• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 188

    STEVENSON, Robert Louis (1850-1894). Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886.

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    STEVENSON, Robert Louis (1850-1894). Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886.

    8o (180 x 119 mm). Original tan printed wrappers (some staining and light chipping to backstrip, lower cover becoming loose); cloth folding case. Provenance: Herbert E.D. Blakislow (owner's name on upper cover, dated 1886); Henry Taylor (bookplate).

    FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, wrappers issue with the "5" in the date on the front wrapper changed by hand to "6." Preceded by the American Scribner edition by four days. "Like Shelley's Frankenstein, this is an updating of the Faust theme which speculates on the dangers of science out of control...Stevenson's theme of the human mind fragmenting into mutually exclusive, mutually destructive bits has been treated by countless later writers" (Lilly). Ashley VI, p. 8; Beinecke 349; Lilly 21.


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