STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE, by Robert Louis Stevenson - 1886 [1st Ed]


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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Scarce True 1st Edition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Green cloth features clear gilt on front and spine, housing a gently aged interior, with gilt along head edge of text block.
  • Exterior has some modest wear, while interior is gently toned with pervasive corner marginal dampstains of varying prominence.
  • Binding is secure and tight.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • In detail:
    • Shoulders are scuffed in places.
    • Spine ends are bumped and scuffed, a little frayed at foot, and with softening at head.
    • Corners of boards are lightly scuffed and bumped.
    • Edges of boards have a little light scuffing in a few places.
    • Front cover has a series of light scuffs near fore edge, with bump at center of fore edge. (Please see photos)
    • Back cover has a faint stain to lower third, that slightly darkens cloth.
    • Front and back cloth exhibit some horizontal rippling, radiating from spine, no more than 2".
    • Front cover has 1mm bubble 1" in from foot corner.
    • Front board has slight concave warp.
    • Ffip has pencil owner's sig, and black ink stamp.
    • Back pastedown has some pencil in a different hand.
    • Dampstaining at corners may be obvious, but mostly presents only as light-to-medium stains. Visible on exterior at textblock edges. Within, tidemarks at foot corner are more distinguished at start of book, and barely discernible on some pages. Marks at head corner are more prominent on recto, and generally more faded on verso. At its most significant, the tidemark dips into the numbering from pgs 55-117. It starts at only a scant 1/4" into margins. The most prominent tidemarks begin at pg 27, with subsequent pages showing surprising variance. At times, it is mostly a line that shows some darkening above it as the stain fades. (Please see photos)
    • Text block edges show variegated fading and faint lines of the above mentioned dampstains. Gilt edge is still shiny with a little dust and faint lines. (Please see photos)
  • CR20190905

138 pages + 4 pgs of publisher's ads. 5 x 7.5 inches.

EDITION POINTS: "Authorized Edition" stated on title page, elevates this edition to a higher place than the seldom mentioned 1881 printing. This U.S. edition in its green cloth boards is considered to be the 1st state, 1st printing and TRUE FIRST EDITION. 4200 copies were printed of which only 1250 were issued as a hardback in green cloth instead of paper wrappers. Our Scribner's American edition was released 4 days before the UK edition ( Longmans, Green).

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. London legal practitioner, Gabriel John Utterson, investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde. Originally published as a "shilling shocker," it rose above it's humble origin, not just in helping to launch Stevenson's writing career but in leaving a mark on future generations. The characters' names insinuated themselves into the English language, so that the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" has come to represent an unexpected dual nature of good and evil. “It is a Faustian moral fable which takes the form of a tale of mystery and horror… and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession… The psychological power of the writing is patent” (Clute & Nicholls, 1165).

PROVENANCE: Prior owner's signature is dated June 1886. Also has a black ink stamp in caps: KENNEDY

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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