore postponed till January 1886" (Prideaux 17). Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next."Until 1886 [Stevenson] had never earned much. by his pen. But in that year came two successes which greatly increased his reputation, and with it his power to earn. These were The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped. The former, founded partly on a dream, is a striking apologue of the double life of man. Published as a 'shilling shocker,' a form at that time in fashion, it became instantly popular; was quoted from a thousand pulpits; was translated into German, French, and Danish; and the names of its two chief characters have passed into the common stock of proverbial allusion" (DNB). "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde may be read for its style alone. Many critics have objected to its brevity. but Henry James called the book 'a masterpiece of concision'. If Dracula leaves one with the sensation of having been struck down by a massive, 400-page wall of horror, then Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is like the sudden, mortal jab of an ice pick" (Stephen King). Due to the delay in placing the book in bookstores in England, its release was preceded by the first American edition by four days.Beinecke 349. Prideaux 17. Bookseller Inventory # 03953

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Stevenson Robert Louis

Published by London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1886 (1886)

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Item Description: London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1886, 1886. First edition, the scarce first issue with date change on the wrapper as called for. A copy with fine provenance. 8vo, bound in half burgundy diced calf over cloth covered boards, retaining the original publisher’s paper wrappers and the original ads as well, the spine with a leather label boldly lettered in gilt. blanks, [8], 138, blank, 4 pages of advertisements, blanks. A very well preserved and handsome copy, internally uncommonly fresh and clean, only the original wrappers have some soiling and minor edgewear, the binding in fine order. With the ownership stamp on the title page of Sir Reginald Hanson, Lord Mayor of London. THE TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. RETAINING THE ORIGINAL PRINTED WRAPPERS WITH DATE CHANGE IN PEN AND EXECUTED BY HAND. The book was originally to be released in December of 1885 and the wrappers had already been printed when the publisher, not wanting it to be lost among the bookstalls filled with Christmas offerings, postponed the release to January of ‘86. The date on the wrappers was changed by hand in ink on this scarce first issue. This copy with the fine provenance of Sir Reginald Hanson, who in 1886 was at the peak of his career. It was in that year he was elected Lord Mayor of London, and during which time Queen Victoria celebrated her Jubilee. In 1887, Sir Reginald entertained Her Majesty at the Mansion House where he was created a Baronet by her, having previously been knighted. Guests that day included the explorer Henry Morton Stanley and Judge Thomas Hughes, author of ‘Tom Brown's Schooldays’. "Until 1886 [Robert Louis Stevenson] had never earned much. but in that year came two successes which greatly increased his reputation, and with it his power to earn." -DNB. These two publications were THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL and KIDNAPPED. The former, said to be inspired by a dream, brought him considerable fame. "The theme of dualism and the Doppelgänger recurs in his work, as does an admiration for morally ambiguous heroes or anti-heroes." [Oxf Compan to Lit] These themes are particularly true for this well-known story. Dr. Jekyll, a physician cognizant of the duality of good and evil in his personality and intrigued with the idea of developing these sides separately, into different people, discovers a drug that will help him do so. His alter-ego is called Mr. Hyde and is pure evil, gradually taking over the other side of his personality. Dr. Jekyll eventually loses control of the two sides and is forced to deal with the consequences. "Jekyll and Hyde" is one of Stevenson's most collectible titles. Bookseller Inventory # 22507

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STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR: Stevenson, Robert Louis

Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1886. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-141 [142: blank] [143: ad] [144: blank], original decorated buff wrappers printed in blue and red. First British edition. The Longman edition was published 9 January 1886, four days after the U.S. edition was published by Charles Scribner's Sons. The Longman edition, like the Scribner edition was issued in cloth and in paper wrappers, this being one of the latter with the "5" in the date on front panel altered by hand to "6." ". a Faustian moral fable which takes the form of a tale of mystery and horror. It precedes Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1891), which in some respects resembles it, by five years, and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession; in some respects it is also a tale of drug dependency." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1165. "A classic in the genre, it has been historically one of the most important stories in late Victorian literature." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2094. ". one of the supreme works of horror literature, setting the pattern for and influencing as many imitations as DRACULA." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 402-03. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-141; (1981) 1-153; (1987) 1-86; (1995) 1-86; and (2004) II-1086. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 167. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-93. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1532. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 310-11. Cawthorn and Moorcock: Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 15. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 725. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 17. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1834-39. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2184-89. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-230. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 456. Bleiler (1978), p. 186. Reginald 13663. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Beinecke 349. Neat name and date (5/1/86) in pencil to half title page, some light foxing to half title page. Some mild soiling to wrappers, loss to lower spine end (25 mm), small tear and crease to lower left rear cover, previous owner has printed in ink on the spine the title and author's name, a very good copy with tight and clean interior. Now housed in a custom slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 154612

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

Published by London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. (1886)

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Item Description: London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886., 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First English edition, first issue. Thin 8vo. One page of publisher's advertisements at beginning and 2 pages at end. Front wrapper printed in red and blue (with publication date altered from 1885 to 1886, as issued). Original beige wrappers bound in. 3/4 gilt stamped red morocco over red cloth, spine with raised bands and gilt stamped floral device within a gilt ruled compartment, covers ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Fine. No signatures or bookplates. Bookseller Inventory # 229372

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis

Published by Longmans, Green, and Co. (1886)

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First U.K. and first hardcover edition. 7 1/4" x 4 3/4". Original salmon cloth stamped in black; green floral endpapers. With "Harvey Murphy/Middle Temple" rubber stamp dated "1-Jan. 86" on front and back endpapers. An exceptional copy with slight rubbing on covers. Fine, fresh copy, the nicest we have come across. 141 pages; one page of ads at end for "A Child's Garden of Verses." Enclosed in half blue morocco slipcase. Printed by Spottiswoode and Co. Bookseller Inventory # 308892

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr: STEVENSON, Robert Louis

STEVENSON, Robert Louis

Published by New York Charles Scribner's Sons (1886)

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Item Description: New York Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. True First Edition of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in the Scarce Original Wrappers STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Authorized Edition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First edition. (This American edition preceded the English edition by four days, but used the Longmans sheets). Small octavo. [8], 138, [2, blank], [14, advertisements] pp. Original printed yellow wrappers, just slightly skewed. Spine repaired, with about a quarter inch of loss to the bottom. A nice copy of a book that usually shows up in poor condition. Housed in a black cloth clamshell case with black morocco labels lettered in gilt on spine. This "Authorized" American edition was published on 5 January 1886—four days before the London edition (Longmans had intended to publish in December 1885, but delayed publication until January, as it feared the book would be lost in the Christmas rush). Even though Scribner’s issued 3,000 copies in wrappers and 1,250 copies in cloth, the copy in wrappers is much scarcer since it's more fragile and most likely not saved. The story of how Stevenson came to write this classic tale is by now well known: He was one night in the middle of a nightmare when Fanny, alarmed by his disturbance, woke him. Louis complained with irritation that she had interrupted a ‘fine bogy tale.’ Seizing his pen the following day he began to write down the story he had dreamed. Initially it was the Gothic horror of the story that excited him, and he produced a first draft at great speed, reading the story triumphantly to Fanny when he finished. But Fanny wasn’t happy with the story. She felt that it could be more than a Poe-like crawler, that it could be more morally pointed than Louis had fashioned it. Certainly in this case it can only be said that her comments did the story and Louis considerable good. Angrily the first draft was cast into the fire and he started again, this time producing the version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde that we know (Calder). Beinecke 346. Prideaux, 17, p. 45. HBS 67112. $7,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67112

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Stevenson, Robert Louis.

Published by Longmans, Green an Co., London (1886)

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Item Description: Longmans, Green an Co., London, 1886. First UK edition. Octavo. Original buff wrappers printed in red and blue. Ownership inscription (Kate Rae) in upper margin of front wrap, spine a touch chipped, but an unsophisticated and entirely attractive copy. Housed in a cloth chemise. First English Edition First Issue. This state in wrappers preceded the casebound issue by a week or so. The first issue is identified by the ink correction of the date on the upper wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # kfk497

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Longmans, Green an Co., London, 1886. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The American edition was published four days earlier. Original buff wrappers printed in red and blue. Contemporary ownership inscription in upper margin of front wrap, modest spine chipping, scattered rubbing – this book is becoming increasingly rare in untouched condition. A pleasing, very good copy. Housed in a cloth chemise. Ex-Mary and Donald Hyde, superstar collectors. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17913055003

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Stevenson Robert Louis

Published by London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1886 (1886)

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Item Description: London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1886, 1886. First edition, first issue. 8vo, in the original printed wrappers with the date on the bottom of the upper cover changed manually in the publisher's hand. Now housed in a fine morocco backed foldover case, the spine panel beautifully decorated in gilt, rounded and with raised bands. [viii],141, ads. A very good copy. Some evidence of old damp at the edges of the wrappers and to some of the final leaves, expert, unobtrusive and highly sympathetic refurbishment to spine panel, internally quite clean and overall, well preserved. THE TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. THIS COPY IN THE ORIGINAL PRINTED WRAPPERS WITH DATE CHANGE IN PEN AND EXECUTED BY HAND. Copies in the original wrappers are extremely difficult to obtain. Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh and began studying law at Edinburgh University. He was admitted advocate in 1875, but decided to become a writer. Stevenson was fascinated by Edinburgh street life and developed a Bohemian lifestyle. He soon began travelling due to ill health, in search of a place where he could feel better. After travelling extensively, by 1884, he had also published a good deal. His first two books--Treausre Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde brought him fame. "The theme of dualism and the Doppelgänger recurs in his work, as does an admiration for morally ambiguous heroes or anti-heroes." [Oxf Compan to Lit] These themes are particularly true for this well-known story. Dr. Jekyll, a physician cognizant of the duality of good and evil in his personality and intrigued with the idea of developing these sides separately, into different people, discovers a drug that will help him do so. His alter-ego is called Mr. Hyde and is pure evil, gradually taking over the other side of his personality. Dr. Jekyll eventually loses control of the two sides and is forced to deal with the consequences. "Jekyll and Hyde" is one of Stevenson's most collectible titles. Bookseller Inventory # 19855

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis

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Item Description: London Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. First Edition of Jekyll and Hyde in the Original Wrappers STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. First English edition. Octavo (6 15/16 x 4 5/8 inches; 176 x 117 mm). [8], 141, [1, blank], [1, ads], [1, blank] pp. Original buff paper wrappers printed in blue and red. With the 1885 date on the front wrapper altered in ink to 1886 [as always]. Ads for Longman’s Magazine on inner front wrapper and ads for G.J. Whyte Melville’s works on inner rear wrapper. Some chipping and flaking to the spine and edges. Back wrapper detaching at the bottom two inches along the spine, but still secured. A small dampstain runs along the bottom edge of back wrapper and final leaf of ads, and wraps around to bottom part of spine and slightly to front wrapper. A small black stamp to back wrapper. Wrappers a bit browned and slightly creased, but complete. Internally very clean. Overall, an excellent copy of this fragile item which is usually found rebacked and in poor condition. In a custom full morocco clamshell. Published on January 9, 1886, four days after the American edition (which was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons on January 5). "It had been intended to publish this book in December, 1885. But, according to Mr. Charles Longman in Balfour’s Life, when it was ready the bookstalls were already full of Christmas numbers, etc., and the trade would not look at it" (Beinecke). Beinecke 349. Prideaux 17. HBS 66095. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66095

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STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR.: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First State of the First Edition, First printing One of the very scarce first printing hardback examples issued in green cloth. The US edition preceded the UK edition as the true first printing. An important title in the horror genre. The Scribner edition was published 5 January 1886, four days before the British edition was published by Longmans, Green. 4200 copies were printed of which only 1200 were issued as a hardback in green cloth, and the remaining 3000 were issued in paper wrappers. This is one of the scarce hardback editions issued in green cloth. ¿a Faustian moral fable which takes the form of a tale of mystery and horror. It precedes Oscar Wilde¿s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1891), which in some respects resembles it, by five years, and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession; in some respects it is also a tale of drug dependency.¿ ¿ Clute and Nicholls. ¿A classic in the genre, it has been historically one of the most important stories in late Victorian literature.¿ ¿ Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2094. ¿. one of the supreme works of horror literature, setting the pattern for and influencing as many imitations as DRACULA.¿ ¿ Sullivan (ed) The book is in beautiful condition with slight bumping to the corners. Clean green boards with gilt titles to the front and spine. The book has benefited from rebacking laying the original cloth back down. The book has no edgewear, and the binding is very tight and square. The originally end papers are present with bookplate and scripted owner name and date (1886) All pages are present and are remarkably clean with no stains and no foxing. Please see many detailed images. A very handsome example of this scarce title in very clean collectible condition. Perfect for a horror collector, or a collector of the classic landmark titles. Presents well on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for other Horror and SciFi classics. Bookseller Inventory # 001104

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. A wonderful copy bound in the publisher's ORIGINAL green cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy of this First Edition in collector's condition. We buy Stevenson First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14752745564

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

Published by Longmans, Green London 1886, London (1886)

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Item Description: Longmans, Green London 1886, London, 1886. 1st Edition. Full gilt panelled period brown morocco, Very Good + condition The First British Edition, beautifully bound. All edges gilt, small dark area to the edges of first 4 pages blanks 1/2 title. Bookseller Inventory # 002029

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Issue published by Scribner's, 1886. A nice copy bound in the publisher's original cloth. The binding is tight with with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14752745632

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1886. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. No Jacket. First Edition. 1st edition, 1st issue, 1886, half title (with titles listed to verso), title (with neat previous owner inscription of Ursula Fitzsimon, 2 Dec. 1911 at head), single leaf advert at end, stitches a little weak(one broken but others holding), original wrapper printed in red and blue,lacking most of spine.Internally exceptional, very clean and bright.The Scarce first issue, with the date hand-corrected in ink to the upper wrapper.Originally scheduled to be published in December 1885, the publisher, concerned the book would be overlooked amongst a glut of Christmas offerings, postponed its release to the following January. The wrapper was already printed, and the printed date was changed by hand from 1885 to 1886. Bookseller Inventory # 105438

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (172 x 115 mm). [8], 141, [1], [2] pp., including half-title and advert leaf. Red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (binder's stamp to rear doublures), with gilt tooling to covers showing a gilt portrait of Dr. Jekyll on the front board and Mr. Hyde on the rear board, spine banded in 6 compartments with gilt lettering and tooling, all edges gilt. Custom-made quarter morocco slipcase. Internally near fine, a couple of small ink marks to pp. 56-7, ownership signature dated 1886 to half-title, some very slight rubbing to covers. ---- Prideaux, 17; Beinecke 346; Lilly 21; McKay 348. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The work is commonly associated with the rare mental condition often called "split personality", referred to in psychiatry as dissociative identity disorder, where within the same body there exists more than one distinct personality. In this case, there are two personalities within Dr. Jekyll, one apparently good and the other evil. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next. Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how personalities can affect a human and how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story. While still a teenager, he developed a script for a play about Deacon Brodie, which he later reworked with the help of W. E. Henley and which was produced for the first time in 1882. In early 1884 he wrote the short story Markheim, which he revised in 1884 for publication in a Christmas annual. One night in late September or early October 1885, possibly while he was still revising Markheim, Stevenson had a dream, and upon wakening had the intuition for two or three scenes that would appear in the story. Biographer Graham Balfour quoted Stevenson's wife Fanny Stevenson: "Louis Vivet, a mental patient who was suffering from split-personality disorder, caught Stevenson's inspiration while developing the story. As was customary, Mrs Stevenson would read the draft and offer her criticisms in the margins. Louis was confined to bed at the time from a haemorrhage. Therefore, she left her comments with the manuscript and Louis in the toilet. She said that in effect the story was really an allegory, but Louis was writing it as a story. After a while Louis called her back into the bedroom and pointed to a pile of ashes: he had burnt the manuscript in fear that he would try to salvage it, and in the process forced himself to start again from nothing, writing an allegorical story as she had suggested. Scholars debate whether he really burnt his manuscript; there is no direct factual evidence for the burning, but it remains an integral part of the history of the novella. Stevenson re-wrote the story in three to six days. A number of later biographers have alleged that Stevenson was on drugs during the frantic re-write; for example, William Gray's revisionist history A Literary Life (2004) said he used cocaine, while other biographers said he used ergot. However, the standard history, according to the accounts of his wife and son (and himself), says he was bed-ridden and sick while writing it. According to Osbourne, "The mere physical feat was tremendous and, instead of harming him, it roused and cheered him inexpressibly". He continued to refine the work for four to six weeks after the initial re-write. The novella was written in the southern English sea side town of Bournemouth, where Stevenson had m. Bookseller Inventory # 002376

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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, London, 1886. First edition. Original wrappers bound-in to half-leather binding by Stikeman. Excellent. Bookseller Inventory # 16147

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: 1886. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. One page undated ads. Original salmon cloth. First English Edition, which according to Beinecke was published on 9 January 1886 -- four days after the American one (Longmans had intended to publish it in December 1885, but the bookstalls were already so full of Christmas numbers that the trade "would not look at it"). The story of how RLS came to write this classic tale is by now well known:~He was one night in the middle of a nightmare when Fanny, alarmed by his disturbance, woke him. Louis complained with irritation that she had interrupted a 'fine bogy tale.' Seizing his pen the following day he began to write down the story he had dreamed. Initially it was the Gothic horror of the story that excited him, and he produced a first draft at great speed, reading the story triumphantly to Fanny when he finished. But Fanny wasn't happy with the story. She felt that it could be more than a Poe-like crawler, that it could be more morally pointed than Louis had fashioned it. Certainly in this case it can only be said that her comments did the story and Louis considerable good. Angrily the first draft was cast into the fire and he started again, this time producing the version of DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE that we know. [Calder]~What an imagination! -- hard to believe that this is the same writer who came up with another book published by Longmans Green, just one year earlier: A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES.~This copy is in the original salmon-colored cloth; other copies were issued in wrappers (no priority: the leaves for both were printed at the same time, then copies in each binding were offered simultaneously, at two different prices); we can say that today these cloth-bound copies are much the scarcer of the two. This is an unusually clean, just-about-fine copy. There is a tiny bit of rubbing at the extremities, but there is none of the bubbling nor soil that so often afflicts this cheaply-produced, light-colored book. The original patterned endpapers are fine, and there is no foxing on the leaves within. After 125+ years, this book no longer turns up in much better shape. Beinecke 348; Princeton 30A (copy 1). Bookseller Inventory # 11333

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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

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Item Description: CHAS. SCRIBNER'S, NYC, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1st "Authorized Edition". Attractively bound in original printed wraps in Full hunter green leather with gilt spine. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10533

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STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR: Stevenson (Robert Louis)

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Item Description: London ;- Longmans Green and Co, 1886. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First English Edition. First Issue. A NEAR FINE COPY. Small Crown 8vo. Original cream wrappers, printed in blue and scarlet. With ink correction of date at foot of front cover as called for. Plain spine expertly relined. (viii) + 141pps. + (i) blank + (i) Advert for 'Child's Garden of Verses' + (i) blank. Complete with adverts to inner front and rear wrappers. Rare in this attractive state ! Published Jan. 9th, 1886. Some light foxing to Half Title otherwise remarkably clean and fresh ! ( Prideaux 17;- Beinecke 349.). Bookseller Inventory # 3961

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.: Stevenson, Robert Louis

Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, And Co., London, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 16mo - over 5¾ - 6¾" tall. This is the true U.K. first, published in fawn wraps printed in red-and-blue, originally intended for the 1885 Christmas trade and thus dated to the front wrap 1885, that date subsequently corrected to "1886" in ink by hand by the publisher for a January release. Said front wrap, hand-corrected as called for, is bound in, with ad for January number of Longmans' Magazine (in the same colors) to verso. Said bound-in front wrap is soiled. Text complete at 141 pp., with the printer's credit ("Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square, London") repeated at bottom of final page of text, which is numbered 141. Said final page a bit wrinkled and stressed, but still easily read. However, the next page following final page of text is now the blank rear free endpaper -- rear wrap missing and not bound in, and the same is true (obviously) for the publisher's ad to recto of said missing rear wrap. Else good. This paperback original has been bound in green cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine, probably in the early 20th century, as said gilt titles are now considerably faded, and both free endpapers moderately foxed. A hard-to-find true first of a desirable book, this copy will close its text block, but has been bound in after-market boards, and is missing original rear wrap; else good. Reduced from $3,500. Bookseller Inventory # 003352

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons (1886)

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First American edition, 1886. Octavo. Original gilt stamped dark green cloth, t.e.g. (minor wear along top edge and spine ends). Green cloth slipcase. Very good. 138 pages + 4 pages ads. Will H. Lowe's copy with his signature and 26 line inscription mentioning meeting Stevenson, on front free endpaper. Bookplate on front pastedown. Beinecke 346 - 1,200 copies were issued in cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 308229

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Item Description: CHAS. SCRIBNER'S, NYC, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Owner stamp. Minor edgewear. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10590

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Item Description: Longmans, Green, London, 1886. [8], 141, [3]pp. 175 x 116 mm. 20th century half cloth, cloth boards, hinges cracking; original printed front wrapper bound in. Light toning, wrapper a bit soiled, but very good. First edition, first issue, with the date changed to "1886" on the front wrapper. Stevenson's classic tale of "split" or multiple personality. Prideaux 17. Bookseller Inventory # 41828

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

Published by London; Longmans, Green & Company, 1886. (1886)

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Item Description: London; Longmans, Green & Company, 1886., 1886. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION in hard cover, preceded by the first edition in wrappers by one week. Octavo. [8], 141, [3] pp (1 leaf of publisher's ads to rear). Book Condition: Very Good. Publisher's original salmon-coloured cloth with black titles to upper board; floral endpapers. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Rubbing to head & tail of spine and corners; minor soiling to boards and spine. Virtually invisible minor paper repair to front inner hinge; foxing to endpapers. A better than average copy of Stevenson's "split personailty" novella. Bookseller Inventory # 3835

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1886, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Authorized Edition. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Pp (2,blank),(8),[1]-138,(2,blank),(4,ads),(2,blank). 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to front cover and spine, t.e.g. This is the First American Edition which preceeded the British edition by a few days. Wear to spine ends and corners, some dampfading/spotting to cloth, small brown stain to front cover, minor foxing to front endpapers, else very good. With previous owner's name and date of "Jan'y 9 1886" to front free endpaper (only 4 days after January 5, 1886 date of publication). 2,000.00. Bookseller Inventory # 47533

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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS.

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Item Description: London: Longmans, Green, 1886, 1886. First English Edition; bound by Bayntun without wrappers or original cloth in full straight-grain morocco; decorated in gilt; all edges gilt; some rubbing; very good. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Bookseller Inventory # 32857

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Stevenson Robert Louis

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Item Description: Frank F. Lovell & Company, New York, 1887. Soft. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. The date Feb 25, '87 at the bottom of the front cover. 1/4" of the bottom below that has been trimmed away some time past. 3/4" chip in front cover at top left near spine. Paper has tanned. Covers and spine are brittle. Intierior is supple. 50% of the paper of the spine has chipped away. Edges are rounded with age. Small name "Hitt" in ink at top of front cover. Flat and well preserved. Very likely never read. No odor. Dated one year after the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 13432

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