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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Stevenson (Robert Louis) - 1886. 
FIRST UK EDITION, one or two finger marks, bound without the advertisements,pp. [viii], 141, crown 8vo, contemporary or near contemporary blue cloth, titled in gilt on the spine, good This copy may have been one of those in the first issue wrappers, since it would not have been necessary to rebind a copy in the salmon-coloured cloth. The front wrapper had the date 1885 with the publishers intending it for the Christmas market, but when it was ready the shops were already full of Christmas stock and the trade wouldn't look at. Therefore it was delayed until January, which allowed the US edition to appear first, by a matter of four days.'In his fiction Stevenson is seen exploring moral ambiguity and duality in human nature; a recurring theme is the contrast and conflict between good and evil. He achieved world-wide success with his "shilling shocker" Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), a moral allegory about the divided self and the problem of evil, the main incidents of which came to him in a dream. The characters of Jekyll and Hyde have become proverbial and the story has been widely translated, reprinted in countless editions, and dramatized (if often distorted) in plays and films'
[Bookseller: Blackwell Rare Books]
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