The First London Edition with the Original Wrappers Bound InRobert Louis Stevenson. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. London. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886.
First edition, first issue with date hand-corrected. Octavo. 141, [1, publisher's advertisement leaf] pages.
Original printed wrappers bound into contemporary three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards with gilt spine titles. Binding heavily worn, with front board and endpaper detached. Spine separated along front joint and chipped at the spine ends. Some abrading and light soiling to the original wrappers. Very occasional minor spotting to text. A very good copy, and a prime candidate for minor binding repair.
The classic and still fascinating novella that examines the duality of human nature that exists in us all, set against the strict mores of Victorian society. Though actually published in 1885, Longmans held off the release of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde until 1886, fearing it would get lost in the Christmas publishing frenzy. First issue books were already printed with "1885" on the front cover and the publisher elected to correct the date by hand on these copies.
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